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The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders strives to protect the American Dream in Central Alabama for housing opportunities for all, while working to promote professional success for its members who build, remodel, and maintain communities, create jobs and improve our local economy.

GBAHB Covid-19 Update

Many of you have expressed concerns over the growing COVID-19 crisis and what effect it will have on the home building industry. The HBAA is concerned along with you, but is taking every step possible to minimize its impact on the industry.

Potential for a Statewide Shelter in Place Order

Yes, there is a potential that at some point the state will consider such an effort. We have been in contact with that Governor and her staff for the past few weeks discussing the need to deem construction and related industries as essential businesses. We are continuing those discussions and are working with other construction and real estate trade associations in Alabama to create a uniform front.

As of right now, there is no such order in place and workers may continue to work as normal. We do advise that you encourage them to social distance and we urge you to heed all directives and guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

Local Shelter in Place Orders

Some communities have begun to limit social interaction and work activities. We would urge local associations to reach out to government officials in your area to ensure that those orders include construction as an essential business. NAHB has provided some guidance that can be useful in this area based around the order issued in San Francisco that specifically exempts construction. See NAHB's email on this matter here.

Governor’s Order (Dated March 19)

There has been some confusion over yesterday’s order from Governor Ivey. Among the prohibitions:

“All gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. This Order shall apply to all gatherings, events or activities that bring 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time.”

This order is intended to apply to gatherings of non-essential social events. It is not intended to apply to Alabama businesses or its workforce.

Inspections and Permitting

Many city and county governments have restricted public access to their facilities. We would encourage that each local association reach out to the permitting and inspection entities in your area to become aware of their plans. We have been approached by various communities and have suggested that they employ online services as appropriate to accommodate permit and inspection requests. For those areas without access to online services, we have suggested a drop box approach that limits face to face contact. Departments that want to ensure social distancing may want to consider inspections that restrict contact with anyone on the jobsite. This would prohibit any walk-through with the builder, but under the circumstances, it would ensure timely inspections. Local governments may consider video/distance inspections through online or cell phone technology. Each community may handle this differently, but let them know that, as an industry, home builders are willing to accommodate those steps that the government feels appropriate and that facilitates timely inspections and permitting.

HBAA Activities

Your HBAA Senior Officers and staff are conducting business as “usual” for now. At this critical time, the HBAA is focused on anything it can do to minimize any negative affects this crisis may have on you and your business. As you know, we have cancelled the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards Banquet and are postponing the basic carpentry courses until the crisis has averted. The HBAA will make decisions on other events as necessary as time moves forward.

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Upcoming Events

In the interest of public health, the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders has decided that all GBAHB meetings and events will be cancelled, postponed, or continued via virtual conferencing through the month of March. Our team will also be contacting each council and committee chair directly to determine the best course of action for their upcoming meetings and will communicate once decisions are made. Thank you for your cooperation.

04/03/2020

Fishing Tournament Hosted by YP

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04/14/2020

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04/16/2020

Fish Fry / Crawfish Boil hosted by YP benefiting ABPAC


GBAHB Office- Parking Lot

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05/14/2020

Golf Tournament benefiting ABPAC at Top Golf


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05/27/2020

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05/28/2020

Spring Parade of Homes Kick-Off Party

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Members in the News

Steadman Named HBAA Associate of the Year

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- Mary Steadman of Birmingham has been named the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA)’s Buddy Berry Associate of the Year for 2019.

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Taylor Burton Inducted Into Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- Taylor Burton of Birmingham has been inducted into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame, the highest honor presented by the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA).

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Eye On Housing

What States are Most Reliant on Immigrant Construction Workers

Mar 27th 2020 : Earlier this month we published a post highlighting a high and rising reliance of construction on immigrant workers Foreign-born workers now account for almost a quarter of workers in the construction industry and close to of construction tradesmen In some states reliance on foreign-born labor is even more pronounced Immigrants comprise close to of the construction workforce in ...
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Jobless Claims Soar Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

Mar 26th 2020 : The U S Department of Labor released Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report this morning Surprising but expected the weekly initial claims on unemployment insurance surged in the week ending March due to the impact of the COVID- crisis In the week ending March the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits known as jobless claims soared to a ...
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Survey: Builders Say Coronavirus Hurting Traffic

Mar 25th 2020 : In a survey conducted by NAHB online in recent days percent of respondents said the coronavirus has had an adverse effect on traffic of prospective buyers The survey which was publicized in various internal NAHB communications and social media collected responses between March and March The largest share of responses percent came from single-family home ...
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Most Likely (Unlikely) Features in a New Single-Family Home in 2020

Mar 25th 2020 : Home builders make a lot of decisions about how to run their businesses every day Among their most critical determinations is what features to include in the homes they build Experience region trends target audience and many other factors play a role in a decision that directly affects their bottom line In order to provide our members with actionable research ...
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New Home Sales Post Strong February Reading

Mar 24th 2020 : New home sales were solid in February before challenges associated with the coronavirus set in on the economy Contracts for new single-family home sales declined slightly in February by to a seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates from the joint release of HUD and the Census Bureau However this marked a gain over the February ...
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Top Features First-Time Home Buyers Want

Mar 23rd 2020 : After rising for six consecutive years to the average home size in the US has fallen steadily for the past four years to In fact estimates indicate the average home built in was the smallest since This trend is evidence that builders are working to meet the demand for smaller homes that they are ...
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