The Home Builders Association (HBA) is the only non-profit organization in the greater Austin area that exists solely to serve the residential building sector. Last year was a challenging year for everyone. We recognize that in times like these all businesses are looking at how to cut costs.
So why is your HBA membership a necessity? In short, membership allows unique benefits in the areas of advocacy, networking, and education to name a few, which will more than pay the price of your annual membership fee. Take a minute to learn about some of the benefits of an HBA membership.
Build Representation – Advocacy
Advocacy is hands down one of the most important benefits of HBA membership. The HBA is the industry’s voice at the local, state and national levels, advocating to ensure that the regulatory environment is pro-housing across the 30 municipalities and seven counties we represent. Our active and diligent Government Relations Committee keeps tabs on hot industry topics and takes action when necessary to encourage industry growth and development. Additionally, we work with the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) on state and national housing issues. In 2020, this advocacy work was especially significant as the HBA was instrumental in lobbying to ensure that the home building industry was deemed essential during the pandemic. This is an area where we will continue to be vigilant to keep Austin building.
Build Relationships – Networking
Our 700+ member companies consist of custom and volume builders, remodelers, developers and a variety of other housing-related entities such as building materials suppliers, trades, banks, REALTORS and architects to name a few. Any company that relies on or is impacted by the housing market can and should be an HBA member. The HBA holds a host of events throughout the year on both large and small scales where you can network and spotlight your business. Additionally, joining a council or committee allows for regular face time within an intimate setting. No matter your interest or mission, there are numerous opportunities to expand your brand, make connections and grow your business through the HBA.
Build Knowledge – Education & Conferences
The HBA offers a variety of informative classes and seminars each year hosted by experts in our industry to broaden your knowledge and help grow your business. This includes two annual housing forecast conferences, as well as instructional courses ranging from project management to hands-on builder training. This year, we are proud to announce that in partnership with NAHB, we will be offering a variety of certification courses beginning in the spring. Due to the pandemic, we will hold virtual, in-person and hybrid events so you can participate in the manner that is most comfortable to you. We will be closely monitoring local and state guidelines and will make adjustments as is necessary.
Build Assurance – TAB & NAHB
As an HBA member, you are also a member of TAB and NAHB. This three-in-one membership includes access to discounted products, services, as well as residential building contracts and more.
The HBA is committed to protecting the best interests of our members. If members are hung up by shutdowns, building codes, permits, inspections, or red tape, they are not building homes which trickles down to the bottom line home sales. The HBA is the conduit between all things affecting home building in Austin which includes you! Take action and become an HBA member. We are stronger in numbers.
For more information or inquires about joining the HBA, please contact our Director of Programs and Membership Erin Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-982-9187.