The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA) is a not-for-profit professional trade association dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the homebuilding industry as a viable economic force in the Atlanta area.
The HBA was founded in 1945 by a group of builders looking for an organization to serve their interests and needs within the homebuilding industry. In 1989, the association changed its name from the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Atlanta to the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. The new name reflected the association’s increasing membership and changing climate of the local homebuilding industry.
Today, the HBA is comprised of 10 geographic chapters and eight specialized councils, led by member volunteers and professional staff, which strive to address issues unique to the various professionals within the association. This system promotes member participation and allows them to influence future actions of the HBA. More than 60 years and dozens of awards, honors and recognition later, the association continues to thrive and prosper.
The Greater Atlanta HBA is one of more than 800 local homebuilders associations throughout the U.S. and is affiliated with the Home Builders Association of Georgia and the National Association of Home Builders. The HBA has approximately 1,200 member companies (as of September 2010) and is the fifth largest local homebuilders association in the country.
Builder members range from large companies to individual contractors and include developers, custom and speculative builders, multifamily builders, manufactured housing companies, residential remodelers and general contractors.
Membership in the association is not limited to builders; members represent an array of housing-related businesses and industries including trade contractors; building materials manufacturers, suppliers and distributors; lending institutions; real estate companies; utilities; surveyors; title companies; attorneys; accountants; engineers; architects; designers; and more.
The official charity of the HBA is HomeAid Atlanta, a non-profit organization dedicated to building and renovating transitional housing for temporarily homeless children, women and men in the Atlanta area. The HomeAid Atlanta chapter was founded in October 2001.
The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association's vision is to lead the housing industry in the promotion of policies and practices that support free enterprise and the creation of desirable communities for all in a growing and sustainable region.
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association members believe and affirm that: home ownership can and should be within the reach of every American family; American homes should be well designed, well constructed and well located in attractive communities with educational, recreational, religious and shopping facilities accessible to all; and American homes should be built under the free enterprise system. To achieve these goals, we pledge allegiance to the following principles and policies: our paramount responsibility is to our customer, our community and our country; honesty is our guiding business policy; high standards of health, safety and sanitation shall be built into every home; members shall deal fairly with their respective employees, trade contractors and suppliers; as members of a progressive industry, we encourage research to develop new materials, new building techniques and improved methods of home financing to the end that every home purchaser may get the greatest possible value for every dollar; all sound legislative proposals affecting our industry and the people we serve shall have our informed and vigorous support; we hold inviolate the free enterprise system and the American way of life; we pledge our support to our associates, our local, state and national associations and all related industries concerned with the preservation of legitimate rights and freedoms. We assume these responsibilities freely and solemnly, mindful that they are party of our obligation as a Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association member company.