You all have seen the Jimmy Stewart classic It’s A Wonderful Life, and we are all reminded that things could be worse and there is hope when a community comes together for a common cause. The same moral holds true for the home building industry in the Deep East Texas area. By working together as an industry, DETAB, with the help of the HOME-PAC (Texas Home Building Industry Political Action Committee,) has provided the industry with an environment that supports its goals of building affordable, quality homes.
All too often these victories of DETAB and TAB members are often forgotten or overlooked as time goes by and new industry issues emerge. So, included below is list of just a few of the many DETAB and TAB achievements from the past years of advocacy.
Without the Home Builders Associations…
- OSHA would still be imposing $7,000 fines per incidents per person for fall protection and would not have provided reimbursements to those who were fined .
- Residential fire sprinklers would be mandatory in every political jurisdiction that adopted the 2009 International Residential Code.
- Additionally, homes built under the 2009 International Residential Code would be at least $20,000 more expensive than they are with the HBA amendments adopted. (Please note price savings vary between jurisdictions.)
- Generally, local regulation would be quite different as the Associations have worked to change minimum square footage requirements, reduce or eliminate impact fees, modify sign ordinances, escrow policies and requirements, street standards, etc.
All of these successes would never have occurred for the industry without the hard work and leadership of our DETAB and TAB members and the strength of the HOME-PAC. These two entities work together to create a powerful advocacy force for the home building industry. If you are interested in becoming more involved in current political efforts or contributing to the HOME-PAC, please do not hesitate to contact the DETAB office at 936-875-3000 or [email protected] to find out how you can become more involved in DETAB!
Contributed By Gene Stumpf III, St. Louis, MO HBA President