MEMBERSHIP AT THE Colorado Association of Home Builders is strong and healthy. As of July 2017, CAHB membership is at 1,985 builder, associate and affiliate members from across the state.
CAHB is part of the three level Homebuilders “Federation” that is comprised of the 10 local associations, the state association and the National Association of Home Builders. Members join their local association and are then afforded the benefits of membership in both the state and national associations.
At that national level, membership is over 140,000 with over 700 local and state associations. NAHB’s members construct about 80 percent of the new homes built in the United States, both single-family and multifamily. Since it was founded in the early 1940s, NAHB has served as the voice of America’s housing industry, working to ensure that housing is a national priority and that all Americans have access to safe, decent and affordable housing, whether they choose to buy a home or rent.
The Colorado Association of Home Builders was founded in 1974, as the unified voice of the Colorado Home Building Industry primarily at the Colorado legislature and in the rules and regulations promulgated by the various state agencies and boards impacting the home building industry.
CAHB is an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders and has 10 local home builder associations across Colorado. The statewide membership of nearly 2,000 represents over 40,000 jobs, and the industry adds over $11.5 billion annually to the Colorado economy; the Colorado Association of Home Builders plays a crucial role in providing housing for Coloradans.
Membership at CAHB has been very stable over the past four years as the economy has improved, showing that members have had the capacity to negotiate the many challenges and obstacles to provide for the Colorado housing demand. Membership is expected to grow as the economy continues to expand and remains stable into the future.
Recent statistics show that building permits issued in Colorado for 2016 totaled about 35,700. 19,200 of those were for single family detached homes and then 16,500 were for attached homes (apartments, condos and townhomes). Similar to the national engagement level, CAHB members construct nearly 80 percent of the new homes built in Colorado.
CAHB is about home building and home builders, with those entities making up about 30 percent of the statewide membership. Builder members are those that are specifically engaged in the construction of new homes but are also comprised of remodelers, community developers and commercial contractors.
The other often overlooked aspect of membership include the associate and affiliate members. Those members are engaged in businesses that are an important part of the delivery of housing and include suppliers, realtors, title companies, mortgage companies, banks, subcontractors, insurance companies and professional consultants to name a few. Associate members are strong supporters and contributors to the Association in fulfillment of the Association objectives serving on the Board, the standing committees and task forces. Likewise, Associate members serve on boards and committees at the local and national levels.
Most of the building activity in Colorado takes place along the Front Range from Pueblo to Fort Collins and Greeley.
In the past five years, approximately 90 percent of the new housing occurred in the 10 counties making up the “Front Range”. Similarly, 70 percent of the CAHB membership is represented on the Front Range.
The west slope has 6 local associations starting in Four Corners in Cortez; the Southwest HBA in Durango; the Western Colorado HBA in Grand Junction; Mountains to Mesa HBA in Glenwood Springs; Summit County HBA in Breckenridge, and the Grand County HBA in Granby.
Participation in CAHB is strong from all across the state. Local associations from all over Colorado alert CAHB to current issues and concerns and are encouraged to provide expertise, the fruit of experience, input, and guidance on decision making.
Joining your local association is how you can to participate to make a difference to your business and the industry. Get involved to understand the processes and then engage in advocating for the rules and lawmaking and advocate for the ability to construct the housing that is required by your friends and neighbors.