The NVBIA has 4 goals:
- To advocate for builders at the local, state and national levels.
- To educate our members through certified and non certified classes and seminars (we are always looking for speakers).
- To create networking opportunities to grow and foster business relationships.
- To support our community. We have been achieving these 4 goals for over 75 years.
Our 5th goal, is to help our builders generate sales through our annual Parade of Homes. If you are not familiar with the Parade, it is a 2 day marketing event designed to help generate traffic into our builders homes. This is a great way to take part in a $200,000+ marketing campaign designed to bring consumers to our website www.vaparade.com. This past year we had over 10,000 individual people spend an average of 10 minutes on the site. There was an average of over 20+ pages per visit while people were setting up their tour. Some of our builders and remodelers saw 200-400 people during the parade.
The NVBIA consists of 4 chapters: Fairfax-Alexandria-Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, & Fauquier. Each chapter meets regularly to discuss the ongoing and ever changing challenges for building homes in those areas. This is where our advocacy efforts are aimed. We work with local elected officials and county government personnel to help keep development costs as low as possible, increase the time for approvals, and influence changes in policy. Whether you have the time to be an active member or not, the advocacy our association performs is well worth the nominal investment. You may want to get involved in Loudon, Prince William, Fauquier, or FAA.
When you join the NVBIA you also are becoming a member of the Home Building Association of Virginia (HBAV) & the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). It is through these 3 memberships that we are able to offer great financial benefits and continuing education. When you take advantage of the financial benefits membership can pay for itself. Here is a link to the rebate program with 40+ products you can receive rebates for using HBAV Rebates Program.
We host a number of fun networking events allowing you to meet and grow relationships with the vendors you need to maximize your profits. Our largest and most attended “Members Only” function is Meet the Builder. This is a reverse trade show where home building purchasing decision makers, like you, are seated at tables and each associate member that chooses to attend get 3-5 minutes with each one. At our last Meet the Builder our over 100 different vendors introduced themselves to the 40+ New Home Builders in attendance. The great part about this event for builders like you…it is FREE! Some of our other events include Casino Night, Crawfish Boil, Oyster Roast, Great American Living Awards, and a Crab Feast.
We also have committees and councils that you may wish to join. The Real Estate Finance Committee meets regularly to discuss the market with builders and developers as well as hosts a Outlook (spring) and Wrap up (December) presentations. The Associates Committee lends a voice to 2/3rds of our membership. They host a fun networking event in the fall. The Membership Committee helps to retain and grow membership in the NVBIA. Our “Green” Building Committee discusses the new ways to be energy efficient and more responsible for our resources. Our Sales and Marketing Committee is in charge of the Great American Living Awards. These are just a few of the committees that help grow and foster professional relationships with potential vendors and colleagues alike.
Lastly, we give back to the community through different charitable organizations. The NVBIA started the Northern Virginia chapter of Home Aid. HomeAid Northern Virginia builds and renovates homeless shelters, transitional houses, food banks, medical clinics, counseling centers, and other facilities that help homeless people gain stability and a roof over their heads. HomeAid leverages the resources of the homebuilding community and its corporate partners to conduct major renovations to shelters and homes to provide safe, stable and new living arrangements for previously homeless persons. HomeAid’s partners and resources help to significantly reduce the construction costs to care provider organizations, thereby allowing them redirect those dollars back into programs and services for these homeless families and individuals. HomeAid Northern Virginia was started in 2001, since then HomeAid has completed over 45 projects valued at over $10 million.
Our individual chapters also help additional charitable organizations. For example, our Prince William chapter continues to work with Project Mend-A-House. Currently we will be helping to supply materials to add an addition to a home for a family dealing with a growing child with muscular dystrophy. The parents started the addition but ran out of money.