HBA Standards of Membership
Consumers can be assured that doing business with an approved professional member is a good investment. Our standards of membership for builders and remodelers help consumers select qualified home building and home improvement professionals.
The HBA of Greenville has represented members of the local residential construction community since 1960. Today, more than ever, we are focusing on both the needs of our members and the needs of area consumers. Our goal is for our association to be your trusted source for finding the finest builders, remodelers, and home improvement specialists in the Upstate region of South Carolina. We want consumers to feel confident that when they choose to do business with an HBA of Greenville member, they have chosen wisely.
We believe that these new qualifications and standards of HBA membership will be embraced by the local homebuilding community, with local builders and remodelers desiring access to a brand that stands for builder ethics and integrity. Under the new guidelines, a builder or remodeler applying for membership in the HBA of Greenville must:
- Be licensed by the State of South Carolina as a Residential Builder or General Contractor
- Keep the company’s HBA account current, including dues.
- Be in business for one or more years.
- Be free of unresolved judgments for one year.
- Maintain General Liability insurance of at least $1 million.
- Maintain Workers Compensation insurance consistent with state law.
- Offer a minimum of a one-year warranty on each home built, on additions to homes, and on remodeled homes when mechanical systems are replaced.
- Use a written contract in all business with consumers.
Companies that meet these standards for membership are designated as Approved Professional Builders or Approved Professional Remodelers, with criteria verified by our staff annually.
HBA of Greenville also recognizes members as Approved Professional Green Builders or Approved Professional Green Remodelers. In addition to maintaining the standards outlined above, green professionals must hold and maintain one of the following credentials: Certified Green Professional; Master Certified Green Professional; LEED-H or LEED-AP; ENERGY-STAR approved; or EarthCraft approved.
We also recognize members that meet the qualifications as Approved Professional Lead-Safe Remodelers. In addition to the membership standards, a company with the lead-safe designation must be Lead-Safe Certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.