The Home Builders Association of Greenville was founded on January 16, 1960. The association was officially organized and chartered as an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders on that date in 1960.
Greenville was much smaller in 1960. The dominant industry was textile manufacturing. The typical house was much smaller too, averaging just 1,200 square feet.
That same week President John F. Kennedy accepted the oath of office and gave his famous address in which he encouraged all Americans to "ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."
The association was formed so home builders and other professionals in the home building industry could work together and cooperate in promoting the industry, new homes, home remodeling, repairs, and improvements, and other areas of interest to the home building industry. The association began with a few dedicated members and has grown to almost 500 member firms today.
In 1960, Interstate highways were in their infancy and I-85 was a vision. Greenville County's population was less than one-third of what it is today. Much has changed about Greenville since 1960, and much has changed in the home building industry.
Technology has changed the way new homes are built, and the way older homes are remodeled. In 1960 a single place in the home for a telephone was common. Today central vacuum systems, networked computers in every room, an intercom system as well as security systems are commonplace.
In addition, under the leadership of the Home Builders Association, building codes make new homes in America the safest in the world.
As our society has become more affluent, the size of our homes has grown from the modest two- and three-bedrooms and a single bathroom common in 1960 to much larger and more comfortable homes of today. As a result, the homes built in 1960 are frequently remodeled by members of our association to update them to the needs of their owners of today.
As new homes have changed, so has the industry. Our members are adjusting to a trend back toward smaller homes that include even greater amenities. Common today are long-life surfaces like granite and marble that were the things of mansions in 1960. And new homes, and their builders, must continue to keep pace with the march of improvements in technology.
Just as the industry is changing, the Home Builders Association is changing to meet the demands of the industry for another 50 years. While programs like representation of the industry in the halls of government remain a core mission of the association, new programs like the Approved Professional Builder program have been added. Our association is even advocating that the professionals in our industry make continuing education mandatory. As a result, our association regularly offers education opportunities to help our members to be better home building professionals.
Our association also is working to become a significant resource to the community. Whether you want to build a home or remodel or repair your existing home, our association wants the community to look to the Home Builders Association of Greenville first for information about how to have the work done, and who to hire to do the work. Much of that information is right here on our website.
1960 - HBA of Greenville founded, Donald Baltz installed as first
1961 - Produced first Parade of Homes and Southern Home and
1962 - Project 62, a demonstration home featuring technology of the
future; Edgar W. Teasley installed as first Executive Director
1963 - Second Parade of Homes produced
1964 - HBA purchases, remodels, and sells a home as a
1969 - Parade of Homes produced in two developments, record-
breaking attendance numbers
1970 - HBA purchased and remodeled its first office building at 702
1971 - Ladies Auxiliary formed; began supporting a weekly Meals on
1972 - Produced Project 72, The Home of the Future; First Builder
1974 - Residential Builders License Law passed with HBA support;
group health insurance program initiated
1978 - Parade of Homes at Heritage Lakes features 27 new homes;
Governor-Elect Dick Riley is guest speaker at Year-End
1980 - Scholarship at Clemson University established in partnership
1982 - Microwave Cooking School offered at the Southern Home and
1983 - HBA membership grows by 42 percent; produced two Parade
1986 - Statute of Limitations passed with HBA support
1987 - New Home Buyer's Guide published bi-monthly in the
1988 - HBA provided 160 smoke detectors to needy families through
"Get Alarmed South Carolina"
1989 - Southern Home and Garden Show moves to the Palmetto
Exposition Center, now the TD Convention Center
1990 - Housing Summit '90 produced
1992 - Parade of Homes produced in four subdivisions; Co-
hosted U.S. President George Bush with the HBA of Columbia
1993 - NAHB hosted first-ever Leadership Conference in Greenville;
HBA established Home Builders Research and Education
Foundation of SC Inc
1994 - HBA publishes The Three R's...Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
1995 - Steve Thomas of This Old House featured at the Southern
Home and Garden Show
1998-1999 - Gale Crawford is first female President of the HBA of
2000 - HBA Office moved to larger office space at Creekside Park
2004 - Tree Sappling Project delivers new trees to hundreds of school
2005 - EarthCraft House green building program makes its debut in
2006 - First annual Tour of New Homes is produced
2008 - Southern Home and Garden Show attendance exceeds 19,000
2009 - Southern Home and Garden Show produces its first Fall show;
Builder Review goes online
2010 - HBA of Greenville celebrates its 50th anniversary
2011 - Southern Home and Garden Show celebrates its 50th
anniversary; HBA of Greenville affiliates with Clemson
University Student Chapter
2012 - Approved Professional Builder/Remodeler program launched
2013 - Gallivan, White & Boyd Legal Hotline launched; Southern
Home and Garden Bridge Awards launched
2014 - Sales and Marketing Council of the Upstate launched
2015 - Eighth Annual Housing Market Forecast becomes a
partnership with the Greater Greenville Association of
REALTORS®, Upstate Mortgage Lenders Association, and
the Sales and Marketing Council of the Upstate