For an additional fee a member can elect to join one of our five (5) councils.

Professional Women in Building Council $75.00
Remodelers/Custom Builders Council $50.00
Multi-Family Housing Council $50.00
Young Builders Council $50.00
High Performance Home Green Building Council $50.00
These councils deal with special interests in matters of the member’s industry.

You are cordially invited to join the Professional Women in Building (PWB), a select group of inspiring women who share strategies and solutions to promote, enhance and support professional women in today’s home building industry.

As a PWB member, you’ll be entitled to receive four information-packed issues of Building Women magazine, as well as enjoy numerous other benefits — all for just $75 a year!

Join today to be entitled to all these benefits:

Building Women  Magazine

Published three times a year, this publication is  the premier source of new home trends and techniques, as well as professional growth for women in the home building industry.

We-Connect eSource:

A quarterly e-newsletter to keep you up-to-date on events and meetings, legislative news, and issues that have an effect on your bottom line. All we need is your email address and this content will be in your inbox the day it’s published.

Web Channel Online Resources:

NAHB Professional Women in Building’s exclusive member-only web channel can be accessed at  Visit the site often. We feature information on women in the industry, thriving in a family business, trends in building, and professional and personal development.


Learn from your peers how to find success as a woman in the building industry. During national meetings held three times a year, members from across the country have the opportunity to join their peers in discussions about key industry issues, professional development and business management. Don’t come to meetings? Online networking opportunities are available on Facebook, LinkedIn, and the Professional Women in Building Member Directory.


The council offers leadership training at NAHB meetings. Topics include leadership skills, communications skills, time management and public speaking. In addition, educational programs are presented at the International Builders’ Show on topics that will assist your career and your life.

Political Action:

Members are actively engaged in working for political candidates who support the goals of the building industry. Training programs on how to be involved in the political process are held at national meetings or are available through email.

Scholarship Competitions:

The Building Hope Scholarship Fund provides funds for local, state and at-large members. Winners of council and member competitions designate student recipients in their area to receive those scholarships funds. Winners of the Council and Leadership Awards, National Membership Day, PWB Spike Club and other competitions receive scholarships of up to $500 for each award.

The National Housing Endowment Professional Women in Building Council Strategies for Success scholarship is awarded to students pursuing post high school education towards careers in building and related industries.

Educational Grants and Travel Awards:

Members are eligible to apply for “Women of the Future” grants.  The grants provide funding for continuing education related to professional development in the skills needed to advance in the home building industry. Members are also eligible to apply for a Professional Women in Building Travel Grant that supports member attendance at the International Builders’ Show.

Community Service:

Members participate in a variety of projects such as Habitat for Humanity and HomeAid. Providing scholarships for students studying in building-related fields is another way that the council nationally and locally gives tangibly to their communities.

The HBAGC Remodelers represent the interests of the Remodeler, Builder and Associate Members of HBAGC in the area of remodeling. Membership in the Council is open to owners and employees of Remodeler, Builder and Associate Members of HBAGC who are actively engaged in a remodeling business or provide services to the remodeling industry.

The mission of the Council is to enlighten the public as to the need for and the advantages of maintaining their homes in good condition and to encourage ethical conduct and uniform practices among firms in the remodeling industry.

Remodelers in the Council have the opportunity to earn professional designations such as CGR (Certified Graduate Remodeler) or CGA (Certified Graduate Associate through the Regional Education program ). Click here for more information on the National Association of Home Builders professional designations and a list of upcoming classes being offered at the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago offices..

HBAGCR is strongly supported by the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers. Click the links below for more resources.

May is National Remodeling Month
The Remodeling Channel-NAHB’s one-stop resource for all of your remodeling information needs
NAHB Remodeler of the Month Program

Please call 866-773-5598 to learn more.

2013 Officers

Scott Walbridge…………………………………………. President

Dave Brady……………………………………………… Past President

The Multifamily & Community Housing Council represents the interest of the members of the Association–both Builders and Associates–whose major focus is in the area of producing multi-family housing and development. The council also is responsible for establishing high standards of professionalism and to offer educational opportunities for continued growth and development for its members. To become a member please call Rita Unzner at 866-773-5598[/tab_item] [tab_item icon=”” title=”YOUNG BUILDERS COUNCIL” tabs=”tabs”]If you’re new to the industry YBC is a great fit for you. Not only is it a great way to get involved in the association, it is a lot of fun! Most importantly, it is an excellent opportunity to learn and develop your leadership skills. We are always looking for new members and new ideas. So if you want to find a fun and functional way to get involved with HBAGC, YBC is the perfect place to start!

To be eligible for membership you must be an employee of a Builder or Associate Member of HBAGC. Click here to learn more about how to become a member. If you are interested in serving on the YBC Board of Directors, please contact us.

Annual Events

  • Golf Outing
  • Scott Brown Memorial Scholarship – When funds are available.
  • Speed Networking

New! Honored Guest Program

YBC is now offering its members access to experienced industry professionals at our monthly meetings! Guests will start our meetings with some of their stories and advice for young professionals.

Scott Brown Memorial Scholarship – When funds are available.

The YBC also presents the annual Scott Brown Memorial Scholarship, which provides financial assistance for students studying construction and helps them gain knowledge about the real estate industry. The scholarships are presented at the HBAGC Installation of Officers. Download the Scott Brown Memorial Scholarship Application form.

The High Performance Home Green Building Council and its five sub-committees are open to all HBAGC members and prospective members. The HPHGBC meets on a monthly basis, with all meetings posted on the HBAGC calendar. If you are interested in learning more about the newest “green” techniques, technology and initiatives are encouraged to become active in this Council.

Chair Pat Coveny, Arch Construction
NAHB Green Building Program Implementation Sub-Committee
Marketing & Communications Sub-Committee
Governmental & Lending Incentives Sub-Committee
Education Sub-Committee
HBAGC Green Building Council By-Laws Sub-Committee

What is Green Building?

A sustainable building, or green building is an outcome of a design which focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use — energy, water, and materials — while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building’s lifecycle, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.

Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

  • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

The related concepts of sustainable development and sustainability are integral to green building. Effective green building can lead to 1) reduced operating costs by increasing productivity and using less energy and water, 2) improved public and occupant health due to improved indoor air quality, and 3) reduced environmental impacts by, for example, lessening storm water runoff and the heat island effect. Practitioners of green building often seek to achieve not only ecological but aesthetic harmony between a structure and its surrounding natural and built environment, although the appearance and style of sustainable buildings is not necessarily distinguishable from their less sustainable counterparts.

Why Build Green?

1.) Energy Savings.
Because of increased water and energy efficiency, you have the potential of saving thousands of dollars over the life of your home.

2.) Indoor Air Quality.
Green homes feature superior indoor air quality, which improves their overall livability. Green builders reduce pollutants and improve ventilation so your family can breathe easier.

3.) Peace of Mind.
Green homes are built with the environment in mind. From energy and water efficiency, to reduced construction waste and the use of renewable materials, you can take pride in the fact that your home has less negative impact on the environment.

Fact or Fiction?

Green building is complicated.
The term “Green building” is somewhat ambiguous, and applies to various levels of conservation design planning, energy efficiency and material use. Some people go to great lengths to build green by generating their own renewable power. Others build green by installing extra insulation or energy efficient appliances. Choose the level that works for you, and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from knowing that the changes you made are good for your customers, your business and the environment. Build as Green as your customers are willing to pay for. Need consumer demand.

Green building is expensive.
Many green building techniques can be applied at little or no additional cost. Plus, when operational costs, such as heating, cooling and water use are factored in, green buildings often provide home buyers with a savings over time. It is important that home buyers understand the potential long-term savings associated with many green building techniques, as this can be a selling point for your homes. Thanks to the green building movement, structures built today are typically twice as energy efficient as those built 30 years ago. Dishwashers use 40 percent less water, the amount of energy needed to run a washing machine has dropped 45 percent, and toilets use 1.6 gallons of water per flush compared to four in the 1970s.