Who We Are

The Voice of Homebuilding and New Construction in California

The California Building Industry Association is a statewide trade association based in Sacramento representing thousands of member companies including homebuilders, trade contractors, architects, engineers, designers, suppliers and industry professionals in the homebuilding, multi-family and mixed-use development markets.

Our Mission

The building industry has historically played a significant role in California’s economic strength, and its success is critical to the state’s current recovery. With new housing construction contributing $38.6 billion and supporting more than 209,000 jobs to California’s economy in 2013, it is critical to continue the industry’s increasing momentum and growth. That is why CBIA is focused on supporting intelligent, constructive policies that bolster the construction industry and will fight back against efforts that seek to stifle the economic benefits of the new construction and homebuilding sector.

In recent years, our successes have included beating back efforts to impose costly, overly burdensome inclusionary housing mandates, lobbied the California Energy Commission to decrease new energy efficiency standards costs by 70 percent while maintaining a high standard for California housing, and launched a coordinated strategic effort to put a $9 billion school construction bond on the 2016 ballot.

In the future, we continue to focus on a great opportunity to aggressively advocate for logical, balanced CEQA reform and strategic regulatory relief that will continue to spur California’s economic growth.

Our Future

What’s in store for housing and CBIA in the next 75 years? Homeownership will remain a foundational desire and priority for most Californians and CBIA is prepared to continue engaging with our legislators to ensure more Californians have a place to call home.

CBIA represents the interests of professionals in the housing, commercial, mixed-use development industry. The Association has been instrumental in furthering state policies that:

  • Simplify or eliminate restrictive, costly building regulations and introduce more flexibility into land use decisions.
  • Balance the concern for the environment and energy conservation with the need for affordable housing.
  • Ensure that reasonable growth and development is both planned for and encouraged.
  • Bolster the state's economic growth.

Our History

The California Building Industry Association was established in 1943 as a federation of local and regional associations representing builders at the state level. For years, the group functioned solely as a lobbying organization. In 1952, the organization incorporated as the California Home Builders Council and, in 1968, changed its name to the California Builders Council.

In 1977, following an extensive review by outside consultants and an internal evaluation committee, the organization underwent a major reorganization. The federation became a full-service state level association and is managed by a Chief Executive Officer. The organization's name was changed in 1978 to the California Building Industry Association. There are now 10 regional affiliates.

Since the reorganization, CBIA has grown to include legislative, technical, communications, and membership departments. A political action committee and two subsidiary organizations have been established.

Each year, CBIA presents PCBC, the largest regional builders' show in the nation. Held annually, PCBC features an extensive display of product innovations from hundreds of the industry's leading manufacturers and suppliers and a full educational conference with topical keynotes, seminars, and workshops in fields ranging from business strategies to marketing to product design to applied technology.

The California Homebuilding Foundation promotes and encourages the continuing education of individuals and organizations interested in the building industry. The foundation sponsors educational seminars and furnishes scholarships, grants and fellowships to college students majoring in building industry-related programs. CHF also funds research to benefit the building industry.