The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association works to enhance the climate for housing, homeownership and the residential building industry.

A federation of more than 800 state and local associations, NAHB represents more than 140,000 members nationwide. About one-third of NAHB’s members are home builders and/or remodelers. The others are associates working in closely related specialties such as sales and marketing, housing finance, and manufacturing and supplying building materials. Each year, NAHB’s builder members construct about 80% of the new homes built in the United States, both single-family and multifamily.

Since its inception in the early 1940s, NAHB has served as “the voice of America's housing industry.” Its primary goals are to ensure that housing is a national priority and that all Americans have access to safe, decent and affordable housing, whether they choose to buy a home or rent.


Special thanks are due to NAHB’s Construction Liability, Risk Management, and Building Materials Committee, and the following Working Group members, who assisted in the development of the Form Contracts:

  • John Cochenour, Lexington Fine Homes, Bellevue, WA
  • Robert Hanbury, CGR, House of Hanbury Builders, Inc., Newington, CT
  • Paul Kane, Executive Vice President/CEO, Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • Ray Kothe, Kothe Contracting and Construction Management, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Mark Miesse, President, Memphis Title Company and Mark B. Miesse & Associates, PC, Memphis, TN
  • William Owens, Owens Construction Contracting Co., Powell, OH
  • Eric Person, Chief Executive Officer, Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut, Rocky Hill, CT
  • Randy Strauss, Strauss Construction, Amherst, OH

The Form Contract documents were prepared in conjunction with NAHB’s Office of the General Counsel* and under the general direction of Director of Legal Research, David Crump, Jr., assisted by Vice President, Legal Advocacy, David Jaffe.

Thanks also to the following individuals and associations for sharing their contract documents with the Working Group:

  • Ray Tonjes, Ray Tonjes Builder Inc, Austin, TX
  • The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders
  • HBA of Greater Tulsa

*The Office of the General Counsel manages and supervises all legal affairs and works on a diverse array of legal matters to advance NAHB’s overall mission including litigation, regulatory and advocacy matters.