California Building Industry Association

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California Building Industry Association
Formation1943 (1943)
PurposeRepresentation of the interests of builders and developers of housing and commercial projects
Robert Rivinius
  • The Building Industry Institute
  • The California Homebuilding Foundation
Formerly called
  • California Home Builders Council
  • California Builders Council

The California Building Industry Association (CBIA) is a state trade association in the United States. Headquartered in Sacramento, CA, the CBIA's mission is to advocate on behalf of the housing and the building industry.

The organization represents the interests of builders and developers of housing and commercial projects. The association supports state policies that eliminate or simplify building and environmental regulations in order to reduce construction costs.

Robert Rivinius is the current President and CEO of the organization.[1]


The CBIA was established in 1943 as a federation of local and regional associations representing builders at the state level and functioned solely as a lobbying organization. In 1952, the organization incorporated as the California Home Builders Council. In 1968, the organization changed its name to the California Builders Council. In 1977, the organization became a full-service state level association. In 1978, the organization changed its name to the California Building Industry Association. There are now 10 regional affiliates.[2][3]

Since 1977, a political action committee (PAC) and two subsidiary organizations have been established. The Building Industry Institute[4] was created in 1994 and is involved in researching strategies to benefit the building industry. The California Homebuilding Foundation[5] is an educational foundation that promotes the continued education of individuals and organizations interested in the building industry. The CHF also funds research to benefit the building industry. In addition to lobbying, the CBIA has incorporated technical, membership, insurance, and educational departments.

The CBIA sponsors the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, a regional building conference and trade show [6] which draws thousands of attendees and exhibitors each year.


In 2008, the CBIA ended a consulting agreement with Alan Nevin, a San Diego economist.[7]

In 2010, the CBIA objected to a proposed Los Angeles law that would require new homes, larger developments, and some redevelopment projects to prevent stormwater runoff from reaching the ocean. According to the Los Angeles Times, "The law was designed to mitigate the negative effects of urbanization by controlling runoff at its source with small, cost-effective natural systems instead of treatment facilities. Reducing runoff improves water quality and recharges groundwater...Under the ordinance, builders would be required to use rainwater storage tanks, permeable pavement, infiltration swales or curb bump-outs to manage the water where it falls. Builders unable to manage 100% of a project's runoff on site would be required to pay a penalty of $13 a gallon of runoff not handled there -- a requirement the Building Industry Assn. has been fighting."[8]

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  1. ^ "CBIA President & CEO Hails Federal Action to Increase Conforming Loan Limits". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  2. ^ "North State Building Industry Association Benefits of Membership". Archived from the original on 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  3. ^ "Building Industry Association of Southern California Affiliated Organizations". Archived from the original on 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  4. ^ "The Building Industry Institute". Archived from the original on 2018-08-16. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  5. ^ California Homebuilding Foundation
  6. ^ "PCBC Retains Burson-Marsteller to Promote Conference and Exhibitors". Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  7. ^ "Building industry group will let economist go". Sacramento Bee. Dec 25, 2008. p. 9B. Retrieved 2009-01-09.[dead link]
  8. ^ Los Angeles might require rainwater capture Proposed law would apply to new home-building, larger developments and some redevelopment projects to prevent runoff from reaching the ocean. A builders group has voiced some objections.