About Capital Region Builders Association
Our mission is to protect the American Dream of housing opportunities for all, while working to achieve professional success for its members who build communities, create jobs and strengthen our economy.
CRBA is a professional, regional home-builder association aka “local”. The metropolitan region covers nine parishes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana. This area has a population of more than 800,000 people, as of the 2010 census.
CRBA is a member-driven organization, which includes more than 1,000 builders and partnering organizations that provide products or services to the building industry, as well as any individual or entity that desires to support the industry.
CRBA is a 501(c)6 non-profit business association with two additional entities:
With over 1,000 member companies, CRBA is among the top 10 home builders associations in the nation and the LARGEST in Louisiana.
History of Capital Region Builders Association
The CRBA was founded in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1953, by about 6 residential contractors who knew that their voice was louder and stronger as a group rather than individuals.
The association's initial goals were to stop some of the unnecessary regulations being imposed on the industry that caused the cost of housing to increase. They also wanted the opportunity to stay on top of the best practices for residential construction. For the past 60+ years, those goals have not changed.
Originally the group was called the Home Builders & Apartment Association of Greater Baton Rouge and was located in a corner of a builder’s office in downtown. Later, office space was rented and more members joined the association. After a few more moves, the leadership purchased a lot and built the beautiful building where CRBA is today. The name was changed to Capital Region Builders Association in 1997. The goal of many members and the staff is to move to a location where larger meetings and classrooms could be available.
How CRBA Gives Back to Our Community
The Capital Region Builders Foundation (CRBF), a charitable philanthropic arm of CRBA, was established in 2008 and has built homes to benefit St. Jude Hospital and Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. CRBF also partnered with Homes for Our Troops to build an accessible home for a local veteran who was severely injured in Afghanistan. In 2015, CRBF built a beautiul home in Green Trails to help The Capital Area United Way. The 2016 Home for Good is currently underway and we feel it will be the most successul and will benefit Woman's Hospital and their outreach programs.
With a Community Development Block grant from the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, Capital Region Builders Foundation and Home Builders Institute have partnered to provide career training in the building trades to at-risk teens. Graduates can earn a certificate that proves to employers they have skills they need to be successful on the job.
A message from Dwayne Gafford, 2018 CRBA Chair
Capital Region Builders Association (CRBA) offers a unified voice on industry issues and is proud to be the recognized leader in the home building industry and a major voice in governmental affairs.
Membership benefits can help you work smarter, not harder to enhance your business whether you build one home or 1,000 homes per year. CRBA offers benefits that can save you money, too!
No one can afford to "do it alone" in an enterprise so vital to your region, so impacted by the global market, and so susceptible to the impact of public policy. The association operates for the benefit of the housing industry and those engaged in related fields in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and St. Helena.
I encourage you to join with your fellow builders and become part of the industry that supports you. When you join CRBA, you automatically become a member of the Louisiana Home Builders Association (LHBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).