The Issues In Our State
Alaska truly is the Final Frontier, realized in our industry by the lack of a statewide building code. Alaskans are afforded the right to build their own homes, and it is common to hire unlicensed and uninsured contractors throughout the process.
Although these state-given rights speak to the fundamental values of what it means to be Alaskan, home owners often come up short when they hire unlicensed, uninsured builders or handymen who simply walk off-site after being paid, never to be heard from again.
Next generation Alaskans inherit ‘legacy’ homes and with them, expensive cold climate upgrades or remodels that try to bring their dwelling up to par. Costs of electric, fuel and heat utilities are on the rise, and often the State and municipalities must subsidize these expenses for families who cannot afford to maintain a home that was built poorly.
The building industry suffers immensely from a shortage of skilled labor, especially in rural Alaska. In our cities, jobs continue to disappear in fields of construction. State spending is down, and overall the industry here has hit a rough patch.
Alaskan Governor Bill Walker held a housing summit in early 2016, where he asked industry professionals to identify problems throughout the state and brainstorm a fix; through the ALASKA BUILT.® campaign we aim to further this conversation, working in collaboration with his administration as a leading resource and liaison to the public.
Who We Are
An Alaskan Team of Industry Professionals
AHBA is a non-profit, member-driven organization that promotes policies that make housing a national priority. Since 1959, AHBA has been representing the home building and remodeling industry and promoting safe, affordable housing, serving its members, the housing industry and the public at large.
ASHBA is the state level home building association, a non-profit, member-driven organization that supports building contractors and trade workers across Alaska.
Alaska State Home Building Association
If you are a home buyer, builder, or supplier in Fairbanks or the Interior... you've come to the right place. The Interior Alaska Building Association's mission is to promote safe, durable and efficient housing by educating consumers and building industry professionals for the benefit of our community.
Interior Alaska Building Association
How You Can Help
Alaska is Our Home. Let's Build It Right!
Oh.. and its the law. So the guy who skimped on business expenses such as, say, liability insurance, might also skimp out on you should he get in a bind. You can avoid that uncomfortable *and expensive* scenario by hiring the guys & girls who follow the rules.
Contact your local home building association for a list of licensed, bonded, and insured contractors who care about you and where you live.
Attend your local Home Show. Take the your local Parade of Homes tour. See what quality builders are doing in your hometown, and support them by telling them you appreciate their work. They work hard, year-round. Even at 50 below.
Keep an eye out around town for our line of ALASKA BUILT.® sportswear and other cool stuff. Proceeds go to member education, benefits, and legislation activities so that Alaskan contractors are able to build your community... faster, stronger, and better.
Tell your friends and neighbors that you, too, are ALASKA BUILT.® You're so hot in that muscle tank.