Trade Associations and Resources
Trade associations in the construction industry are as varied as the materials used to build. This section outlines and provides links to key membership organizations for all aspects of the industry that are focused on government advocacy, business to business networking, workforce development, and more.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.
ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Md., to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. The courage and dedication of those seven contractors helped to quickly spread the merit shop. Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America's business community and the merit shop construction industry.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry. AGC represents more than 26,000 firms, including over 6,500 of America’s leading general contractors, and over 9,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 10,500 service providers and suppliers are also associated with AGC, all through a nationwide network of chapters.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) helps its members build communities. Each year, NAHB’s members construct about 80% of the new homes built in the United States, both single-family and multifamily.
A federation of more than 700 state and local associations, NAHB represents more than 140,000 members. About one-third are home builders and remodelers. The rest work in closely related specialties such as sales and marketing, housing finance, and manufacturing and supplying building materials.
Founded in 1981, CFMA is the only organization dedicated to bringing together construction financial professionals and those partners serving their unique needs. CFMA serves more than 7,800 members via 95 chapters located throughout the US and Canada.
FMA General Members represent all types of contractors, including generals and subcontractors as well as developers, construction managers, architects, engineers, principals and material and equipment suppliers. General Member Dues for the current membership year are $340, plus any local chapter dues where applicable.
CFMA Associate Members are those serving the construction industry, such as public accountants, sureties, bankers, insurance agents/brokers and carriers, consultants and other service providers. Associate Member Dues for the current membership year are $440, plus any local chapter dues where applicable.
ASA Vision: The American Subcontractors Association is recognized as the united voice dedicated to improving the business environment in the construction industry.
ASA Mission: The American Subcontractors Association amplifies the voice of and leads trade contractors to improve the business environment for the construction industry and to serve as a steward for the community.
ASA Values: The ideals and beliefs of ASA are ethical and equitable business practices, quality construction, a safe and healthy work environment, integrity and membership diversity.
Construction Industry Resources
With the right tools and strategies, construction firms of all types can lay the groundwork for prosperity for years to come. This section provides links and outlines private and government resources geared to achieving that result.
BNi Building News publishes costbooks providing labor and materials costs for all aspects of the construction industry. The books are designed to help industry professionals prepare accurate estimates and bids. Currently published volumes include General Construction, Electrical, Mechanical/Electrical, Remodeling, Home Builder’s, Home Remodeler’s, Public Works, Facilities Manager’s, Green Building Square Foot Costbook.
An online collection of safety manuals, checklists, toolbox talks, insurance, legal and risk management resources for the construction industry. Includes sections on blasting safety, bridges, construction ergonomics, contractor fleet safety, demolition safety, excavation safety, fall protection, jobsite safety and more.
This site is the official small business link to the U.S. Government and the Construction page is a one-stop shopping site for some of the government regulations impacting the industry. Here you will find information on energy efficiency standards, federal contracting, hazardous materials, HUD regulations, stormwater and taxes.
The Small Business Administration backs various loan programs for small businesses. One that applies to small construction businesses is the CDC/504 Program. This is a long-term financing tool designed to encourage economic development within a community with the partnership of the SBA and a Certified Development Company (CDC). With the help of private sector lenders, financing is provided to small businesses for fixed asset projects such as the purchase of: land, or improvements including buildings, parking lots, and landscaping; the construction of new buildings; the renovation of existing buildings; and long-term machinery or equipment. Business size restrictions, job creation requirements, and maximum loan amounts apply.
The Internal Revenue Service's Construction Tax Center provides helpful tips and related links to tax guides for the construction industry, with information on such topics as accounting methods, excise taxes and energy credits. A listing of professional activity codes for the industry is also provided. Also discusses the Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009 that extends tax credits to first-time homebuyers.