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News and Updates

  • 24 Mar 2017 3:55 PM | Doug Vu (Administrator)

    Many association members are frustrated by non-members who don't maintain professional business practices and perform quality work. PBA CEO Daniel Durden and Berks/Firefly Homes' John D'Angelo and Bryan Entrekin talk with ABC27 News about how homebuyers can ensure they are hiring a quality contractor. READ MORE HERE.

  • 13 Feb 2017 9:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    A newly announced exclusive member benefit is at your fingertips thanks to the Member Advantage program through NAHB. Lowe's Pro Services now offers a business card that saves you twice! After registering, you'll save 2% on your Lowe’s Accounts Receivable (LAR) or Lowe’s Business Accounts (LBA) purchases, and receive free delivery on purchases over $500. Save an additional 5% every day at the store when you mention the 5% at time of purchase and when using your LAR or LBA.

    More information is available at www.nahb.org/ma and www.LowesForPros.com/nahb

     

     


  • 10 Feb 2017 9:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Now you can easily get your tickets for the 2017 Installation & Banquet Awards online! Our new online event registration is up and running and we've extended the deadline for the early bird registration discount.

    Tickets will be $75 until February 17th ($85 after that & at the door).

    Click here to register now!

    Join us for dinner, open bar & entertainment by The Characters to celebrate the 2017 Leadership team, Builders Gala Award Winners and PBA's 2017 President Andrew Kaye.



  • 03 Feb 2017 10:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Daniel Durden, PBA CEO, joined mortgage banker and realtor representatives on WITF to discuss the housing outlook for Central Pennsylvania. While there is still a lot of reason for caution, the signs are trending upward for continued growth in 2017.

    You can check out the show here.


  • 02 Feb 2017 11:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)
    Snazzy Traveler

    PBA is glad to announce a new member benefit. We have an exciting opportunity for you to receive exclusive access to Snazzy Traveler, America's Fastest Growing Travel Company. As a valued supporter you are receiving FREE access to Snazzy Traveler for a whole year! Snazzy Traveler is an exclusive members only travel website valued at $99 with rates on Hotels, Rental Cars, Luxury Cruises and Activities up to 75% off online retail prices.

    Visit snazzytraveler.com/pba and enter
    Promo Code: PBATravel2017

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    Questions? Contact PBA Staff.


  • 30 Jan 2017 9:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    All members are invited to join us for drinks, dinner and entertainment to honor the Leadership Team, Builders Gala Award recipients and the 2017 PBA President Andrew Kaye.

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017
    Reception at 6 p.m., Banquet at 7 p.m.
    Black tie optional

    SHERATON VALLEY FORGE
    480 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406

    Tickets are $75 per person before February 17th ($85 per person after that). 

    Click here to register now!

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    Questions? Contact the PBA staff.

  • 26 Jan 2017 9:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Don't miss the PBA 2017 Winter Board Meeting taking place in King of Prussia. As the first board meeting of the year, this is one of our most highly attended events. It also coincides with the Installation & Awards Banquet on Friday evening. Dinner, drinks, entertainment and a chance to honor the Leadership Team, Builders Gala Awards recipients and PBA's 2017 President Andrew Kaye! Details and event information below.

    PBA 2017 Winter Board Meeting

    Friday, February 24th - 25th
    Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel
    480 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia PA 19406

    Click here to view the full Schedule of Events, including committee meetings and seminars.

    Ready to get registered? RSVP for the meetings you want to attend before February 17th.

    Accommodations

    Room reservations need to be made directly with the Sheraton Valley Forge by calling 800-325-3535 or online by clicking here.

    Room rates are $155 (plus taxes and fees) for single or double occupancy. Check in time is 3 p.m.; check out time is noon. Reservations need to be made prior to the February 3rd room release date.

    2017 Installation & Awards Banquet

    Friday, February 24th
    Reception at 6 p.m., Banquet at 7 p.m.
    Black tie optional

    Tickets are $75 per person before February 10th ($85 per person after that). RSVP with seating requests and meal choice to Mary Ann Sesler at masesler@pabuilders.org no later than February 17th.

    Click here to download event flyer and view meal choices.

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    Questions? Contact PBA Staff for more information.


  • 06 Jan 2017 1:00 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    We're kicking off the New Year with tremendous news. On January 5, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania dismissed the Clean Air Council (CAC) lawsuit that threatened to mandate accelerated adoption of all model building codes, including the mandate for fire sprinklers in all homes. PBA's arguments were instrumental in defeating this frivolous suit.

    Technically, the Court dismissed the case without prejudice. That means that the CAC could refile the case with the Commonwealth Court if the CAC can allege new facts or theories of law that would establish standing. Alternatively, the CAC can appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Nevertheless, barring a successful appeal, the dismissal all but shuts the door on the bulk of the CAC's claims.

    Although the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, the court's language didn't display any appetite to taste this matter again. (If you wish to read it, you can find the Court's full opinion here - Memorandum Opinion CAC Dismissal.) Near the end of its opinion, the Court stated (emphasis added):

    [T]he causal chain alleged by CAC in support of its challenge is premised upon a dizzying array of actions taken or not taken by governmental and nongovernmental actors once RAC issued its recommendation pursuant to the PCCA, and presumably each time RAC issues a recommendation in the future, which may impact actions taken or not taken by CAC members. These allegations are simply far too remote to satisfy even a relaxed standard of causation maintained to ensure that the most injurious and widespread government actions can be questioned by the citizens of this Commonwealth.


    From the beginning, PBA engaged in a furious litigation and fundraising effort to defeat the suit. First, PBA had to gain specific approval from the Court in order to intervene in the lawsuit. PBA was not a party to the original claim. We genuinely feared that the state agencies might settle the case in a manner that hopelessly disadvantaged residential construction. 

    Without PBA's effort to intervene, the Court would never have heard the position of PBA's members. Second, led by PBA's Governmental Affairs leadership, PBA built a war chest to fight this battle on behalf of the members. The generous donations of PBA members and industry friends made this win possible. Litigation is never cheap. Without your contributions, PBA may have struggled to fight this case.

    Let's savor this victory. Thanks go out to all those who contributed to the PBA's litigation efforts without your financial support the outcome of this decision could have been very different.   

    Pennsylvania Home Builders are the only advocates that consumers can trust to safeguard the integrity and cost effectiveness of the construction code.  PBA has long been the voice of the residential housing industry and with your continued support stands prepared to keep fighting these ongoing legal battles.  

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    Questions about this story? Contact Daniel Durden at ddurden@pabuilders.org or Sarah Miller at smiller@pabuilders.org


  • 31 Oct 2016 9:30 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    The PBA Fall Board Meeting in Hershey was a sweet, sweet success! With candy in every room and the smell of chocolate in the air, the Hershey Lodge was a buzz of excitement for all of our meetings and seminars. Here are some of the weekend’s biggest highlights.

    Making Connections at 2nd Annual Meet the Builder

    On Friday, over 40 members participated in this unique event that provided free access to 13 manufacturers. This networking event offered builder members an opportunity to strengthen their relationships and connect face-to-face with manufacturers from across the state. Lots of event photos are up on our Facebook page!

    Thank you to the sponsors who made this event possible:
    Andersen Windows

    Bradford White Water Heaters
    Delta Faucets

    Royal Building Products
    Velux Skylights

    Weyerhaeuser Wood Products
    James Hardie Fiber Cement

    GAF Shingles
    Home Savings and Loan

    Thermatru Doors
    Daltile Tile

    Lutron Electronics

    Insightful Discussions during Senior Officers Forum

    A new addition to the Board of Directors meeting proved very valuable! On Saturday morning, the 2017 Senior Officers hosted an open forum for discussion about the direction of our association and upcoming initiatives for next year. Topics brought up included the next generation of membership, elimination of outdated policies and ideas to generate new members while maintaining current relationships.

    Opportunities to Learn at Two Seminars

    There were two popular seminars over the weekend offered to our members. The first, hosted by the PBA Housing Finance Committee, was a panel of experts providing insights into how builders can access special housing finance opportunities in Pennsylvania. Thank you to panelists David Corwin, Housing Programs Director with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coleen Baumert, Director of Homeownership Programs with the PA Housing Finance Agency for joining us!

    The second presentation was the “Prospects to Profit$” seminar featuring Rick Munson, President/CEO of Paramount Business Development. This workshop focused on turning prospects into a raving fans with lead generation, follow up processes and important tips for turning quotes into profit.

    Over $14,000 Raised for BUILD-PAC

    Friday night’s BUILD-PAC reception featured special guest Representative Scott Perry who spoke to our members about the importance of the upcoming election. This event, along with contributions made during the Board of Directors meeting, raised over $14,000 for BUILD-PAC to help them surpass their cycle goal for this year. Thank you to everyone for your support!

    Partner Participation

    Another huge thank you to our partners JRG Advisors, EK McConkey, and BDX for networking with our members and assisting them with questions over the weekend. We appreciate you sharing your time with us!

    PBA 2017 Winter Board Meeting

    Mark your calendar for the next Board of Directors Meeting on February 23-25 at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel. We look forward to seeing you there.

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    Follow us on Facebook for more event photos - www.facebook.com/pabuilders


  • 21 Oct 2016 9:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)
     Article Written By: HBA of Berks County Staff

    There are 5 key pillars that help to frame the value of membership within our association. These pillars are the perfect tool to recruit new members and maintain relationships with current members.

    Advocacy –

    The Home Builders Association of Berks County represents the home building industry on the local level in Berks County. With over 200 members, we are the voice of the community when it comes to addressing issues within the building industry.

    Expertise –


    The Pennsylvania Builders Association represents the home building industry at the state level, and often works with individual locals at the municipal level. PBA has staff that is knowledgeable on statewide issues concerning your industry & government affairs. The battles won have resulted in members saving thousands of dollars per home.

    The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) represents our industry at the federal level.

    Why It Matters: Building codes can have a profound impact on the comfort and safety of residents as well as the cost of construction and the cost of operating the home. NAHB can help members work toward cost-effective and safe codes. There is staff liaison available to assist you. NAHB also offers members FREE legal research, sample contracts and more!

    Savings –

    Save money and earn your membership dollars back by taking advantage of various discount programs! The annual PA One Call fee of $125.00 is waived. Fax or email us your invoice, and we’ll take care of the rest. Take advantage of the Member Rebate Program, get discounted rates on Worker’s Compensation, take advantage of the $500 / $1,000 GM Discount offer, Verizon discounts and more!

    Networking –

    Get involved, get to know fellow members on both the local and the state level. HBA Members are welcome at all state meetings & events. Attending events is a great way to network. Sponsorship opportunities are available and will allow you to promote your business too other HBA members. Participate or volunteer in local events. On a local level, the HBA of Berks gives everyone an opportunity to participate in the Annual Home Show, Lobsterfest, Parade of Homes, Builders & Remodelers Awards ceremony and free or low cost networking events.

    Knowledge –

    Free or low cost seminars offered by the HBA of Berks County. On occasion, we will partner up with local likeminded organizations and hold joint seminars.

    Get Certified! NAHB has a variety of Certification programs for both Builders & Remodelers, at discounted prices. You can access these courses conveniently online from your office or from home.

    When in need, members have access to professionals on all three levels, who are knowledgeable industry experts!

    Some battles being fought on behalf of the building industry are much bigger than others. At some point, the battles being fought in other states, may end up being the same battles we will have to fight here in Berks County in the near future. If it affect’s one, it may affect us all.


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