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  • 31 Oct 2017 4:00 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    The PBA Fall Board Meeting in Hershey, PA was a “sweet” success. This year saw the unanimous passing of PBA’s 2018 Budget and the election of next year’s slate of officers, RVP’s, and RLO’s. We also engaged in an excellent seminar on disaster recovery, our annual Meet the Builder event, and the Government Affairs Committee’s confirmation of the signing of PA House Bill 409 (the “RAC Fix” bill).

    2018 PBA Senior Leadership

    Meet the Builder

    PBA’s third annual Meet the Builder featured 11 building industry focused service providers at a casual cocktail reception on Friday, October 27 at the Hershey Lodge. The event was a great way for PBA’s active builders and remodeler members to socialize, share ideas, and meet large national/regional product manufacturers as well as suppliers and vendors. Thanks to our sponsors and attendees for a great event.


    Disaster Recovery Fall Seminar

    Members gathered Friday afternoon for a seminar entitled “Lessons Learned” from Hurricane Harvey & Irma. PBA members and associates were joined by Ali M. Memari, Ph.D., P.E., Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair of Residential Construction at The Pennsylvania State University and Director, Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) in a roundtable discussion about how Pennsylvania can use natural disaster information from storms like Harvey and Irma.


    Finally, a huge thank you to our partners EK McConkey, and BDX for networking with our members and assisting them with questions over the weekend. We also thank McConkey for sponsoring the EOC Training Reception at Troegs.

    PBA Winter 2018 Board Meeting

    Mark your calendar for the next Board of Directors Meeting on February 24, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton, Reading, PA. We look forward to seeing you there!

     

     

     

  • 30 Oct 2017 9:57 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)
    On October 25, 2017 Governor Wolf signed House Bill 409 - PBA's long-awaited reforms and updates to the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (PA UCC).  Act 36 of 2017 extensively revises the code review process undertaken by the Department of Labor and Industry's Review and Advisory Council (RAC) for future updates.


    Act 36 immediately halts the RAC's current review of the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) Model Codes and requires a re-review of all code provisions contained in the 2012, and 2015 editions of the ICC Model Codes.


    On October 1, 2018 new regulations will be in effect codifying the RAC re-review the 2012 and 2015 ICC Model Codes providing a reasonable "catch-up" on six years of codes that have not been adopted in Pennsylvania.  Moving forward, all subsequent RAC review and adoption of future Model Code provisions will be delayed by a full three years.  Under Act 36 the 2018 ICC Model Codes will not be eligible for enactment in Pennsylvania until March of 2022. 

    Other Key Provisions in Act 36 of 2017 include:

    • Increases the UCC permit fee from $4.00 to $4.50 while authorizing the Department of Labor and Industry to contract with the ICC for a "PA Custom Code Book"
    • Authorizes the City of Philadelphia to propose an ordinance to adopt the 2018 ICC Commercial Codes (one-time jump ahead for Commercial only).

    Speaking on Final Passage of House Bill 409, Prime Sponsor Rep. Eli Evankovich stated, 

    "House Bill 409 creates a non-agenda-driven process for adopting those codes, and it is a delicate negotiation not just between the builders' associations, who stand up for the consumers of Pennsylvania, but also environmentalist groups, local government groups, labor unions, companies that are in the industry making products that are sold for residential and commercial construction. It is a good step in the right direction for fixing this process in Pennsylvania."

     PBA members will receive continuous updates through their Local Associations as the process of the RAC 2015 Code Review unfolds.

  • 03 Oct 2017 11:15 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)





    America’s skilled labor shortage is the focus of a recent cover story on CBS Sunday Morning that features PBA Endorsed Trade Program partner Lehigh Career & Technical Institute in Schnecksville, PA. The story also includes interviews with "This Old House" host Norm Abram, Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Homebuilders, and Mike Rowe, former host of the TV show "Dirty Jobs."

    Kurt Adam, assistant superintendent at LCTI is interviewed about their programs in 41 different trades that provide employers with skills such as plumbing, welding, and carpentry.

  • 28 Sep 2017 2:35 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)
    EPA Seminar

    Date: October 26, 2017

    Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

    Register Now

    Event Description:

    Compliance Assistance Session on the RRP Rule with EPA Representatives 

    • What is the RRP Rule?
      • The Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA, use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers, and follow lead-safe work practices.
    • Why is it Important?
      • The RRP Rule is designed to protect children and families from hazardous lead dust that could potentially be created when lead-paint is disturbed during renovation, repair, or painting projects.
      • Avoid costly fines and civil liability
        • Without certification and by not following approved practices, you and your company can face fines and lawsuits.
      • Gain a competitive edge
        • Certification makes you stand out from others and positions you as a professional contractor consumers can trust.
        • Consumers will look for the certification before hiring contractors
        • Your company will be listed as a Lead-Safe Certified Contractor on the EPA Website, giving your company the potential for new customers.
    • What Will Be Covered in this Q&A Session?
      • Learn about the RRP Rule
      • How to obtain Firm and Renovator Certifications
      • Renovations covered under the RRP Rule
      • Work Practice Requirements
      • What to Expect at an EPA Inspection

    Click here for the flyer

  • 21 Sep 2017 11:54 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Workplace safety is key in running a successful business. Employers with committed safety programs help reduce employee injuries and help minimize insurance costs. The PBA Workers’ Compensation Program, through its carrier Eastern Alliance, is offering free safety presentations for current and prospective Workers’ Compensation program participants.

    Session date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    Starting time: 10:00 am, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
    Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
    Presenters: Dave Morrison
    Description: This program is designed for PBA members to help identify and address job site injury exposures. 

    Topics will include: 
    Fall Protection 
    Ladder Safety 
    Silica Exposures 
    Winter Weather Safety 

    We will also list and discuss the top 10 OSHA citations for the construction industry. 

    Register Here!



  • 19 Sep 2017 3:49 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – The PA Builders Association Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is celebrating Professional Women in Building Week, Sept. 18 - 22. PWB Week aims to drive awareness of the vast contributions women have made and continue to make every day in the residential construction industry.

     “Women are a vital component of the home building industry. PWB Week provides a platform to collectively demonstrate the important roles women play,” said Maria Coutts, Chair, PBA Professional Women in Building Council. “Women have long been in this field, but now we want to shine a spotlight on them to highlight their great work,” she added.

    “PWB is seeing an organic evolution of women at the grassroots level making the necessary strides to fuel the next generation of female building professionals through industry support, professional development, and leadership training opportunities,” says Cathy Sloan, PBA Professional Women in Building Council member. “Our members are not just the builder’s wives anymore, but accredited, licensed and certified professionals representing all facets of the residential construction industry.”

    PWB has become NAHB’s fastest growing council, experiencing a 40% growth in membership over the last decade, and counts 55 Pennsylvania members of its 1531 total membership.

    For more information, visit www.nahb.org/pwbweek

  • 30 Aug 2017 10:11 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    SMALL BUSINESS ADVANTAGE GRANT

    The Small Business Advantage Grant provides 50% matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500 ($7,000 for lighting-only upgrades), to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment or adopt waste reduction processes. The program is open July 25, 2017 through June 30, 2018, or until funds are exhausted.

     
    Pennsylvania-based businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Eligible applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and must save the small business a minimum of $500 and at least 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution prevention related expenses.

    An overview of the program, eligibility requirements and application instructions are included in the Small Business Advantage Grant Package (see links below). Beginning in 2017, all applications must be submitted on-line. Sample hardcopies of the Grant Package may be obtained by calling DEP's Small Business Ombudsman Office at 717-772-5160.

    Small Business Advantage Grant Documents

    Below is a list of the documents you will need when applying for the Small Business Advantage Grant:

    For technical questions regarding the grant, please e-mail program staff at epadvantagegrant@pa.gov for assistance, or call the Small Business Ombudsman Office at 717-772-5160.

  • 29 Aug 2017 3:41 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Mark McNaughton, chair, PBA Government Affairs Committee and president, McNaughton Homes, was a featured guest on WITF’s Smart Talk program on Monday, Aug. 28. The hour-long daily, live, interactive program focused on the Central Pennsylvania residential real estate market. Mark was joined by Smart Talk host Scott Lamar; Bob Fox, the incoming vice president of the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors; Jennifer King, president of the Lancaster County Association of Realtors; and Cheryl Young, a senior economist with the real estate website Trulia.com.

    WITF-FM is headquartered in Harrisburg and broadcasts NPR talk and news programming across a 17-county region. An archived podcast of the show is available. Many thanks to Mark for representing PBA.

  • 25 Aug 2017 10:36 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    The home of Steve and Jen Black in Elizabethtown, PA hosted a cocktail reception of the members and invited guests of the Pennsylvania BUILD-PAC Trustees on Wednesday, August 23.

    Guests included Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA 7), Rep. Charlie Dent (PA 15), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA 16), and Rep. Scott Perry (PA 4).

    BUILD-PAC, or Builders United in Legislative Decisions Political Action Committee, is the political arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). It helps elect pro-housing, pro-business candidates to federal office.





  • 11 Aug 2017 11:29 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Friday, August 11 is 8/11 and the celebration of National 811 Day. It's a reminder that you "know what's below" and call before you dig. PBA members their first $125 covered by us.

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