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News and Updates

  • 17 May 2017 9:15 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    May is National Remodeling Month 

    Hire a Pro, Not a Con 

    As sure as spring is the season when many homeowners are inspired to make improvements to their home, this spring there will also be reports of rogue contractors conning Pennsylvania homeowners. Consumers who are planning home improvement projects should consider some important advice before hiring a contractor. 

    Below is a list of warning signs that should indicate a contractor is not on the level:  A contractor approaches you about damage to your property. 

    • You’re told you’ve been chosen as a demonstration project at a special price.  You’re told a contract “won’t be necessary.” 
    • You’re asked to pay for the entire job upfront. 
    • You’re told the price is only good for today. 
    • The contractor can’t provide references. 
    • You can’t verify a business address. 
    • You can’t find the contractor in the Home Improvement Contractor list through the Attorney General’s office. (Although registration is no indication of the quality of work provided, it is the law in PA.) 
    • High-pressure sales tactics 
    • Free inspection – “Pay only if I find something.” 

    The Pennsylvania Builders Association – along with your local home builders association can help you find and hire a reputable contractor in PA. Click here for more info

    To report a fraudulent contractor, contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection at 800.441.2555 or visit the PA Attorney General’s website

  • 11 Apr 2017 9:52 AM | Doug Vu (Administrator)

    It’s that time of year: Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. will once again be holding our annual Safety Day, CLICK HERE for a list of Dates and Locations. This free conference provides a forum for Pennsylvania stakeholders to learn about safe digging. The conference begins at 7:00 am and ends around 2:00 pm with a keynote presentation before lunch. There are numerous educational sessions throughout the day promoting safety and the protection of critical underground infrastructures. Presentations and demonstrations on safe digging procedures will be offered concurrent to the sessions. There will also be numerous Exhibitors with the latest in safety, equipment and technology. Water and Wastewater operators in their three year license cycle can earn up to two (2) DEP credits. Pennsylvania811 and its sponsors will provide a complimentary lunch to attendees.

    There will also be a special session of our Excavator Program at the event. The program starts promptly at 8:00 AM and continues until 9:30 AM. Learn the “Five Steps to Safe Digging” and your responsibilities under PA Act 287 as amended. If you were unable to attend one of our programs in the area or if you just need a refresher, this is a golden opportunity to take advantage of this valuable training while attending Safety Day. You can register for this program at the same time you register for Safety Day. All of the training and admission is free, but pre-registration is required.

    If you’ve already registered, great! We’ll see you there. If not, you can register at  Central Safety Day and log in using your User ID and password and complete the form. It’s that simple. Or if you prefer, or have multiple associates to register, feel free to email me at . Be sure to provide your DEP Client ID number (if applicable) and let us know if you’ll be attending the Excavator Program or staying for lunch. Invite your co-workers, associates, sub-contractors, COC’s or anyone you know who could benefit from this event.

    Don’t delay! Register now! Should you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 717.487.0797.  I look forward to seeing you at Safety Day


  • 30 Mar 2017 9:59 AM | Doug Vu (Administrator)

    The PBA Associates Council is proud to partner with Manna on Main Street as part of the council's ongoing effort to improve the condition of Pennsylvania's less fortunate citizens. The Associates Council is continuing the effort to collect food donations and monetary contributions that started earlier this year. Manna on Main Street is part of the Building Support Community Service Project. Manna on Main Street is committed  to ending hunger in the North Penn region of Montgomery County and the larger community by providing food, fulfilling social service and education needs, and conducting community outreach. Through a food pantry and opportunities, Manna services those in need with the hope "that everyone might be fed." the goal is simple; to provide a needed service to the vulnerable in our community.

    Click here for a list of items needed or here to donate online. If you have questions about how to donate materials contact Douglas Vu at 717-730-4380 or by email at Any contributions is greatly appreciated.

  • 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 and



  • 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.

  • 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

    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!


    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.


    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 no later than February 17th.

    Click here to download event flyer and view meal choices.


    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.  


    Questions about this story? Contact Daniel Durden at or Sarah Miller at

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