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  • 02 Jan 2018 1:30 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    The PA Builders Association is marking the end of 2017 with an end-of-year summary of important happenings in the Pennsylvania residential housing industry and within PBA. Now we look forward to an exciting 2018!KERT SLOAN

    2018 PBA Senior Officers Elected

    The PBA Fall Board Meeting in Hershey, PA on October 28 saw the unanimous election of 2018’s slate of officers, including incoming PBA President Kert Sloan, VP Maria Coutts, Secretary Jon Sukonik, Treasurer Joe Harcum, and Associate Vice President Betsy Dupuis. PBA also welcomed its roster of newly appointed Regional VP’s and Regional Legislative Officers. Pictured: 2018 PBA President Kert Sloan.  

    Governor Signs PA Builder Legislation to Fix Building Code Adoption Process

    On October 25, 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.

    NAHB Building Systems Housing Summit

    The 2017 Building Systems Housing Summit came to the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA from October 8 – 10. Hundreds of attendees from around the country gathered to learn about emerging trends in the systems-built housing industry. The summit also allowed for guests to network with builders, manufacturers, and suppliers of log, timber frame, modular, panelized and concrete homes.

    BUILD-PAC Trustees Reception

    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.

    PBA Grassroots in Action

    On June 14, PBA members gathered at the 2017 NAHB Legislative Conference and Midyear Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, DC to discuss issues vital to the home building industry. After a morning briefing on legislative issues, dozens of our members visited Capitol Hill offices to meet with Pennsylvania representatives. In total, NAHB members conducted over 250 meetings, conveying the importance of the issues currently facing the home building industry.

    PBA Awards 772 Endorsed Trade Program Student Certificates

    PBA awarded 772 students their certification from the PBA Endorsed Trade Program for the 2016-2017 school year in June. The program currently includes 111 technical programs from 28 different trade schools throughout the Commonwealth.

  • 06 Dec 2017 1:11 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)
    PBA member Alfred Earnest "Ernie" Pellow of Franklin passed away at his home on December 1, 2017 at the age of 79. Ernie was a recipient of PBA’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014 and Builder of the Year in 1996 as the owner of A. E. Pellow Builders in Franklin, PA. He was also the Executive Officer of the Tri-County Builders Association.

    Ernie is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce Marie Pellow, of Franklin; his son, Charles E. Pellow and wife, Tracey, of Franklin; and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

    Click here for his obituary. To send cards, flowers and online condolences, friends and family are invited to visit
  • 30 Nov 2017 11:28 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    On November 7, 2017, Pennsylvania voters clicked “Yes” for the Homestead Exclusion Amendment. According to Commonwealth official election results, almost 54% percent voted for the referendum, which would allow local taxing authorities to exempt residents from paying property taxes on their homes.

    The result will have no immediate impact on taxes until the state General Assembly passes legislation allowing up to 100 percent of a home’s assessed value to be exempted from property taxes. Indeed, if the intent of the referendum is realized in Harrisburg, counties, school districts, and municipalities are then bound to replace the funds collected from property taxes with other sources of revenue. However, Pennsylvania school districts hold millions in long-term debt that would need to be paid off. In fact, of the 500 school districts in Pennsylvania, nearly 90% have enough debt that taxpayers would continue paying property taxes in the future, regardless of legislation. Is 0% property tax realistic in the future for Pennsylvanians? 

    The PA Builders Association and many other groups think so. PBA encouraged a “Yes” vote on November 7. Continued pressure on the General Assembly to find new or expanded revenue streams coupled with this referendum could lead to a major tax overhaul. As Congress works on tax reform at the federal level with proposed changes to deductions, personal exemptions, and restructuring of overall tax rates, the proposed legislation’s effects will only heighten the issue for some time to come.   

  • 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

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


    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 for assistance, or call the Small Business Ombudsman Office at 717-772-5160.

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