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  • 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.

  • 09 Aug 2017 8:30 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    DiPasquale Named as PBA’s Director of Endorsed Trade Programs


    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) and the Pennsylvania Foundation for Housing (PFH) recently contracted with David DiPasquale of Bedford, PA to serve as Director of Endorsed Trade Programs. DiPasquale replaces Tom Turnbaugh who retired after seven years in that capacity. Mr. DiPasquale was the Administrative Director of the Bedford County Technical Center through June 2017. Previously he had been Supervisor of Career and Technical Education at Monroe Career and Technical Institute in Bartonsville, PA. He also taught Electrical Occupations at Columbia Montour AVTS in Bloomsburg, PA for twenty-two years.


    DiPasquale will be responsible for management of PBA’s endorsement operations throughout the state. The Director is responsible for connecting local builders to career and technical centers in Pennsylvania - helping to build partnerships that will aid in creating the next generation of skilled home builders.


    “My goal in this exciting new role is to become an asset to schools and local builders, helping to foster strong and lasting partnerships in the home building trades,” DiPasquale said. “There’s a shortage of skilled workers in the home building industry in Pennsylvania, and PBA’s Endorsed Trade Program helps fill the gaps in cultivating skilled workers. We offer technical center and college student’s industry-recognized certifications from the PBA and access to grants and scholarships to finish their education. Our students can also participate in their local builders’ associations,” he added.
  • 01 Aug 2017 8:48 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    At PBA’s 2017 Summer Board Meeting 2017 President Andrew Kaye issued a challenge to all PBA members. “Despite the best efforts of our local builder associations, the membership numbers across the state have been declining steadily for many months,” said Andrew. “We have strength in numbers. The health, vitality, and influence of PBA are dependent upon maintaining a vibrant and active membership base.”


    If we can bring PBA’s membership back up to 4,850 builder and associate members, Andrew pledged to give away a cash prize. The prize will go to an individual who successfully recruits a new member between August 1 and the end of 2017. PBA matched Andrew’s $1,000 pledge and other board members* subsequently added to the prize money. The grand prize is up to $2,400.00 and we’re still accepting additions to the prize pool. (Any additional donations will be added to the final prize amount.)


    We want to reward those who are doing their utmost to increase PBA’s membership. Bring in one new member and you are entered in the drawing. Bring in two new members and you have two chances to win. Remember that it’s winner take all – one grand prize to one winner if PBA has 4,850 members at year end. We recognize that’s an aggressive goal. Nonetheless, even if PBA only gets to a level of 4,760 builders and associate members, we will give away fifty percent of the prize money to a qualified entrant.


    For each new member recruited during the Challenge period, the recruiting member or EO will receive one entry for the prize drawing. President Andrew Kaye will draw one winner from all eligible entries at PBA’s 2018 Winter Board Meeting. The winner will be presented with a check at the meeting.

    The PBA Membership Challenge begins August 1, 2017, and ends on December 31, 2017. NAHB’s membership statistics as derived from the NAHB WMS will be used for ascertaining membership goals reached, spike credits awarded, new members secured and any and all other measures necessary to determine eligibility. Data as of December 31, 2017, and produced by NAHB in mid-January 2018 shall constitute the final figures applicable to the PBA Membership Challenge. We are sorry, but no local association or self-reported statistics will be accepted.  PBA leadership, in its sole discretion, will decide any questions regarding eligibility.

    There is no time to waste. Start recruiting new members now. Not only do you get a chance to win more than two thousand dollars without buying a raffle ticket; you make PBA and your local association stronger. Let’s get to 4,850!

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