The Pennsylvania Builders Association functions best when members volunteer and serve on our various committees. Every member is an expert in their field and can contribute mightily to our success. It is vitally important for the health of our association that everyone considers how they can pass on their knowledge and skills to the other members. For years, I would listen to those involved members and felt there was nothing I could contribute to so many experienced voices. But their strengths were not my strengths, and my experience was in other critical areas. So, I joined the committees where I could contribute knowledge and experience no one else could provide. My experience, my knowledge, my training was unique, and PBA needed that. You might not be a developer, or a builder, or supplier, but you might have different experiences that can solve problems with ease the biggest developer, or builder, or supplier can’t address. That is why PBA is now asking every member, from every region, and every age to help us by joining at least one committee that lacks your skills. The following committees can all be considered.
Thomas McCosby, 2024 PBA President-Elect
If you are interested in committee participation, please call PBA at 717.730.4380. Please be sure to read the Committee-Rules-and-Requirements.pdf .
Committees and Councils
- Bylaws – This committee considers and proposes changes to the rules our organization uses when operating.
- Membership – This committee considers ways to increase membership, inform and educate the members and connect all of the regions to our staff in Harrisburg.
- PHRC (Pennsylvania Housing Resource Center) – This committee works with and supports the work of the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center at Penn State. We are fortunate to have a educational component available to all the citizens of Pennsylvania and PBA provides significant input to PHRC’s efforts.
- Workforce Training and Education – This committee works toward educating our future builders and employees through the schools and training opportunities from PBA. We must support the future contractors, tradesmen, and employees.
- Associates Council – This council is composed of PBA members who provide supplies and services for the residential construction industry. These members are vital to PBA and represent individuals and firms involved in construction associated businesses.
- Professional Women in Building Council – This council allows women working in any construction or associated fields to share information for the benefit of PBA and our many women members.
- Hammers & Gavels Club
- Keystone Club
- Construction Liability, Risk Management – The Construction Liability and Risk Management Committee works to advance the industry’s interests related to the risks associated with the construction of new homes and remodeling. This Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending PBA positions on both legislative and regulatory initiatives dealing with builder liability. The committee reports to PBA’s Government Affairs Committee.
- Environmental Policy – The Environmental Policy Committee works to defend against the legislative and regulatory overreach of both state and local governments. The Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending PBA positions on both legislative and regulatory initiatives dealing with environmental policy. The committee reports to PBA’s Government Affairs Committee.
- Home Improvement Consumer (HIC) Reform – The HICPA Committee concentrates on suggested changes to the Home Improvement Contractor Registration Act. The committee reports to PBA’s Government Affairs Committee.
- Housing Finance Committee – The Housing Finance Committee examines a broad range of issues relating to government-sponsored and private sector single- and multifamily loan programs. The committee reports to PBA’s Government Affairs Committee.
- Municipal Abuse – The Municipal Abuse Committee works to advance the industry’s interests related to the Municipalities Planning Code and local zoning ordinances. The committee reports to PBA’s Government Affairs Committee.
- Statewide Trade Licensure – The Statewide Trade Licensure Committee is responsible for helping formulate the association’s advocacy efforts on new legislation that would require statewide licensure of trades (Plumbers, Electricians). The committee reports to PBA’s Government Affairs Committee.
- Transportation – The Transportation Committee works to advance the industry’s interests as it relates to the State Department of Transportation regulations and permitting process. This committee is also responsible for any legislation that would affect the Department of Transportation. The committee reports to the Government Affairs Committee.
- Uniform Construction Code (UCC) – The UCC Committee works to advance the industry’s interests related to all aspects of the adopted building code in Pennsylvania. This Committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending PBA positions on both legislative and regulatory initiatives dealing with proposed code changes and legislative changes to the UCC. The committee reports to PBA’s Government Affairs Committee.
- Workers Comp
More Information on Hammers & Gavels Club/Keystone Club
This vital program represents the grassroots efforts of Pennsylvania’s home building community. PBA works hard to effectively communicate our position on legislation and policy, but constituents are the keystone for many legislators. Even if you don’t have a strong relationship with your Congressman, State Senator, or Representative, this is the perfect year to develop one. With so many changes occurring, strong local relationships with elected officials help us maintain a voice for builders in Harrisburg. If you’re interested in developing a relationship with your elected officials or learning more about the many issues that PBA deals with, contact us about the Hammers & Gavels program! Contact Jill Pento.