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Blair/Bedford Builders Association

Biweekly e letter November 5, 2017


Here's the biweekly report of local, state and national items of interest that affect your business, the building industry and our association.

Dave DeBiase
Executive Officer
Blair/ Bedford Builders Association

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Other websites to visit that contain valuable information as well as discounts and rebate programs with various vendors & suppliers:

Pennsylvania Builders Association:

National Association of Home Builders:

Headlines & Announcements:

Governor Signs PA Builder Legislation to Fix Building Code Adoption Process:
Governor Wolf signed House Bill 409 which is PBA's long-awaited reforms and updates to the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (PA UCC). Now known as Act 36 of 2017, this act revises the code review process for updating the UCC. Prior to this signing, the review process automatically took place to update the codes every 3-years.

Act 36 immediately halts the current review of the 2018 proposed code updates. It also requires the review of the 2012 and 2015 codes. This will allow a "catch-up" process on six years of codes that have not been adopted in Pennsylvania. (Keep in mind that we are currently building to the 2009 Building Codes.)

Habitat for Humanity Update:
The project is located at: 1814 - 1820 3rd Avenue, Altoona. Allen McManus of YBC is the overall project manager. Allen can be reached at: 814.329.1619. As always, Allen is looking for volunteers. You can volunteer as an individual or as a company for any time that you can donate. Please contact him if you can help. No need to be a skilled crafts-person - we always need cleanup work, insulators, painters, general laborers and other types of work.

Project Status: Interior mechanicals are completed and inspected; insulation and drywall work has begun.
The outside has been graded and gravel rear driveway installed.

Fax your PA ONE CALL Invoices to the BBBA office at: 814.693.9712 for payment. DO NOT pay direct. We will verify your membership status and forward to the PBA Office for payment. If you pay your invoice direct to the PA ONE CALL address - we will not be able to get reimbursement for you.

Legislation, Codes and Regulations:

Silica Rule Now Being Enforced
OSHA issues interim guidance for inspectors.

Member Benefits:

~~~New information and websites for the different rebate programs available to builder members~~~


1) National Purchasing Partners (NPP) Program - Look what's been added - Read the List Below
The NPP serves over 130,000 member organizations and is one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the nation. Receive discounts from: Verizon wireless, Fastenal; Staples; Office Depot; YRC Freight; Best Buy; Sherwin-Williams; Airgas; Impac; Expedia; Legal Zoom; 1-800-flowers; LifeLock
Registration is free and easy, simply visit: and navigate their website to see what the program is all about.

2) You can also participate in another rebate program when you make purchases through companies such as: ThermaTru Doors, ClosetMaid, Fypon, Jacuzzi, Heatilator, TimberTech, Honeywell, Velux, Bilco, Clopay and many other manufacturers. This is a member benefit that doesn't get much easier. To learn more about the program, visit the website: (Please note this is a new website, much easier to navigate and more information.)

3) A large part of your membership is the vast amount of benefits and discounts available at each level within the federation. Be sure to take a look at all of the different opportunities offered through the NAHB Member Advantage Program - you won't find deals this good anywhere else.


Thanks to the following Companies who have renewed their membership in the BBBA:
Home Depot; Dan Himes Construction, LLC; 84 Lumber; S. J. McCloskey Builders, Inc.; GT Building & Remodeling; R. Hazenstab Construction, Inc.; S&T Bank



For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania Builders Association has offered workers compensation insurance to its
members through a competitive group program.
This program is underwritten by Eastern Alliance Insurance Group and offers our members the following great benefits:

* Competitive Rates
* Stable Pricing
* Superior Claims Handling
* Possible Dividends
* Parallel Pay - Pay as you go billing.
* No charge for subcontractors who carry at least $300,000 in General Liability Coverage in
For more info, please contact our Program Administrator - McConkey Insurance & Benefits - Erica Grimm at
(717) 505-3144, or look at their website at

Also, as a member of the Blair/Bedford Builders Association you have access to the Pennsylvania Builders Association Health Care Insurance Program

For more information on the Health Care Program visit:


EVENTS & DATES: (Reservations are required for all events.)

November - December Events:

November 7th: General Membership Meeting; US Hotel; Registration at 6:00p; featured speaker will be
from Andersen Windows & Doors. At this meeting will be voting for the Officers & Directors for
November 28th: Board Meeting; Marzoni's Patchway Road; 5:30p
December 8th: Christmas Party at the US Hotel. Details to follow via separate email blast.

**Reservations are a must - four convenient ways to register:
1. Phone (814) 693-9710
2. Fax (814) 693-9712
3. Email:
4. Online at

Remember, if you make a reservation for an event and do not cancel it 48-hours prior to the event, you will be billed.

Famous Quotes: "A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."
Harry S. Truman

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