Biweekly e letter 1/20/2019


Biweekly e letter January 20, 2019


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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Rivers Casino Bus Trip
Join us for a Rivers Casino Bus Trip on Saturday, February 16th. Space is limited to 45 people and is on a first come first served basis. Cost is $50.00 p/p and includes: The Bus Ride; Snacks, beverages, hoagie sliders; $15.00 in slot play and one fabulous time. Hurry, the bus is filling up quickly!

We will depart at 11:00a from Hollidaysburg Plaza (next to Ollie's) and return at 8:30p. This is always a great time - so call or email the office with your reservations. Phone: 814.693.9710; email:

Slow Down to Get Around Law Now in Effect
An expansion of the state law designed to protect roadside workers is now in effect in Pennsylvania.

Act 83 of 2018 adds trash haulers to the list of vehicles, including stationary tow trucks, mail delivery vans and other vehicles involved in performing a roadside service, to those for which a driver must slow down when passing.

Drivers are required to move at least one lane away when possible or slow down and be ready to stop if they cannot.

This law is in addition to the "Steer Clear" law requiring drivers to move over when approaching an emergency response scene.

February 5th Membership Meeting
Be sure to mark your calendars for February 5, 2019 which will be our first membership meeting of the new year. We will be installing our Officers and Directors and we will be having a very informative presentation by Zach Ambrose from the Pennsylvania Energy Efficient New Homes Program.

This spring, municipalities across Pennsylvania will begin enforcement of a new energy code. All homes with contracts signed or permit applications submitted on or after October 1, 2018 are subject to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) - with some amendments.

Builders whose projects qualify for the Pennsylvania Energy Efficient New Homes Program, offered by FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utilities (Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power), are already well on their way to constructing homes that conform with the 2015 IECC requirements.

Come to the February 5th BBBA general membership meeting for a presentation on what's required by the new energy code. Learn how the Energy Efficient New Homes Program's financial incentives and technical assistance can support members building homes serviced by Penelec.

All attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a US Hotel Restaurant and Tavern gift certificate - use it to cover dinner costs for future meetings or for a great night out!

Booths Available for 2019 Home & Garden Show
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce and the Blair Bedford Builders Association are accepting vendor booth reservations for the 49th annual Blair County Home & Garden Show to be held March 1, 2 & 3, 2019 at the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona. Exhibitor booth space is now open for home and garden-related businesses interested in showcasing their products or services. The show is also accepting vendor applications for the Home Treasures room. Home Treasures offers a boutique-style setting that features home interior items, candles, spices, hand-crafted items, and much more. To reserve a booth or for more information, call Stacy Hoover at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce at 814-943-8151.

Remodeling market sending mixed signals as 2019 begins
Will 2019 be another banner year for remodeling and renovation, or will firms begin to experience a softening in demand? As the new year gets underway, the answer seems to be that it depends on which part of the market you are looking at. Early indicators point to ongoing demand but a decrease in the size and value of projects. Results from the just-released Q1 2019 Houzz Renovation Barometer show "a mixed degree of caution about market conditions among contractors, architects and designers," states Houzz principal economist Nino Sitchinava. READ MORE

News from Around the Nation:

Government shutdown derails real estate deals in rural communities
In small towns and rural communities where more borrowers are relying on mortgages backed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal government shutdown has put the brakes on deals that might otherwise be headed for closing. Lindy Sgambati, an agent for Keller Williams in Westmoreland County, has two real estate transactions caught up in the ongoing animosity between the White House and Capitol Hill that has turned into the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. READ MORE

Member Benefits:

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.

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.

NAHB Member Advantage adds 2 new savings opportunities
Two exciting member saving discount programs have joined the NAHB Member Advantage lineup. An Amazon Business account gains you access to the NAHB Amazon store which offers recommended products and unlocks additional business savings. The new Capital One Spark Business Card -With the Spark® Cash credit card earns members unlimited 2 percent cash back on every purchase. In addition, there's no annual fee to use your card. Click here.


Thanks to the following Companies who have renewed their membership in the BBBA:
Barton's Plumbing & Heating, Inc.; Fine Line Cabinets, Inc.

We have received a membership application from Snare & Associates Mortgage Services, LLC. The Board of Directors will review this application at our January 29th meeting.



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.)

~~~ January - February - March Calendar of Events~~~

January 29th: Board Meeting; 5:30p Marzoni's
February 5th: General Membership Meeting; 6:00p Registration; U S Hotel; Installation of New Officers
Also, a presentation by Ben Block from the PA Energy Efficient New Homes Program.
February 26th: Board Meeting; 5:30p; Marzoni's
March 1, 2, 3: Home Show: Jaffa Shrine
March 5th: General Membership Meeting; 6:00p Registration; U S Hotel
March 26th: Board Meeting; 5:30p; Marzoni's

**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: "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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