BIA Wins Prestigious National Government Affairs Award

LOUISVILLE, KY, MAY 24, 2017 – The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) has won a distinguished award for leading the best regional government affairs effort from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

NAHB has recognized the BIA’s statewide grassroots advocacy campaign to amend the Kentucky Plumbing Code as the best regional government affairs effort in the country undertaken by an association in 2016. The BIA’s year-long statewide advocacy initiative eliminated outdated regulations requiring cast iron piping to be used in building over 45 feet in height.

“As a result of our efforts to amend our state Plumbing Code, planned development projects will realize more than $10 million in savings in 2017 alone,” stated Annie Dutton, BIA Vice President of Government Affairs. “I am very proud of the strong advocacy efforts of our members to achieve this much-needed regulatory change that is already spurring economic development and job growth in Kentucky.”

In early 2016, the BIA formed a coalition of building industry leaders across the state to work with the Governor, his Administration, and elected officials throughout the year to allow PVC piping to be used in buildings regardless of height.

“It is truly an honor for the hard work and leadership of the BIA’s members and staff to be recognized by NAHB with this award,” said Pat Durham, BIA Executive Vice President. “Whether it was meeting with the Governor and his staff, travelling to Frankfort to lobby our elected officials or reaching out to key business allies across the Commonwealth, our year-long efforts were instrumental in leveling the playing field for economic development projects.”

On January 6, 2017, the regulatory change allowing the use of PVC piping officially went into effect, letting Kentucky compete for economic development opportunities with neighboring states who did not restrict the use of PVC piping in buildings of a certain height.

“This is a win for economic development in Kentucky, and Governor Bevin and his Administration deserve to be applauded for their leadership on this crucial issue for our state,” stated John Miranda of Pinnacle Properties of Louisville and BIA’s Governmental Affairs Committee Chair.

About the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville
The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) is the second largest association of its kind in the nation. The BIA represents more than 2,100 businesses comprised of Registered Builders, Registered Remodelers, Residential and Commercial Developers, industry suppliers, and home product companies. For more information, visit BIALouisville.com.

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