Commonwealth Rules Against PBA

Contact: Laura Pyne

August 26, 2010
717-730-4380, ext. 3011 (office)
717-712-3984 (cell)


LEMOYNE, Pa. – On August 25, 2010 Commonwealth Court ruled unanimously
against new homebuyers through their chief advocate the Pennsylvania
Builders Association in the case to roll back the 2009 Uniform
Construction Code to the 2006 Code on constitutional grounds.

“We are obviously disappointed in this ruling,” said PBA
Executive Vice President Louis J. Biacchi. “It is now necessary for the
legislature to take action,” he continued.

PBA has 30 days to appeal the decision to the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court, but the judicial process leading to a reversal could take
all of 2011.

“This highlights the need for legislative action as the
statewide sprinkler mandate takes effect January 1, 2011 for
single-family homes. In fact, not pushing this issue to a vote in the
Senate and House of Representatives is the same as voting against new
homebuyers across the state by forcing this expensive sprinkler mandate
on them,” Biacchi explained.

The estimated added cost of the 2009 Code changes to a new home
in Pennsylvania is $13,000 between mandatory sprinklers and other
requirements. This is not acceptable, particularly during a time when
housing starts have dropped to their lowest level since World War II and
our country is in danger of slipping into a deeper recession.