History

Founded in Covington, Kentucky, in 1955, by 16 residential contractors, the HBA of Northern Kentucky has grown to become the Nation's 18th largest chapter of the National Association of Home Builders. The Organization's jurisdiction covers 12 counties including Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Mason, Pendleton and Owen, with a combined company membership of over 1,250, representing approximately 10,000 persons employed in the construction industry. The trade organization changed its name to the Building Industry Association of Norhtern Kentucky in 2017 in an effort to better align its name with its growing and diverse membership.

The organization offers specialty membership affiliations through the Land Development Council, Associates Committee, Sales & Marketing Council, Commercial Council and the Political Housing Club. Over 400 members participate annually on these councils and the organization's numerous committees and task forces. To register for any BIA council, click here, or for the Political Housing Club click here

BIA shows including the Home & Remodeling Showcase, Cavalcade of Homes, HomeFEST, Parade of Homes, CiTiFEST and Tour of Remodeled Homes, provide opportunities for Association members to showcase products and services to consumers throughout the region. BuildEx is an online member subscription service operated by the HBA which tracks construction permit activity for residential, commercial and remodeling projects throughout the region. The service may be accessed off of the HBA website

The Builders Care Assistance Fund of Northern Kentucky, a charitable philanthropic arm of the BIA, was established in 2002 and provides programs for minority trades training, community beautification and emergency housing assistance. The Fund has received grants from the US Dept. of Labor, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the National Housing Trust and private contributors. In 2006, proceeds from the Fund were used to construct the BIA Memorial Gardens at Devou Park Overlook in Covington. Additionally, the Fund has provided training and scholarships for both Latinos and African Americans interested in construction-related careers. For more information pertaining to the Care Assistance Fund, visit http://www.hbacare.org/.

The BIA established the Registered Builder/Remodeler Program in 1990, which requires all of the Program's Builders, Remodelers and Developers to adhere to specific industry construction standards (Performance Standards); provide a minimum one-year warranty and a written contract on all work to clients; carry workers compensation and liability insurance; conciliate disputes with clients and suppliers and complete annual continuing education requirements.

The BIA headquarters was originally located at 5th & Main Streets in Covington until 1980, when a new building was constructed on Grandview Drive in Ft. Mitchell. The Organization purchased and moved to a 17,000 square foot building in Erlanger, KY, in November of 2006, known as the BIA Building Center. In addition to administrative offices, the current facility features carpentry, electricity, facilities maintainance, plumbing and HVAC trades training shops and classrooms, as well as an events center that can accommodate over 200 people.

The BIA's Enzweiler Building Institute is the Nation's oldest continually operating association trades training program in the country. The two-year carpentry program was established in 1967, followed by the 4-year electricity program in 1978, the 2-year HVAC program in 1984 and recently added a two year facilities maintainance program in 2009, followed by plumbing in 2012. The evening curriculum is taught by seasoned trades people. Over 95 percent of the program graduates are placed in construction-related careers. The BIA signed an articulation agreement in 2006 with Gateway Community College, which allows students of the post secondary Apprentice Training Program to transfer completed course hours for college credit at that institution. Additional courses have been articulated recently and further are expected to follow the same path today.  

 

 

 


 

Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky Organizational Meeting

May 15, 1955