Consumer Information

The Building Industry Association is...

Consumers 1st Choice in Stark County!

Why do Business with a BIA Member?

The BIA's goal is to be recognized as a leading advocate in the improvement of the quality of life in our community.

The Building Industry Association of Stark & East Central Ohio has established several prerequisites for builder membership in order to attract and retain the highest-quality home builders.  These include:

  • Any person, firm, or corporation seeking builder membership
    must have been active in the construction of new homes or apartments,
    schools, commercial, industrial, or other structures normally related to and
    appurtenant to a community for a period of at least one (1) year prior to
    becoming a member.
  • All builder members shall subscribe to the Code of Ethics of the Association.
  • All builders seeking membership shall provide letters of reference from two (2) customers and two (2) subcontractors or suppliers in which the builder has conducted business with in the past twelve months.
  • All members shall meet with the approval of the Membership Committee and the Board of Trustees.

The BIA of Stark & East Central Ohio also offers Associate Memberships to professions that provide supplies or services to builder members.  Associate members cover all aspects of the housing industry, from digging the hole all the way through final decorations, including many professional services along the way.

Associate members are required to obtain sponsorship by a current member in good standing with the BIA, and must be approved by the Membership Committee and the Board of Trustees.  In choosing to do business with an associate member, you gain the experience of contractors and suppliers who are working with the best home builders in the county



Consumer Directory

Everything you need to know about buying, financing, building, maintaining or remodeling your home is right here. This section guides you through every stage of home ownership and helps you understand more about home building and the environmental and community growth issues facing our neighborhoods. Whether you’re a current or prospective home owner, teacher, student or just an interested consumer — there’s something here for everyone.

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Building Your Home 
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Building a Custom Home 
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Building Systems 
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Financing Your Home  
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Floor Plans 
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For the Classroom 
Educational resources to help teachers, students, and children learn about home building, environmental issues, and careers in home building.
Home Maintenance 
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Preserving Our Environment 
See how home builders are taking the lead on smart growth and green building issues vital to your community.

Remodeling Your Home 
Home Improvement 101: how to select the right remodeler, living with your project, and more.

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Local High School & College Programs for Students interested in Residential Construction

R.G. Drage Career Center - Building Construction Technology

Project ReBuild Community High School

Stark State College

The Ohio State University - Agricultural Technical Institute - Construction Management