Premium Contributing Associate Member Benefits

Any business entity engaged in the furtherance of the clay brick industry but not as a distributor or manufacturer is eligible to become a Premium Contributing Associate (PCA) Member of BIA and enjoy the following member benefits:

Expert Technical Staff Support

PCA member companies enjoy unlimited support of BIA’s expert technical staff at no additional cost.  BIA staff are available to provide guidance on any clay brick technical or construction related problem or question regarding brick construction and answer regulatory compliance, building code and health and safety questions.  For example, as a PCA member, having an expert available at no additional cost to answer compliance questions related to OSHA’s silica rule is an extremely valuable member benefit. BIA staff can also assist in arranging meetings on Capitol Hill with your elected Senators and Congressmen/women on any industry or company specific issue or legislative matter.  

BIA staff support is an important benefit to all members but even more so for smaller companies that many times cannot afford to have engineers, architects, lobbyists and other specialists on their payroll.  

Unlimited Online Training

Another benefit of National Sector PCA membership is the unlimited access of BIA’s highly regarded online education classes.  PCA member companies can train all their employees on essential aspects of the clay brick industry from manufacturing to dealing with job site problems to comparing brick with other competing wall cladding materials.  In addition, member employees can participate in quarterly live webinars about important topics related to the clay brick industry. All these valuable training materials are included with BIA’s PCA membership at no additional cost.  

Networking Means Sales Opportunities

 PCA members are welcome and encouraged to attend BIA’s spring and fall meetings.  PCAs will learn about the important work BIA is doing by attending these meetings and can also network with other BIA members including the CEOs of our distributor and manufacturer member companies at these meetings.  This level of access to the leaders in the industry is only available to BIA members.

Program Committees

BIA values and actively solicits member involvement and participation in determining the focus and direction of the programs and services it provides.  One of the best ways for BIA staff to get this direction and feedback is for a PCA member employee to be a voting member of one of BIA’s six program committees.  Click Here for more information on BIA’s Program Committees (this link will go to a page that lists each program committee, with a sentence or two about what the committee does and a link to the committee’s roster)

Recognition in the Brick in Architecture Awards Competition

BIA produces an annual multipage color insert in Architect Magazine of all Brick in Architecture Award winners.  The insert in Architect Magazine will be seen by over 78,000 architects in print and another 29,000 architects digitally.  As a BIA PCA member, if your company is associated with a winning project, the project and your company will get valuable exposure to more than 107,000 architects across the United States.  BIA does not promote the names of non-member companies associated with award winning projects.

Member Company Listing on BIA’s Website  

All National Sector PCA member companies are included on the membership list on this website so that users of the site looking to purchase brick will only be directed to member companies.  Please Click Here for a list of AM member companies.

Industry Specific Production, Shipments & Other Data & Statistics

National Sector PCA members have full, unlimited access to restricted data and reports that BIA provides to only to members.  This information is not sold or released to non-members. The only way to get this valuable information is to join BIA as a distributor, manufacturer or premium contributing associate member of the National Sector.  Click Here for more on this restricted information.

Brick News Online

All BIA National Sector PCA member employees receive our monthly electronic membership newsletter of industry news, statistics, upcoming meetings, issues important to the industry and work BIA is doing to promote and safeguard the industry as well as activities of other members.  Only member company employees are eligible to receive the monthly newsletter. Click here for more info

Member of BIA Logos  

BIA National Sector members can proudly display BIA Member Logos their website and on any informational or promotional materials to demonstrate their commitment to help BIA to promote and safeguard the clay brick industry.  

Premium Contributing Associate Member Dues

PCA members pay $2,500 annually for BIA National Sector dues either as a lump sum payment or a combination of a Contributing Associate membership ($1,000 annually) plus a meeting sponsorship of $1,500 or more.