BIAW's 2014 General Voter's Guide Now Available

Make your vote useful—vote for pro-housing candidates. BIAW’s Political Action Committee, the Washington Affordable Housing Council (WAHC), has released its endorsements in the BIAW 2014 General Election Voter's Guide. WAHC focuses endorsements on candidates who have demonstrated an understanding of the needs of Washington’s small businesses and homebuilders. Make sure your ballot is postmarked by Tuesday, November 5.

BIAW Fall Board Meeting and Schedule

Make plans to attend the BIAW Fall Board meeting, scheduled for November 5-7 at the Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum. Check out the meeting agenda to plan your schedule.

The highlight of the meeting is the Installation and Awards Banquet, Thursday evening, November 6. The 2015 Senior Officers and President will be installed and the Builder, Associate and Remodeler of the Years revealed. Reservations required. Contact Amanda Fields at BIAW at 360-352-7800, ext. 114.

For room reservations, contact Suncadia Resort directly.

Enhancing Green Living Seminar


BIAW has secured class instructor Robert Suryan of Fusion 9 Design to host "Enhancing Green Living Through Electronic Control Systems" on Thursday, November 7, 9-10:30 am, in conjunction with the BIAW Fall Board meeting at Suncadia Resort.

The class is FREE to all BIAW members and attendees can earn Continuing Education credits from NAHB, NARI, AIA, AIBD, and IDCEC. Contact Brenda Kwieciak at BIAW at 360-352-7800, ext. 113 to reserve your spot, or for more information.

BIAW Produces Social Media How To Videos

What is social media and how can it help your business? If you're in the dark about the subject, you'll be glad to know BIAW has produced a series of beginner How To videos with a focus on social media and how to incorporate it in your marketing efforts.

These 1-3 minute videos are posted on YouTube and will cover the basics from creating a Facebook page to posting comments and images. BIAW will continue to produce and post additional videos -- so check back often.

Local Association and Member Referral Map

BIAW is proud to announce a new interactive map linking users with BIAW members and their local homebuilders association. The BIAW Technology Taskforce authorized the update during the Summer board meeting and it is now complete.

Users can click on a county using the interactive map which will link them to the corresponding local homebuilders association's Membership Directory. At that point a search can be initiated to find members by service/product, type of company, etc.

This addition to the BIAW website will make it easy for consumers to search for member companies and members to connect with other members.

BIAW Local Association and Member Referral Map

Washington State Energy Code Available Online

The 2012 Washington State Energy Code is now available for download via the State Building Code Council website. PDF versions include the WAC 51-11c (Commercial), WAC 51-11R (Residential), and Appendix Chapters.

The BIAW has scheduled 2012 IRC/Energy Code Update Classes throughout the state for BIAW members and non-members which highlight significant changes to the codes.

For more information or questions, contact Jan Rohila at 800-228-4229, ext. 101.

The Economic Impact of New Home Construction in Washington State

Recent research and data from BIAW, NAHB and the US Census Bureau provide an irrefutable case for the benefits of home building. New home construction is a leading revenue and job generator in the state of Washington and, if encouraged, could lead the state's economic recovery.

Economist Dr. Elliott Eisenberg shows us how and why in this entertaining, interesting video highlighting the economic impact of new home construction in Washington.

New Home Construction State's Third Largest Employer

The National Association of Home Builder's Housing Policy Department research estimates the first-year impact of 13,825 new single-family homes built in Washington State is nearly $3.1 billion in state and local revenues, $729 million in state and local taxes and 41,000 jobs.

For the full press release Click here

Just how much do State employees make?

Find out with this user-friendly database or the OFM database showing gross pay for workers at state of Washington agencies, colleges and universities.