Top Honors Bestowed During Annual Awards Ceremony
BIAW's annual installation of officers and awards ceremony took place on November 7 at the Seattle Airport Hilton Hotel and is where three members were bestowed BIAW's highest honors for their indelible dedication and service to the homebuilding industry. BIAW President Audrey Borders was named 2013 Builder of the Year, BIAW Treasurer Monty Smith received the 2013 Remodeler of the Year award and BIAW State Director Susie Nelson was named 2013 Associate of the Year.
Hansell and Stewart Inducted into Hall of Fame
BIAW members Jeff Hansell and Rob Stewart have been inducted into the BIAW Hall of Fame. The award recognizes members who have made significant and lasting contributions to BIAW, the industry and their communities.
Governor's Veto will Slow Economic Recovery
With new housing construction starts at 1981 levels, BIAW is surprised and disappointed that Governer Jay Inslee vetoed legislation that would create jobs, improve the economy and increase local and state revenues—all critical issues he has consistently heralded as his top priories.
Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1652 proposed shifting payment of growth-related impact fees from the time a building permit is filed until the actual time of impact—when a home sale closes or certificate of occupancy is issued. Sponsored by Rep. Marko Liias (D-Mukilteo), the bill had broad bipartisan support in the Legislature—pasing with 73 votes in the House, 34 votes in the Senate and with 83 votes when the House agreed to Senate amendments.Click here to read more...Governor Veto will Slow Economic Recovery
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.