Creating Strength in Numbers
2012 BIAW Top Spike Beth Madden
BIAW is the second largest state association affiliated with the National Association
of Home Builders (NAHB) in the country with over 8,500 member companies employing
approximately 265,000 people.
The BIAW Membership Committee, BIAW staff and volunteers strive
to develop short and long range plans for the continued growth and strength of the
Building Industry Association of Washington; provide guidance to its 15 local associations
in planning for membership growth; and act as liaison to NAHB in obtaining new
membership tools and ideas.
In addition, BIAW Spikes work to
recruit new members, get members involved, and retain BIAW members. Spikes build
BIAW's essential membership base and strengthen BIAW's ability to influence.
Benefits of Membership
The advantages of membership don't end with BIAW's dedication to protecting your
livelihood from unnecessary government taxes and regulations. Besides battling big
government, BIAW offers a variety of programs and services that can help you to
make your business successful.
Return on Industrial Insurance (R.O.I.I.®) Select Program
The BIAW R.O.I.I.® Select Program, the largest retrospective ratings program
in the state, provides companies with several important advantages: A refund to member companies
if the group's premiums exceed their losses; expert, in-house claims staff who act as your advocates; BIAW's
professional claim representatives serve as watchdogs on each injury claim, working to close claims
quickly and efficently; and, BIAW's strict enrollment criteria ensures maximum group performance.
- In 29 years of existence, no R.O.I.I.® member has ever paid a penny of additional premium
(penalty) because of participation in R.O.I.I.®, a claim many Retro programs cannot make.
- Professional claims management assistance from BIAW's in-house claims staff provided
free of charge.
- Award-winning safety consultation/accident prevention services provided free of
- Loss control consultation services provided free of charge.
- L&I premium audit assistance provided free of charge.
- L&I risk classification and rate assistance provided free of charge.
- Hiring procedure evaluation provided free of charge.
- R.O.I.I.® Select generated revenue supports BIAW's efforts in support of affordable housing
and a pro-business regulatory climate in Washington.
BIAW's award-winning Education Program assists local associations in planning educational programs
to meet member needs and organizes regional conferences on issues related to the construction industry.
Class offering include: Practical workshops designed to raise the level of buiness performance; Courses providing
information on the latest trends and technology in home building; and, Instruction by the industry's
leading experts on regulatory changes and compliance. Cerfication/Continuing Education classes include
Washington State real estate and appraiser continuing education clock hour credits.
Health Insurance Program
Purchasing power, excellent benefits and rate stability are the cornerstones of the success of the BIAW Health Insurance Program. BIAW provides member companies with high quality health insurance at lower than market rates. Since 2001, health insurance premiums have doubled for an average family of four due to increasing costs of medical care while the BIAW’s rates have increased at a much slower pace. By leveraging the purchasing power of the association, BIAW’s Health Insurance Program is able to offer rates much lower than similar plans in the open market.
Building Industry Insurance Program
The Building Industry Insurance Program (BiiP),is an exclusive member benefit which allows
members the opportunity to purchase insurance products through BIAW member insurance agents
at competitive prices.
BIAW's Legislative Program exists to defend affordable housing for the citizens of Washington state.
BIAW's team of lobbyists work on members' behalf to pass pro-housing legislation and defeat bills
harmful to the housing industry. BIAW's experienced legislative team works to protect your livelihood and
the dream of homeownership for Washington state families.
Safety & Loss Control Assistance Program
The BIAW Safety and Loss Control Assistance Program offers members valuable
tools to deal with safety and health regulations and onsite loss control prevention.
The program, free of charge to all BIAW members, includes onsite safety consultations;
written sample safety program; onsite loss control consultations including the reveiw
of hiring practices and effective pre-employment medical screen tools; analyzing of workers'
claim information to identify injury trends; and, confirm employee and business classifications
are correctly assigned to insure workers' comp premiums reflect the hazard insured.
An aggressive approach to educating members, homebuyers, elected officials and the
general public on the real obstacles in providing affordable housing in Washington
Your Membership provides you:
- Marketing opportunities
- Networking opportunities
- Publication advertising
- Monthly Building Insight Magazine
- Industry-specific continuing education and professional growth courses
If you would like more information, on how to join
the Building Industry Association of Washington, please contact BIAW at 1-800-228-4229.