Senate Passes BIAW's Fix Hirst Bill

Senate Bill 5239 passed by a 28-21 vote on Tuesday, February 28, which is a first step in an effort to put in place a legislative fix to the Washington State Supreme Court's ruling known as the Hirst decision. The Senate bill is now on its way to the House for consideration. BIAW's advocacy team, members and staff urged senators to pass this bill as a legislative fix to the devasting decision.

"Very few can build because of this ruling. The impacts are already being felt," said BIAW President Ted Clifton. "Without a fix, I expect it will create more economic hardship for small business builders and families that own land and want to build their dream homes."

Learn more about the Hirst ruling and its impacts across the state at Fix Hirst!

BIAW Members Descend on Capitol

BIAW members staged a demonstration on the steps of the Temple of Justice in their continued effort to push for a fix to the Hirst court ruling that virtually eliminated water access to build new homes in rural communities and halted the construction of nearly all basic housing in those areas.

The Hirst decision is causing harm to small business, builders, families and rural towns and counties," said BIAW President Ted Clifton. "Without water, there are no homes that can be built in these areas. This isn't the direction Washington state should take to promote affordable housing and economic prosperity for all its residents."

Read the full press release and how BIAW is taking steps to FixHirst!

Find out how Fix Hirst! offers flexible solutions to fix the impacts the decision has on rural communities, builders, and families across the state.

BIAW To Host Leadership Conference

BIAW, in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders, will host the AREA 15 Leadership Conference. The two-day conference will offer training for local home builders associations' leadership and will cover a variety of topics and issues that impact local HBA leadership, staff, membership recruiting and retaining efforts.

All NAHB-affiliated state and local association staff and members are invited to attend.

To register for the event, download the leadership conference registration form.
An online registration form will be available soon.

For more information or if you have questions regarding the leadership conference, please contact BIAW staff members Brenda Kwieciak or Karen Hall at (360) 352-7800.

2017-18 R.O.I.I.® Select Enrollment is Open!

The R.O.I.I.® Select team is excited to kickoff enrollment for the 2017-2018 plan year!

To find out if you qualify for R.O.I.I.® Select, download the 2017-18 application form.

For more information contact R.O.I.I.® Select Enrollment Coordinator Jessica Bass at (360) 352-7800 ext 132, or

BIAW Now Accepting Education Program Scholarship Applications

BIAW is pleased to announce its 2017 Education Program Scholarship application is now available. In addition to funding for students pursuing a degree in home building industry-related fields, new this year is $10,000 for scholarships designated for technical/vocational and trade students. A fillable 2017 Scholarship Application is available for your convenience.

The deadline to submit a scholarship application to BIAW is May 5, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Education Program Director Amanda Fields at 360-352-7800, ext.114.

BIAW Teams Up With CTE for Showcase of Skills

BIAW, in its commitment to promote workforce development opportunities for the next generation, has teamed up with the Career and Technical Education's (CTE) Showcase of Skills event. Billed as a way to hightlight career opportunities in the trades and technical skills arena, the one-day competition will help students hone their building skills while building 25 shelters that will be donated to local communities around the state to help address the growing issue of homelessness.

Read more about the showcase of skills and how you can help.

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Court's Decision Severely Curtails Exempt Wells

The recent Washington State Supreme Court decision in Hirst v. W. Washington Growth Management Hearings Board is a major blow to residential development that will take a monumental push from the Legislature to repair.

"The Court's decision is a disaster for a host of property owners, many of whom have been saving for years to be able to build a modest home away from the traffic and stress of the city," said BIAW President Dave Main.

Read more about the Hirst decision and what you can do to help.

BIAW President Dave Main's Op-Ed Published in The Olympian

The Court's recent Hirst decision on water availability places this issue at the top of BIAW's priority list for this year's legislative session. Read the republished op-ed, High Court's Ruling Harms Rural Construction in the January 2017 issue of Building Insight and how the ruling impacts the building industry and housing across the state.

Let BIAW know how your county is responding to the Hirst decision. Contact Jan Himebaugh or Adam Frank with your comments.

New Code Changes Now in Effect

The State Building Code Council has adopted the 2015 editions of the IBC, IRC, IFC and UPC with state amendments and the 2015 Washington State Energy Code. The 2015 codes went into effect July 1, 2016.

View a more detailed review of the code update changes here.

If you have questions regarding the new code changes, contact BIAW Codes and Regulations Manager Al Audette at 360-352-7800, ext. 105.

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

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

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