Let Your Voice Be Heard

BIAW's political action committee, the Washington Affordable Housing Council (WAHC), has endorsed 89 candidates for the November 6 general election.Cast your vote for state senators and epresentatives who support the building industry.WAHC also voted to oppose I-1631, which would create a carbon tax and drive energy costs up for home builders and their buyers. Remember to return your ballot in the post-paid envelope by Tuesday, November 6.

View the WAHC-Endorsed candidate list.

certified builder trailblazer

Jay Roberts and Tim Dickey are BIAW's newest Certified Builder tailblazers.

Newest BIAW Certified Builder Trailblazers

BIAW is proud to announce we have two new Certified Builder trailblazers added to our program. This program was created to recognize and designate achievement to those in the industry whose work experience and business practices exceed state standards.

For more information about BIAW's Certified Builder program, contact Jan Rohila at (360) 352-7800, ext. 101 or Hillary Vanatta, ext. 106.

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1/2 Off on BIAW Certified Builder Application Fee

Have you put off applying to become a BIAW Certified Builder? There has never been a better time to apply because all approved applications between now and December 31, 2018 are 50% off for BIAW members.

Take advantage of this exclusive offer, apply today>>>

AEA Award 2018

BIAW staffers proudly display the NAHB Association Excellence Award for Government Affairs. BIAW earned the award for its Fix Hirst campaign.

BIAW Receives National Award

BIAW received an Association Excellence Award from the National Association of Home Builders for the Best Regional Government Affairs Effort, the Fix Hirst campaign, during NAHB's annual Association Management Conference in Long Beach, Calif. on August 13.

The Fix Hirst campaign included a vast array of media and grassroots efforts aimed to inform the public, elected officials and legislators about the harmful effects and proposed solutions to the 2016 State Supreme Court ruling called the Hirst decision. The court's ruling restriced building on rural land that relied on permit-exempt wells, curtailing most new development in these areas. Read more>>>

Don't Miss Out - Leadership Conference Just Around the Corner

Haven't had time to register? On vacation? Running out of time? That's OK! It's not too late.

Local home builders association executive officers, staff and members are encouraged to attend the 2018 Area 15 Leadership Conference . The two-day conference, with an Effective Communications optional training day, offers leadership training skills designed to help you improve, empower, and reach your individual development and association performance goals.

Don't miss the savings and register today.

If you have any questions, please contact Hillary or Brenda at BIAW at (360) 352-7800.

BIAW Hires Greg Lane As Its New Executive Vice President

BIAW has announced the selection of Greg Lane as its new executive vice president. Lane brings 20 years of executive and administrative experience to the position. Lane previously worked as Deputy Secretary of State, served as President and CEO of TVW and held a senior leadership role at the Attorney General's office for Rob McKenna. Lane began his new role July 18.

AWC Award

Association of Washington Cities President and Kennewick Mayor Don Britain (l) and AWC Government Relations Advocate Carl Schroeder present BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh with AWC’s City Champion award in recognition of BIAW’s partnership in helping to pass the Hirst fix legislation.

BIAW Receives 2018 City Champion Award

BIAW is proud to announce it has received a 2018 City Champion Award in the Partners for Progress category from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). The award was given to BIAW, among other partners, for finding common ground to help pass Hirst and Foster "fix" legislation and for their efforts to ensure that city challenges were considered during the process.

In nofifying BIAW, the AWC said, "This award recognizes the unique partnerships created to address the complex water resource issues that faced our state these past few years. Specifically, we want to recognize the outstanding work and collaboration that BIAW Government Affairs Directors Jan Himebaugh provided to help with the Hirst and Foster water "fix" and for your Association's support." "We are honored to be an AWC award recipient along with all of the other partners. BIAW is pleased that we were able to find common gournd and a mutually agreed to fix for the Hirst and Foster decisions. We look forward to continuing to work together on similar issues," said BIAW President Kevin Russell. Read more>>>

2018 How They Voted Legislative Scorecard Released

BIAW's biennial How They Voted incorporates voting records of legislators over the past two legislative sessions. The scorecard shows the extent of each legislator's support for, or opposition to, bills and issues important to the home building industry.

Check out the 2018 How They Voted.

Paid Family & Medical Leave vs. Paid Sick Leave
What You Need To Know

As of January 1, 2018, employers in Washington must provide nearly all of their employees with paid sick leave. (I-1433, RCW 49.46.200; 49.46.210) In 2019, employers in Wasington will begin paying premiums for paid family and medical leave. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, employees will be able to apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits. (Senate Bill 5975, RCW 50A.04)

For details, view the PFML vs. PSL FAQs.

Check out the Employer PFML FAQs and the Employee PFML FAQs.

Download the two-page Paid Sick Leave Law fact sheet here.

View the complete set of Paid Sick Leave Rules (RCWs).

To help employers implement the requirements set forth in the paid sick leave rules, dowload L&I's Sick Leave Sample Policies here.

Download a one-page Paid Sick Leave Overview here.

For more information, please contact BIAW Codes Coordinator Al Audette or at (360) 352-7800, ext. 105.

Washington Uniform Common Interest
Ownership Act: What You Need To Know

The Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (WUCIOA) or SSB 6175 was adopted during the 2018 legislative session and takes effect July1, 2018. Based on the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act, the WUCIOA will govern all Common Interest Communities, including condominiums and plat communities, created after July 1, 2018.

"Home builders that want to avoid the WUCIOA requirements will have to have the condominium or plat community created prior to July 1, 2018," said BIAW member and attorney James C. "Pete" Middlebrooks.

Check out the article on WUCIOA requirements in the May issue of Building Insight.

Also, read the SSB 6175 overview and the complete SSB 6175 bill.

If you have any questions about SSB 6175, please contact BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh at (360) 352-7800.

New HR Laws Impacting Employers Begin June 7
Learn What You Need To Know

BIAW has created two helpful charts that summarize two important bills that passed during the 2018 session. The first chart outlines the Fair Chance Act, which is intended to give applicants with a criminal record a fair opportunity to be hired by preventing employers from screening them out of the applicant pool before assessing their qualifications.

The second chart outlines Equal Pay and clarifies what is and what is not considered gender-based wage discrimination, and imposes new penalties on offenders.

Both bills become effective June 7, 2018.

If you have questions regarding these two bills, contact BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh at (360) 352-7800.

2018 ROII Brochure Cover

R.O.I.I.® Select brochure.

2018 ROII Printable Release Form

R.O.I.I.® Select Printable Release Form.

2018-19 R.O.I.I.® Select
October Enrollment is Now Open!

The R.O.I.I.® Select team is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 October Enrollment.

As the state's oldest and largest construction retro group in the state, BIAW's R.O.I.I.® Select has returned over $500 million in refunds to participating companies since 1982.

Retro is a safety incentive program with a simple goal: eliminate injuries through improvements in work place safety and preventive strategoes. However, if an employee is injured, help them get better, quicker, with a successful return to work experience. Do this and your business can earn a refund.

To find out if R.O.I.I.® Select is a good fit for your company, fill out our quick and easy
electronic release form or download the printable release form and submit it today!

For more information contact R.O.I.I.® Select at (360) 352-7800, or

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