Rick Hjelm to Lead BIAW in 2019
January 2, 2019

Rick Hjelm, owner of Phase II General Contractor, Inc., is the new president of the Building Industry Association of Washington for 2019. Hjelm will begin serving his term January 1.

Throughout the year, Hjelm will represent home builders, advocating on the major issues they face in their local areas as well as across the state, including water availability, skilled labor shortages and a lack of developable land for home building, among other issues.

Read more »



BIAW's Charity Auction Recipient

January 16, 2019

On Jan. 16, BIAW EVP Greg Lane and Membership Manager Karen Hall proudly presented SafePlace Olympia with a check for $2,180 from our annual Charity Auction. SafePlace's mission is to aid in preventing sexual and domestic violence while offering crisis intervention and education.

Winter Weather Brings Safety Challenges

January 8, 2019

Winter in Washington means new outdoor recreational opportunities but it also brings with it icy conditions and wet, slippery snow. Learn more »

Legislative Review

Higher Residential Energy Code Proposed
January 18, 2019

SB 5293 will be heard Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Senate Environment and Energy Committee. The Governor has requested legislation on building energy efficiency. Most of the bill deals with large commercial spaces and developing a retrofit program. However, BIAW has significant opposition regarding the proposals changes to the residential energy code. Read more »

Condo Reform Bills Introduced
January 18, 2019

BIAW has worked diligently over the interim on condo liability reform language with members of the legislature and other stakeholders. SB 5334 and HB 1306 represent that hard work. In addition to condo liability reform, these bills also make technical changes to the Washington Common Interest Ownership Act, which was passed last year and was always acknowledged would need changes. Read more »

Bill Will Mandate Increase in L&I Costs
January 18, 2019

SB 5217, sponsored by Senator Karen Keiser (D – Kent), would mandate an unprecedented increase in the amount of time-loss (wage replacement) payments that injured workers receive while unable to return to work. Read more »

GMA and SEPA Reforms

BIAW is supporting Growth Management Act (GMA) and State Environment Policy Act (SEPA) reforms that help land use and environmental policies work together instead of against each other. A number of BIAW supported bills have been heard and more are scheduled. Read more »

Governor's Proposed Tax Increases
January 18, 2019

Now that Governor Jay Inslee is looking more and more like a presidential candidate, there something he won’t be talking about in Iowa or New Hampshire: his proposed tax increases. Read more »