Washington Center for Housing Studies

BIAW’s Government Affairs team does more than advocate on behalf of the home building industry. The team also researches and develops policy information to help decision-makers better understand how and why homebuilding gets so expensive. You can find all this research at the Washington Center for Housing Studies.

Washington Housing Fact Sheet

Washington State Impact Fees

Cost to Convert Gas Homes to Electric

Hidden Costs of Building Codes Since 2009

BIAW Special Reports

BIAW’s Policy and Research Manager works with builder members and others to gather the most relevant and accurate information on the issues.

NEW! 40 Years of Permits
Analyzing Trends in Permit Approvals

Analyzing a Decade of Construction
Building Materials and Labor Costs

Planning and Development in Washington State

Washington State’s Housing Affordability Index 

Washington’s Housing Supply Shortage by County

Cost of Constructing New Homes in Washington State

The Real Cost of Regulations in Washington # #

Cost of Permitting Delays in Select Jurisdictions in Washington state

Washington’s Housing Attainability Crisis in Each County: Part 1

Washington’s Housing Attainability Crisis in Each County: Part 2

Ramifications of the Underproduction of Housing Units, 1990s to 2020

Cost of Living as a Renter in Washington and its Effect on Homeownership

The Real Cost of Zoning: The Invisible Tax #

NAHB Reports

In addition to its broad advocacy efforts, NAHB supports its members through extensive economic analysis and research that provides insight into the housing market.

Impact of Home Building in Washington: Income, Jobs and Taxes Generated

Comparing Costs to Revenue for State and Local Government

Priced Out Video Series

Each year, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) releases its Priced-Out Estimates, showing how higher home prices, government regulations and rising interest rates affect people’s ability to buy new homes. These videos show how rising prices affect families’ ability to afford a home in several communities in Washington.


Washington state


Bremerton, Silverdale and Port Orchard

Richland, Kennewick, Pasco


Mount Vernon and Anacortes

Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey

Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue

Spokane and Spokane Valley Area

Greater Vancouver Area

Walla Walla