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BIAW Hall of Fame: Call for Nominations

Do you know a fellow BIAW member, industry leader or legislator whom you believe is worthy of
entry into the BIAW Hall of Fame? This is a way to honor those men and women who have made
significant and lasting contributions to the Building Industry Association of Washington.

For more information, or to download the fillable BIAW Hall of Fame nomination packet,
vist the BIAW Hall of Fame web page.

The deadline to submit a HOF nomination is June 1, 2015.

If you have any questions, contact Brenda Kwieciak at 360-352-7800, ext. 113.

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EPA Extends Renovator Recertificiaton Deadlines

Renovators may have recently received a notice extending the deadline for recertification under EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) program.

The EPA issued a final rule on April 16. Under the final rule:
  • Individual renovators who received their initial certification on or before March 31, 2010,
    now have until March 31, 2016, to get recertified
  • Individual renovators who received certification between April 1, 2010,
    and March 31, 2011, will have one year added to their five-year certifications

Please make sure you understand the implications and requirements needed for you or your firm to comply.

To find out more about the EPA rule, certification, and BIAW's EPA-certified initial and refresher classes, read the Renew or Not to Renew? article by BIAW member and EPA-certified Lead Renovator Instructor Kris Alberti, CAPS, CGP.

BIAW Health Trust Joins Forces with Other Qualified Association Health Plans

The BIAW Health Trust - along with Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and Northwest Marine Trade Association - recently joined forces to form the Coalition of Qualified Association Health Plans to highlight these important health programs. On April 1, the Coalition launched an educational outreach effort reaching out to the insurance commissioner, elected representatives and the community at large to bring attention to the success story that is Washington association health plans. To take action and stay-up-to-date on this vital effort, please visit the Coalition's website and follow the twitter feed.

Time is running out! Submit your projects now for the 2015 BIAW Excellence In Remodeling Awards

Do you have a remodeling project you believe is worthy of recognition? No project is too big or too small. (There are over 27 project categories!) Receive recognition and exposure for your craftsmanship, innovation and attention to detail. BIAW's Excellence in Remodeling (EIR) awards are open to all BIAW members.

Download the 2015 EIR Nomination Packet and Entry Form.

Why enter the EIR? Download the EIR Marketing Materials and discover the many reasons you should enter.

Entries are due Friday, April 30, 2015. The EIR reception is Wednesday evening, June 24 at the Yakima Convention Center. For more information, contact Brenda Kwieciak at 360-352-7800, ext. 113.


R.O.I.I.® Select Now Accepting Applications for the
2015-2016 Plan Year

BIAW has proudly offered the R.O.I.I.® program since 1982. As one of the largest and oldest retro groups in the state, the R.O.I.I.® program has returned more than $400 million in refunds to participating construction-related companies.

Download and print the 2015-16 R.O.I.I.® Select Application form here.
For more information, visit the R.O.I.I.® Select homepage.



BIAW Now Accepting Education Program Scholarship Applications

BIAW is pleased to announce it will offer $15,000 in scholarship awards to Washington state students pursuing an education in the homebuilding industry or related fields. A fillable 2015-2016 Scholarship Application is now available for your convenience at www.BIAW.com.

The deadline to submit a scholarship application to BIAW is May 8, 2015.

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


Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association Celebrates 35th Anniversary

BIAW's Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association recently celebrated its 35th Anniversary and produced a number of videos commemorating the event. Check out the SICBA Builders YouTube Channel for its history, heritage and heroes over the past 35 years.





BIAW Teams up with Vernon Promotional Products

BIAW is proud to announce its partnership with The Vernon Company, an 111-year old, family-owned business that manufactures and imports an endless array of custom promotional products. Earn non-dues revenue for your local association with every purchase you make.

Visit ShopBIAW and earn a 10% discount on all products, setup proofs, and art charges.

BIAW Produces Social Media How To Videos

What is social media and how can it help your business? If you're in the dark about the subject, you'll be glad to know BIAW has produced a series of beginner How To videos with a focus on social media and how to incorporate it in your marketing efforts.

These 1-3 minute videos are posted on YouTube and will cover the basics from creating a Facebook page to posting comments and images. BIAW will continue to produce and post additional videos -- so check back often.

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

Washington State Energy Code Available Online

The 2012 Washington State Energy Code is now available for download via the State Building Code Council website. PDF versions include the WAC 51-11c (Commercial), WAC 51-11R (Residential), and Appendix Chapters.

The BIAW has scheduled 2012 IRC/Energy Code Update Classes throughout the state for BIAW members and non-members which highlight significant changes to the codes.

For more information or questions, contact Jan Rohila at 800-228-4229, ext. 101.

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

Just how much do State employees make?

Find out with this user-friendly database or the OFM database showing gross pay for workers at state of Washington agencies, colleges and universities.