Red Lion Hotel, Olympia.

BIAW Winter Board Meeting and Schedule

Make plans to attend the BIAW Winter Board meeting, scheduled for March 2-4 at the Red Lion Hotel, Olympia. Check out the meeting agenda to plan your schedule.

The highlight of the meeting is the annual Legislative Reception, Wednesday evening, March 3. Here's your chance to meet new faces as well as the established leadership in Olympia. Share your ideas on how the recovery of the homebuilding industry can influence the state's economic recovery. Complimentary beverages and appetizers.

For room reservations, contact Red Lion Hotel directly.

50+/Accessible Housing Council Trade Show

Join us for BIAW's third annual Universal Design Trade show scheduled in conjuction with the BIAW Winter Board meeting March 3, at the Red Lion Hotel, Olympia. Meet local manufacturers, supplies and service providers along with one-on-one discussions and demostrations of products designed to help you prepare to meet the demand for accessible living.

For more information, contact BIAW Administrative Services Directory Jan Rohila at (360) 352-7800, x101.

Upcoming Seminars and Workshops

Plan to attend several FREE workshops and seminars scheduled in conjunction with the BIAW Winter Board meeting March 2-4 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia:

  • Monday, March 2, 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Communications Workshop
    Learn from communications 'master' Dave Porter on how your written communication can start with your website, roll into social media and snowball into a marketing campaign.

  • Tuesday, March 3, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Lead Paint and Asbestos Removal Update Seminar. Your questions will be answered during this information-packed seminar on the most up-to-date rules and regulations regarding lead paint and asbestos removal.

  • Tuesday, March 3, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 50+/Accessible Housing Council Forum
    Connect with industry experts Mariel Kraus and Cheryl Maines on accessiblity topics.

For more information, contact BIAW Administrative Services Directory Jan Rohila at (360) 352-7800, x101.

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 is Now Accepting 2015 Excellence In Remodeling (EIR) Entries

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 awards are open to all BIAW members.

Click here for a 2015 EIR Entry Packet

Entries due: April 30, 2015. EIR Awards reception is Wednesday, June 24 at the Yakima Convention Center.

For more information, contact Brenda Kwieciak at 360-352-7800, ext. 113.

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.