Court's Decision Severely Curtails Exempt Wells
The recent Washington State Supreme Court decision in Hirst v. W. Washington Growth Management Hearings Board is a major blow to residential development that will take a monumental push from the Legislature to repair.
"The Court's decision is a disaster for a host of property owners, many of whom have been saving for years to be able to build a modest home away from the traffic and stress of the city," said BIAW President Dave Main.
Read more about the Hirst decision and what you can do to help.
BIAW President Dave Main's Op-Ed Published in The Olympian
The Court's recent Hirst decision on water availability places this issue at the top of BIAW's priority list for this year's legislative session. Read the republished op-ed, High Court's Ruling Harms Rural Construction in the January 2017 issue of Building Insight and how the ruling impacts the building industry and housing across the state.
Finest in the Industry
BIAW is proud to announce the 2016 Builder, Associate and Remodeler of the Year award recipients. The winners were honored during BIAW's annual installation and awards ceremony held November 9 at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine.
The honorees, Dave Main, Builder of Year; Myra Williams, Associate of the Year; and Aaron Marvin, Remodeler of the Year, have been steadfast supporters of the home building industry and we salute their contributions with this award.
Read more about the B/A/R Award winners here.
BIAW Hall of Fame Inductee
On November 10, BIAW members posthumously inducted longtime BIAW member Audrey Borders into BIAW's Hall of Fame.
Borders, who passed away in June of this year, was an ardent and dedicated supporter of the home building industry. She got her start when she founded Borders & Son Quality Roofing with her husband in 1976 and took over the reins after his passing in 1992.
Read more about BIAW's newest Hall of Fame inductee here.
BIAW Announces BEAM Winner
During BIAW's installation and awards ceremony held in November, BIAW President Dave Main presented the 2016 BIAW BEAM (Builders Engaging Associate Members) award to longtime Lewis County home builder John Johnson of Johnson Custom Homes.
The BEAM award recognizes builders that exemplify the motto: "It's good business to do business with a member."
Read more about BIAW's 2016 BEAM award winner here.
BIAW Winter Board Meeting and Schedule
Make plans to attend BIAW's Winter board meeting, scheduled for February 27- March 1 at Hotel RL, Olympia. Check out the meeting agenda to plan your schedule.
A block of rooms are being held until January 27. Reserve your room with the Hotel RL directly. Mention you're with BIAW to receive the $115 single/double or $125 triple room rate.
Accessible Housing Council Trade Show
Join us for BIAW's annual Universal Design Trade show, scheduled in conjuction with BIAW's Winter board meeting, on Tuesday, February 29, at Hotel RL in Olympia. Meet local manufacturers, suppliers and service providers; discover the newest design features, retrofits and products; and learn how to grow your client base.
If you'd like to be a trade show vendor, contact Karen Hall at BIAW at (360) 352-7800, x137.
BIAW Teams Up With CTE for Showcase of Skills
BIAW, in its commitment to promote workforce development opportunities for the next generation, has teamed up with the Career and Technical Education's (CTE) Showcase of Skills event. Billed as a way to hightlight career opportunities in the trades and technical skills arena, the one-day competition will help students hone their building skills while building 25 shelters that will be donated to local communities around the state to help address the growing issue of homelessness.
Read more about the showcase of skills and how you can help.
New Code Changes Now in Effect
The State Building Code Council has adopted the 2015 editions of the IBC, IRC, IFC and UPC with state amendments and the 2015 Washington State Energy Code. The 2015 codes went into effect July 1, 2016.
View a more detailed review of the code update changes here.
If you have questions regarding the new code changes, contact BIAW Codes and Regulations Manager Al Audette at 360-352-7800, ext. 105.
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.
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.
Just how much do Washington state employees make?
Find out using the OFM database showing gross pay for workers at state of Washington agencies, colleges and universities.