"Construction Connection" is your source for monthly information on industry news and events to keep you in the know. BIA Hawaii is The VOICE of the construction industry and we work diligently to promote our members through advocacy and education and provide community outreach programs to enhance the quality of life for the people of Hawaii.
Happening This Week!

BIA Hawaii's September BIG Home Building & Remodeling Show 
September 23-25, 2022
Neal S. Blaisdell Center - Exhibition Hall

Only a Few Spots Left!

The Building Industry Golf Tournament (BIG T)
Waikele Country Club October 28, 2022

9:30 AM Registration
11:30 AM Shotgun Start

$800 (4-person) team: includes cart, green fees, and luncheon.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Click HERE to learn more or email jess@biahawaii.org with questions.
Mark Your Calendars & Save the Date
2022 Building Industry Design & Construction Awards

The 20s Glamour-Themed BIDCA Gala will be held on November 10, 2022

Details Coming Soon.....
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mr. Elroy Chun.

Past BIA Hawaii president, colleague, mentor, friend, and leader, Elroy was a champion of change, a kind and insightful professional, who had an enormous impact on the building industry in Hawaii.

Elroy died of a heart attack on June 7, 2022; he would have been 95 years old in August.

Elroy leaves a lasting legacy embracing professional integrity for our industry to build upon.
He will be cremated and buried at Punchbowl. His service is planned on October 21 at 2 PM.  Elroy dedicated 200% to BIA and gave his heart and soul to the organization. Please help to make his send-off a memorable one.

September is filled with IBS Show Specials & Deals

  • Registration is open for the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS)
  • September Deals = BIGGEST Savings to attend IBS 
  • IBS 2023 Save 50% on a Builders' Show Expo Pass - get an Expo pass for $50
  • SAVE $250** on an Expo+Education Pass to experience the show floor & 100+ education sessions
  • FREE spouse registration for the show.

Take advantage of the BEST deals for IBS this month!
Did You Know?
SELECT Education Class Fees Can Be Paid By ETF

About the Employment & Training Fund. In 1991, the State Legislature established the ETF program to address the growing need to upgrade the job skills of Hawaii's workforce, created as part of a national movement that swept the country in the 1980s. Investing in human capital to improve productivity and the nation's quality of goods and services became a top priority. The Employer Referral ("micro") program is for individual businesses that need to upgrade the job skills of their employees. 
BIA Hawaii is an approved Training Provider. ETF will cover 50% of the Non-Member course fee rate for select courses, up to a maximum of $400.

Develop the skills you need for success on or off-site production operations management. This hands-on course covers the three phases of a successful venture, planning, implementation and evaluation. Owners, project managers, superintendents, sales managers and anyone involved in the pre-construction and construction process will benefit from this introductory course.

After completion of this course, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the basics of successful project management
  2. Execute the pre-construction project management functions and responsibilities.
  3. Implement the tools available for efficient project management
  4. Manage trade contractors effectively
  5. Perform project management duties during the period
  6. Complete the duties and responsibilities of post-project management
The ability to prepare effectively for a project is vital to the success of any business. Project preparation consists of multiple processes that work together and, when performed effectively, enable you to increase your efficiency, achieve greater client satisfaction, enhance team and vendor relationships and protect profitability. This course provides you with the knowledge of skills to perform two of the critical processes in project preparation: estimating costs and creating the schedule to complete the project.

As a graduate of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Illustrate how estimating and scheduling work together to effectively set up the project
  2. Identify the fundamentals of estimating to identify the costs (not the selling price)
  3. Use spreadsheets and packaged estimating systems
  4. Identify the fundamentals of scheduling
  5. Illustrate the schedule as a key communication tool
FREE Industry Training
Certificate of Completion Awarded

Residential Construction Safety & Injury Prevention

Don't miss this opportunity - space is limited
Contact Barbara at education@biahawaii.org
Hawaiian Electric launches new pilot program
to help commercial customers significantly reduce the upfront cost
of installing electric vehicle charging equipment
The pilot, dubbed Charge Up Commercial, is aimed at properties such as shopping centers, office buildings, fleet facilities, condominiums and apartments located on Oahu, Hawaii Island or in Maui County. Under the pilot Hawaiian Electric will pay for and install equipment, such as transformers and electric panels to support customer-owned charging stations.

The infrastructure associated with EV charging typically represents a sizeable investment that can be cost prohibitive for some customers. Charge Up Commercial helps bridge that gap by minimizing the cost and complexity of installing charging infrastructure.

“We’re excited to provide our commercial customers the opportunity to get ahead of the curve on installation of electric vehicle charging equipment,” said Aki Marceau, Hawaiian Electric’s director of electrification of transportation. “With most major vehicle manufacturers announcing plans to transition a large share of their products to electric over the next decade this is a good time to take action to meet growing demand for EV charging,” she said.

Hawaiian Electric traditionally provides electric service up to the utility side of the meter, while customers are responsible for designing, procuring, installing, and maintaining equipment on their side of the meter. Through Charge Up Commercial Hawaiian Electric will also provide infrastructure on the customer side of the meter, from the meter socket up to an agreeable point of interconnection with the charging equipment.

Make-ready infrastructure will typically include a transformer upgrade and, if necessary, service drop, meter panel or socket, circuit panel, conduit and wires up to the point of the first interconnection with customer-procured charging equipment. Participants are responsible for the selection, purchase and installation of EV charging equipment that meets Hawaiian Electric’s technical requirements.

Hawaiian Electric will install the make-ready equipment to support the installation of four to six Level 2 charging ports.

Charge Up Commercial complements Hawaiian Electric’s new commercial EV charging rates that reduce the cost for commercial customers who provide EV charging services. The five-year pilot program employs a time-of-use rate structure that incentivizes charging during midday hours when there is an abundance of solar energy flowing into the grid.

The new rates benefit medium-sized commercial customers under Schedule EV-J and large commercial customers under Schedule EV-P. The new EV-J and EV-P rates also offer demand charges that are much lower than the existing rates for those customer groups. Because managing demand charges can be an issue for site hosts, keeping the charges low will help mitigate those concerns and encourage the installation of charging stations at public and workplace locations.
Focus ON: Membership Benefits

There are many benefits of BIA Hawaii membership. Each month we will highlight benefits to ensure you are getting the most value from your membership.

Learn more about BIA Hawaii membership at www.biahawaii.org/value-of-your-membership. Membership questions? Contact info@biahawaii.org or call 808-847-4666.
Exclusive BIA Member Benefit
20% Off Annual Subscription
The #1 rated Construction Management Software solution, Projul is an all-in-one solution that growing construction companies use to scale their business. Projul gives construction companies the ability to:

  • Manage and schedule all project leads and active projects in one place
  • Easily create and send estimates, invoices and change orders
  • Contain and organize all pictures and project information into one place - not on worker’s phones
  • Task workers and approve time logs for payroll purposes faster than ever
  • Sync to QuickBooks

Read more about Projul here: http://mynpp.com/offer/projul

If you have not yet joined the National Purchasing Partners (NPP) program, sign up HERE.

NPP membership is free for BIA members and there is no obligation to buy. 
BIA members have access to many business, employee, and personal discounts through NPP, a national benefit provider that helps reduce costs with exclusive pricing. 

If you need help registering or more information, please contact customerservice@mynpp.com or call 800.810.3909.
Leadership, Communication, and Conflict Resolution
for the Safety Professional

Whether you are just starting out in your career or have reached a point where you could use a reboot, this training can provide you with the mindset and the skillset to achieve better and different results.

Expand both your personal and professional leadership, communication and conflict resolution capabilities and capacity with intentionality.

At the completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Communicate professionally, and persuasively in business situations
  • Engage others by building rapport, asking pertinent questions and listening
  • Respond with confidence, clarity and impact
  • Deal effectively with difficult situations and conversations

Who should attend?

Professionals at all levels who wish to optimize their performance, lead with conviction and positively impact the bottom line.
The Construction Training Center of the Pacific (CTC) is a one-stop comprehensive training and educational resource center established by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii as its workforce development arm. The CTC provides academic and vocational training, career counseling, job awareness, and related supportive services that address critical labor shortages in the rapidly expanding construction industry.

BIA Hawaii offers a full range of seminars and continuing education classes to empower you and your employees with the latest information on industry standards.
Technology In Home Building

The Builder PropTech virtual event takes place on September 27th, 2022 and looks at the many ways builders can incorporate technology into their business.

Property technology (or proptech) is the application of information technology to optimize how we research, build, sell, and manage the built environment. PropTech is influencing every angle of the home building world from design to construction. This half-day virtual event covers all aspects of the digital future of single-family home building with insights from the biggest builders and tech providers.
9 Emerging Trends in Bathroom Design

Bathrooms have always been a top room to renovate, and homeowners are driven both by aesthetic desires and functional necessities and are doubling down on their investment in these private sanctuaries.
Now Accepting Reservations
The BIA Hawaii CTC headquarters in Waipahu has beautiful and convenient spaces for all of your event needs. Classrooms for trainings and well-equipped rooms for events are available to rent. The event & classroom rental calendar is now open. Space fills quickly! Secure your preferred dates and times. Contact info@biahawaii.org or call 808-847-4666.
Contribute to YOUR Newsletter
BIA Hawaii is offering members the opportunity to promote their business in the monthly newsletter free of charge for the next few months, first come, first served. If you would like to feature your business, please contact bia@biahawaii.org.

Do you know a BIA Hawaii member who has been giving back to the community by volunteering their time, services, labor, or supplies to community projects? Please let us know at bia@biahawaii.org.

Suggestions are always welcome on the type of articles and content that you would like to see.
Building Industry Association of Hawaii
94-487 Akoki Street, Suite 213
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797