August 3, 2018
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REMINDER: Ballots Due Tuesday, August 7
Have you mailed your ballot in yet? The primary election is coming up and ballots are due on Tuesday, Aug. 7. 

Please check out the list of Washington Affordable Housing Council (WAHC) endorsed candidates and your local association's endorsements and then make your vote.

Ballots will already have the return postage paid (no stamp needed) but must be postmarked by election day on Tuesday. Ballots can also be returned to a drop box by 8 p.m. that day. The top two candidates who receive the most votes in each race will move on to the Nov. 6 general election.

To read the WAHC endorsements, click here » 
L&I Fee Increase Proposed
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is considering rule changes to increase fees for its construction contractor registration, elevator and factory assembled structures (FAS) programs. The agency seeks to increase fees to cover increased operating expenses for inspections and other program public safety activities. 

The rule changes under consideration would increase fees by four percent. For example, a $60 fee would increase to $62.40. 

As a required part of the rulemaking process, L&I filed a preproposal (CR101), with the state Office of the Code Reviser on July 17, 2018. There will be opportunities to provide written comments or present testimony at public hearings. To find out more, see the L&I engagement site for information about how to participate in the process.
Apply for a NAHB Committee or Council
NAHB is looking for members in good standing to consider serving on a committee or council in 2019. These groups meet in person during the spring and fall leadership meetings and the International Builders' Show to discuss legislative and regulatory news, business updates, economic and design trends and other issues of importance. Their role is to make informed recommendations to the NAHB Board of Directors on matters of policy.

Apply here - applications due before September 23, 2018 (login required).
BIAW Education Program Survey
Thank you to all who volunteered for the BIAW education program survey to help guide insight on improvements and successes!

We have had nearly 150 members respond to date, which is fantastic. If you are interested in participating in the survey, please click here »

Your responses will help ensure the program continues to be responsive and meets the needs of BIAW members.
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BIAW Events
EPA Certified Lead-Safety/Renovator/Repair/Paint

EPA and Washington State Department of Commerce requires all contractors who may disturb lead paint on pre-1978 homes take a class to become a Certified Renovator and then register their Firm. 

Anyone disturbing more than 6 sq. ft. (interior) & 20 sq. ft. (exterior) of lead-based paint must get the training. Including, Home Improvement/Renovation Contractors, Remodelers/Carpenters, Painters, Plumbers, Electricians, Maintenance Personnel, Residential Property Managers/Owners, Workers Removing or Modifying Painted Surfaces. Activities that are subject to the RRP Program: Remodeling and Repair/Maintenance, Electrical Work, Plumbing, Painting, Carpentry and Siding/Window Replacement.

Certified Renovator Training

Certified Renovator Refresher
Friday Update
Chefs Guy Fieri and José Andrés join forces to feed...

As the Carr Fire becomes one of the top 10 most destructive wildfires in California's history, renowned chefs Guy Fieri and José Andrés are doing everything they can to help feed the evacuees and first responders.

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