August 31, 2018
BIAW Closed for Labor Day Holiday
In recognition of Labor Day, the BIAW office will be closed on Monday, September 3. We will re-open for normal business hours on Tuesday, September 4.

We wish you and your family a memorable and safe Labor Day holiday!  
BIAW Submitting Comments on Campaign Financing, Federal ESA Rulemaking
State Rulemaking - Campaign Financing
In response to the passage of ESHB 2938 (which BIAW generally supported), the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) is seeking comment on proposed permanent rules that make a number of changes to campaign finance reporting requirements and enforcement procedures for alleged violations.

The bill that was passed stated that campaign finance laws are intended to provide maximum transparency to the public and voters so they may know who is funding political campaigns and how those campaigns spend their money. This bill declares an intent to: (1) Simplify the political reporting and enforcement process; and (2) Expedite the PDC's enforcement procedures so that remedial campaign finance violations can be dealt with administratively.

The PDC’s rules include some simple technical changes along with new sections that should be following the language of the bill that was passed. BIAW will be submitting public comment on the PDC’s proposed rulemaking at the end of September. 
Federal Rulemaking - Endangered Species Act
Three sections from the federal Endangered Species Act have proposed reforms. If finalized, these reforms would significantly benefit both property owners and endangered species. By tailoring regulations to the threats species face, this reform would align the incentives of landowners with the interests of species.

For 45 years, the Endangered Species Act has successfully prevented species extinction but failed to promote recovery, with less than 3% of listed species having recovered. This reform might finally enable the achievement of both prevention of extinction and full recovery.

BIAW will be submitting a comment letter in support of the reforms and encourages local associations to do the same. We will be sending out a one-page document that will help local association staff write a support letter if they are interested in engaging with the ESA rulemaking. 
Success Strategies for Starting Young Professionals Groups
BIAW values the participation, contribution and potential younger professionals and builders bring to shaping the future of the association.

At the request of members, BIAW has been gathering material on successful strategies for forming and running Young Professional groups to help local associations that have an interest in starting their own groups.

BIAW is focused on collecting details and insights, and once compiled, will be sharing information with local associations who want to explore or start their own Young Professionals Group.

To learn more, please contact Jan Rohila at
General Counsel Position Open at BIAW
BIAW is searching for a General Counsel to join our team. If you know of someone who would be perfect for BIAW, please share our job posting here »

Deadline to apply is Friday, September 7!
Update to Standards for Construction Work
The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) intends to conduct rulemaking to update the requirements in Chapter 296-155 WAC, Standards for Construction Work, Part S, Demolition.

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is initiating this change to remove confusing and unnecessary language as well as add clarification where necessary throughout the rule. Other housekeeping changes may be incorporated during this rulemaking.

A stakeholder meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to discuss proposed changes to the rule. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for sign in. The stakeholder meeting will be held at the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) Tukwila Service location located at 12806 Gateway Drive South Tukwila, Washington 98168. 
Fall Protection Rulemaking Hearings
The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is proceeding with fall protection rulemaking for a 4-foot trigger height for the residential construction industry. The agency has scheduled public comment hearings around the state. Please plan to attend one of the public hearings near you and let the department know how the proposed rule would affect how you do business. 

Meeting locations have limited space, so please RSVP for the stakeholder meeting you plan to attend. 

Please register for a hearing or register to attend remotely by WebEx here .
Last Chance to Act
Historically-High Lumber Prices are Adding Thousands of Dollars to the Cost of a Home

Tariffs on imported Canadian softwood lumber are contributing to increased production costs and harming home buyers. With lumber prices running well above $500 per thousand board feet in July, we need a solution to protect the home building industry and consumers.
Tell your Senators to negotiate to reach a lumber trade solution, here »
Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead-CESCL

Do you need a Construction Stormwater General Permit from Ecology? If your project disturbs over an acre of land or is in a subdivision, you probably do.

Part of the requirements of this permit states: all sites disturbing over an acre must have a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL). The CESCL is trained to inspect, install, and manage stormwater controls on your site. Because Ecology requires CESCL to be on-call at all times, most companies will need more than one employee trained as a CESCL and certification must be renewed three years.

Certified Renovator Training:

Certified Renovator Refresher:  
Area 15 Leadership Conference in Seattle

Local home builders association executive officers, staff and members are encouraged to attend the 2018 Area 15 Leadership Conference on September 27-28. This two-day conference, with an Effective Communications optional training day on September 26, offers leadership training skills designed to help you improve, empower and reach your individual development and association performance goals.

Register here »
Optimizing Your Site: Determining Low Impact Development (LID) Feasibility and Improving Your Site Layout Workshop

Participants will review fundamental strategies and techniques to assess soils and other site characteristics to effectively and efficiently plan and develop a site layout using LID principles.

Choose from three workshop dates plus a video conference option at Bellevue, Bellingham and Vancouver locations.

BIAW Registration Now Open:
$20 fee per registration (includes lunch)

Side note : This course is part one of a two-part workshop series. Attendees will earn a certificate after completing this workshop and "Protecting Your BMPs: Ensuring Low Impact Development (LID) Best Management Practices (BMPs) are Not Impacted by Construction Activities." Part two workshop dates and locations to be announced.
Grant funded by the Washington State Department of Ecology
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