August 17, 2018
Hammer & Nail is BIAW's once a month e-newsletter. During legislative session, it includes the Lawmaker Review.   
BIAW’s latest print magazine Building Insight has been mailed to members and is now available online. The August edition talks about government affairs and regulatory updates, hiring women to fill the labor shortage, low impact development best practices and the latest education program news. 

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Primary Election Overview
The Washington State primary election was August 7, and the results are in. The numbers suggest a wave election for Democrat candidates, especially in the House. Senate Republicans trail in 4 seats they currently hold, while the House Republicans trail in 17 seats they currently hold. If those margins hold through the general election, the Senate would return with 29 D's and 20 R's, while the House would come back with 67 D's and 31 R's.

Historically, the primary election under the top-two system has been a strong indicator of performance in the general election. Since 2008, more than 98% of candidates who win a two-candidate primary go on to win the general election. 

To see how races went in your district, click here »

It’s even easier to vote with the new pre-paid postage on the ballots, so remember to vote in the general election on November 6. 
BIAW Awarded Best Regional Government Affairs Effort by NAHB
On August 13, BIAW was awarded Best Regional Government Affairs Effort in its size category by NAHB at the Association Management Conference in Long Beach, Calif. for the Fix Hirst! campaign. This award honors home builder association programs that lobbied locally elected and appointed officials and public agencies statewide on broad members issues.

Since 2016, BIAW has spent countless hours working towards a fix for the Washington state Supreme Court Hirst decision, which prevented home building in many areas of the state that relied on permit-exempt wells. BIAW is thrilled that a Hirst fix was ultimately passed this legislative session.

To read the press release, click here »
Art Castle Receives Career Achievement Award
Art Castle, former Executive Vice President of BIAW, was awarded the 2017 Seldon Hale Career Achievement award on August 12 for his outstanding career achievement in the management of a home builder association for a minimum of 10 years. This award represents the highest level of dedication, loyalty and commitment and is the utmost recognition that can be awarded in the NAHB Executive Officers Council.

Congratulations to Art Castle who was honored and recognized by home builder association members, fellow association executive officers and NAHB staff at the 2018 Association Management Conference in Long Beach, Calif. 
Paid Family & Medical Leave Webinar
The Washington Employment Security Department is having a Paid Family and Medical Leave Overview webinar on Tuesday, August 21. It's a free event and offers information targeted to small business owners.

For more information and to register, click here »
R.O.I.I.® SELECT Enrollment Deadline Aug. 24
R.O.I.I.® Select is BIAW's performance-based retrospective rating group premium program, the largest in the state, with the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The group receives refunds when the group's premiums exceed their losses.

Deadline to apply is fast approaching but it's not too late! R.O.I.I.® Select is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 October enrollment period by Friday, August 24. Get started here »

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Your Input Matters
Attend a L&I Fall Protection Public Meeting
Back in 2013 and 2015, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) received notification from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) relating to Labor and Industries (L&I) fall protection standards. OSHA is concerned that L&I’s residential construction fall protection standards differ significantly from its policies and standards. The current proposal is to set the trigger height requiring fall protection to 4 feet where OSHA’s trigger height is 6 feet. Our state rules only need to be as stringent as the federal rule.

Also, OSHA updated their walking/working surfaces requirements in 2017 and now DOSH’s rules must be updated to ensure they are as effective as the OSHA requirements. Since these projects are intertwined, DOSH will conduct the stakeholder meetings together.

BIAW is engaged in DOSH rulemaking but we need as many voices around the state as possible to talk to rulemakers about how a 4 foot trigger height would affect your daily operations. 

Please register for a hearing near you or register to attend remotely by WebEx here.
Submit Your Comments on Draft Stormwater Permits for Eastern, Western WA
Dept of Ecology
Stormwater Permit Drafts Now Available
The Department of Ecology (DOE) has issued formal drafts for three municipal stormwater permits in Western and Eastern Washington. Read the drafts here »

Your Comments Needed
There are several public hearings being hosted by DOE on the draft stormwater permits for Phase I, and Phase II Western and Eastern Wash. These hearings will provide an opportunity to give formal comments on the draft permits. Find a hearing near you »

Stormwater Manual Updates
Also, the stormwater manuals have been updated. The Eastern manual process is complete and the Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington is out for review and comment. Find both manuals here »
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
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