September 14, 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 September edition talks about upcoming initiatives, important job safety tips and insight into the codes process.

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Newest BIAW Certified Builder Trailblazers
BIAW is proud to announce that we have two new Certified Builder trailblazers added to our program. This program was created to recognize and designate achievement to those in the industry whose work experience and business practices exceed state standards. 
Meet our Newest Certified Builder Trailblazers:
Jay Roberts
Tim Dickey
If you have any questions about the BIAW Certified Builder program, contact Jan Rohila at 360-352-7800 ext. 101 or Hillary Vanatta 360-352-7800 ext. 106.
1/2 Off on BIAW Certified Builder Application Fee!
Have you put off applying to become a BIAW Certified Builder ? There has never been a better time to apply because all approved applications between now and December 31, 2018 are 50% off for BIAW members.
Take advantage of this exclusive offer, apply today »
Comments on the Endangered Species Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed revisions to the Endangered Species Act, and are asking for public comments before September 24. BIAW will be submitting a comment letter in general support with a few requested additions. If you'd like to submit comments, you can do so online here, and clicking on the blue "Comment Now!" button. Or by mail:

Attn: FWS–HQ–ES–2018–0007
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041–3803

Three sections from the 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 encourage recovery.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Josie Cummings at 360-352-7800 ext. 163. 
BIAW Staff & Members Attend Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler Fundraiser
On Tuesday, BIAW staff attended the Building Industry Association of Clark County's fundraiser in support of Congresswoman Jaime Herrara Beutler (R-Battle Ground) in Vancouver, Wash.

Congresswoman Herrara Beutler is a long-time, strong supporter of the BIA of Clark County, BIAW and the home building industry.
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). 
NAHB Associates Awards Applications Due Soon
The NAHB Associates awards are the premier way that associates recognize each other as well as builders for the outstanding commitments that both groups make to the housing industry. There are three categories of awards: the Bill Polley Advocate of BUILD-PAC award, Builders Engaging Associate Members (BEAM) award and the Associates One to Watch award.

Winners will be announced at the Associates Awards Lunch, which will take place during the 2019 NAHB International Builders’ Show in February.

All nominations are due by Sunday, September 30. If you'd like to submit a nomination, all three of the Associates award applications are available in the NAHB Awards Portal here » (login required)
Attend a L&I Fall Protection Public Meeting
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notified the Department of Labor and Industries' (L&I) that the state's residential construction fall protection standards differed significantly from federal policies and standards. Unfortunately, L&I proposed requiring fall protection at 4 feet even though OSHA’s trigger height is only 6 feet.
BIAW, in partnership with other associations, needs your voice to communicate with L&I rulemakers that a 4-foot trigger height is not feasible for aspects of our industry.
Please register for a hearing near you or register to attend remotely by WebEx here
Estimating & Scheduling for Profitable Business Operations
The ability to effectively prepare for a project is vital to your success. Project preparation consists of multiple processes that work together and when performed effectively, increase your efficiency and profitability, improve client satisfaction and enhance team and vendor relationships.

Come away with the knowledge and skills to perform two of the critical processes in project preparation: estimating costs and creating the schedule to complete the project.
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
Roller Coaster Therapy for Kidney Stones

Riding on some types of roller-coaster is an effective way of removing kidney stones. This is the conclusion of research that has won this year's Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine. The US researchers who carried out the work recommend that those...

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