January 2021 Building Insight

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Health Insurance Program

So you have an HSA, now what? If you are like an increasing number of Americans, there is a good chance you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) as part of your health insurance benefits. Understanding how your HSA works can make a huge difference in getting the most out of your benefits. Pair Your HSA With a High-Deductible Health Plan First, it’s important to know that an HSA is an account that lets you save funds for future healthcare-related expenses. However, in order to contribute, it must be paired with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). If you have benefits through your job, your HSA and HDHP were likely set up together, but double-check with your employer to be sure. Contribute tax-free One of the most significant benefits of an HSA is that your contributions via a payroll deduction are tax-free. In addition, you will not pay tax on the distribution of the funds as long as they are used for qualified medical expenses. This means the money you earn and save goes further when used to pay for your healthcare needs. Both you and your employer can contribute to your HSA each year, but the combined contribution must not exceed the annual limits set by the IRS. For 2021, HSA contribution limits are $3,600 for self-only plans and $7,200 for family plans, up $50 and $100 respectively from 2020. Funds are yours to keep Another critical thing to know is that your HSA funds are yours to keep and rolled over each year, as opposed to a Flexible Savings Account (FSA) where FSA funds are based on a “use it or lose it” rule. If you change health insurance plans or your job in the future, your HSA funds are still yours, although your ability to contribute to the account may change. Additionally, most HSA administrators allow you to invest at least some of the funds in your HSA. This is a great way to supplement your current retirement 2

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savings plan. Check with your HSA administrator for details. Most people know HSA funds must be spent on qualified medical expenses such as doctor visits or prescription drugs. However, the CARES Act recently expanded HSA-eligible purchases to include over-the-counter medications and menstrual care products. This is another excellent HSA benefit. The BIAW Health Insurance program consultants, Capital Benefit Services, are here to help you get the most out of your HSA. If you’d like more information, have questions, or would like to get a free quote, contact the BIAW Health Insurance program consultants, Capital Benefit Services, at (425) 641-8093 or visit them online at BIAWHealthTrust.com.


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WHO WE ARE The Building Industry Association of Washington is the state’s largest trade association representing thousands of companies in the home building industry.

BIAW’s 2021 senior officers take the oath of office (l to r): First Vice President Joseph Irons, Second Vice President Nick Gilliland, Secretary Ryan Moore and Treasurer Gary Wray.

BIAW is dedicated to ensuring and enhancing the vitality of the building industry for the benefit of its members and the housing needs of citizens.

BIAW MANAGEMENT Executive Vice President Greg Lane Education and Workforce Development Director Al Audette Communications Director Janelle Guthrie Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh ROII Director Jenn Kavanaugh Administrative Services Director Brenda Kwieciak General Counsel Jackson Maynard Administrative Services Director Jan Rohila


Building codes updates


A virtual session begins

B U IL DI NG INSI G H T ED I TO R I A L S TA F F Communications Director Janelle Guthrie Communications Manager Bailee Wicks Layout and Design Brenda Kwieciak


Winter weather brings unique safety challenges

To submit editorial or advertise, contact communications@biaw.com.


‘Preferred worker’ program helps employers retain valuable workers

Now is the time to get familiar with new codes and updates

BIAW’s legislative priorities focus on homebuilders’ impact on state’s economy

Icy and snowy conditions add another layer to ladder safety training

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President’s message Vision 2021: Protect and promote

Heading into 2021, nobody could have predicted this roller-coaster ride. While 2020 was a difficult year, it certainly demonstrated the value of our BIAW membership and its role in protecting, promoting and preparing our industry. As president of BIAW for 2021, I thank you for the opportunity to lead us into the future.

Protecting the homebuilding industry

Before joining my local association, the Building Industry Association of Clark County, I didn’t really feel like I had a say in what happened to me. As a member, I gained access to knowledgeable professionals with legal expertise and deep connections in Olympia and at the federal level. They taught me “it’s never about what it’s about” and helped me leverage my voice to make a difference. Tracy Doriot, BIAW Certified Builder President

There’s no more significant recent example than the COVID shutdown. BIAW, its local associations and more than 1,100 members banded together to show the governor our industry WAS essential. As a result, residential construction came back to work five weeks before other affected industries. Now, as we enter a 105-day session still feeling the economic effects of COVID, we must stand together once again. We need to protect ourselves through advocacy and legal action from legislative and budget proposals that could harm our industry and limit people’s ability to pursue the American dream of owning a home.

Promoting the positive impact of our industry

According to the 2020 economic impact report, detailing the contributions of the home building industry to Washington state in 2019, homebuilders supported over 188,000 jobs with $16.1 billion in family income and generated billions of dollars in tax revenue for state and local governments. Most importantly, our members provide people a home—a place to raise their children, a place to grow old, something to invest in and make their own. A home has never been more valuable than when you are locked down due to COVID-19! BIAW will be working to promote the value of our industry in a variety of ways throughout 2021, and we will need your help.

Preparing ourselves and our future

Education and workforce development have always been important to our industry—and BIAW is preparing our industry and workforce for the future. Watch for my February article for more news on that front. Can you tell I’m passionate about our industry and BIAW? I hope you’ll join me in sharing this passion with everyone you meet. Welcome new members to your local, encourage others to get more involved, reach out and build partnerships to promote workforce development and continuing education. Most of all, raise your voice with us when it comes time to protect our industry. 4

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Welcome to 2021! Release the Kraken!

Executive Vice President’s message Removing roadblocks to rebuild the economy As we enter 2021 with the 105-day legislative session underway, the building industry remains one of the bright spots in Washington’s economy. As noted in a recent Seattle Times article, Surviving businesses plunge into second round of COVID restrictions better prepared than they were 8 months ago (11/23/2020), after BIAW’s success in getting construction restarted in May, home builders adapted to the new regulatory environment so we could keep our workers safe and complete new homes and remodeling projects promised to families across the state.

Greg Lane

Executive Vice President

Because of this, our industry has significantly contributed to the state’s rebound by providing jobs and tax revenue. Now, BIAW is proposing new legislation to continue our ability to help the state rebound from this health and economic crisis. Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh provides greater detail about BIAW’s legislative agenda (see p. 10). However, I want to highlight a few important themes. Building on lessons learned Throughout this past year, we all have adapted to new ways of conducting work, both reducing contact with others and improving safety. Remote connections are now commonplace, and we’d like to see some of these temporary changes become permanent to improve the efficiency of the land use process. We’ll be asking the Legislature to modernize some state and local procedures like inspections and public hearings on land use to take advantage of technology. Easing the ability to recover We’re also asking lawmakers to remove some roadblocks and delays caused by COVID, including extending permit and plat approvals and requesting additional relief regarding impact fee and permit application procedures. These changes will help our industry respond to the rapidly growing demand for housing. If there’s one positive thing we’ve learned from this pandemic, it’s the value of a home. Further delays will only worsen our state’s housing shortage crisis. Protecting against further damage While working to improve our ability to build homes and support the state’s economic recovery, we’ll be playing defense as legislators look for ways to fill the budget deficit brought on by mandated pandemic restrictions, specifically in the loss of retail and hospitality tax revenues. There have been a multitude of tax increases proposed by those in control at the state Capitol. Time and time again, we have banded together to promote and protect our industry so we can continue to contribute to a healthy economy in Washington. This year is no different. Stay connected. Stay informed. And continue to stay safe!

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State Building Code Council

Building codes updates by Damen Jeg Government Affairs Coordinator

Washington’s new building codes are scheduled to go into effect soon. Operating on a three-year cycle, the State Building Code Council (SBCC) reviews amendments and then forwards building code recommendations to the Legislature for adoption. New codes are typically effective July 1 of the adopted year, but like everything else, the code

implementation dates have been delayed due to COVID-19. The new codes are effective Feb. 1, 2021.

Energy code changes

n 5,000+ s/f require 7 credits (previously 4.5) n R-2 dwellings require 4.5 credits (previously 2.5) n Residential additions less than 500 s/f require 1.5 credits (previously 0.5)

Per RCW 19.27, permitted construction must achieve a 70% reduction in annual net energy consumption by 2031 using the 2006 Washington State Energy Code as the base level. Continued incremental changes have been made this code cycle for fuel source selection, envelope air leakage control, ventilation system effectiveness, HVAC efficiencies, hot water generation equipment, renewable electric energy, and lighting equipment.

Changes to energy code credits

A dynamic shift takes place in the 2018 WSEC. “Carbon emissions equalization” between heating source fuels incentivizes highefficiency heat pump HVAC equipment and renewable energy generation (wind/solar). Penalties are incorporated for combustion-fuel and electric-resistance equipment. Required additional “credits” now include R-2 occupancies. n Dwellings less than 1,500 s/f require 3 credits (previously 1.5) n 1,501-4,999 s/f require 6 credits (previously 3.5) 6

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The following are notable changes within the adopted/amended 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2018 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC).

The 2018 WSEC introduces a new appliance package credit option. Installed appliances must be Energy Star rated and include a ductless clothes dryer without vent ducting or exterior vent caps installed in the building.

New simulated performance metrics

Building designs using the Simulated Performance Alternative method (comparing a standard reference design to a proposed design) now must show reduced annual energy consumption based on “carbon emissions” of the fuels and energy use in the proposed building design.

Building code planning changes

The 2018 IRC includes updates to climate, geographic and seismic design criteria. Building departments are now required to provide “Manual-J” local design criteria for heating/cooling calculations.

Two family dwelling separation

The 2018 IRC references the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), non-residential construction, incorporating tried-and-true methods for constructing

fire-resistance wall assemblies used in commercial construction.

resistive barrier installation criteria, and chimney insulation barriers.

A half-hour fire-resistance wall rating for separation walls is permitted for duplexes equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system.

Family homes and radon protection

Updated safety glazing and stairs

Requirements around safety glazing adjacent to doors, as well as emergency escape and rescue opening requirements, have been modified. Handrail projections on stairs have been clarified and new standards for maximum stair rise between landings has increased, recognizing use of taller engineered floor joists for longer open spans and space for HVAC ducting.

Mezzanine areas, habitable attics and sleeping lofts

Mezzanines can now be increased to half the area of the room containing the mezzanine by the addition of a sprinkler system. Definition of “habitable attic” has been changed to “a finished or unfinished habitable space within an attic” and Washington state amendment added this space (with exceptions) to be considered a “story above grade plane.” Amendments address new standards for sleeping lofts in “condensed dwelling units” to include limits for floor area, access/egress requirements, headroom, tread/riser sizing, handrails and landing dimensions.

Photovoltaic (PV)/solar energy systems

Newly defined pathway clearances around PV roof panel placements provide firefighter access and clearance for emergency escape/rescue openings.

Stud height, lateral support for headers and water-resistive barriers The 2018 IRC provides updated design tables for taller stud height, lateral support for headers, water-


BIAW offers an online “Significant Changes to the 2018 Codes” class to help you navigate through the most significant changes. To sign up, go to BIAW.com/events and click the class of your choice.

The SBCC added a section for adult family homes specifying grab bar placement, handrail/riser dimensions and door lock installation regulations. The SBCC amendment requires radon control provisions (Appendix F) applicable to buildings constructed in high radon potential counties (Clark, Ferry, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Spokane and Stevens). Per amendment, unvented crawl spaces will not be allowed for these counties.

Footing sizes and deck framing

A state amendment provides alternative footing size graphs for light-frame construction (per snow load). The state amendment provides new design tables for required increase to 2018 IRC live loads, materials, posts, joists and lateral support for decks.

Mechanical and gas code changes

Clearance requirements around furnaces are now deferring to manufacturer’s specs. Makeup air for high-volume kitchen exhaust systems is clarified. PEX tubing support placement recognizes larger diameter supply piping. Gas-fired clothes dryers may now be installed in a bathroom where a permanent opening communicates with other permitted spaces. 2018 IRC appendices include updates for tiny houses, straw-clay construction, straw-bale construction, solar ready zones and fire sprinklers.

Heat, smoke & CO sensors

“Heat-detection” devices are now required for garages. Placement locations of smoke near bathrooms is updated. Updated carbon monoxide alarm standards allow builders to utilize new wireless sensor technology in their projects.

If you have any questions about the new code updates, contact me at (360) 352-7800, ext. 114 or damenj@biaw.com.

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Cover Story

Meet your 2021 senior officers by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

President Tracy Doriot BIAW Certified Builder, Doriot Construction

President Tracy Doriot, Building Industry Association of Clark County Tracy Doriot of Doriot Construction is an award-winning custom home builder with 43 years in the construction business. A BIAW Certified Builder, Doriot has served on the Building Industry Association of Clark County’s board of directors since 2007, holding multiple committee chair positions and serving as president the second half of 2009, 2010 and 2016. He’s an active recruiter of new members earning 521 Spike credits. Doriot has served on the Cascadia Technical Academy (formerly known as Clark County Skills Center) Construction Technology Advisory Committee since 1996 and has been chair of the committee since 2019. He also serves on the board of directors for the Clark County Parks Foundation. Tracy ’s leadership and involvement in BIAW includes participating in many BIAW committees and councils and as a senior officer on its executive committee since 2019. Named BIAW Builder of the Year for 2020, Tracy was installed as BIAW 2021 president at the fall board meeting and looks forward to leading the organization into the future.

Joseph Irons GMR, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP, BIAW Certified Builder, Irons Brothers Construction


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First Vice President Joseph Irons, Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties Joseph Irons of Irons Brothers Construction, Inc. has been active in leadership at his local association, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) for the over 20 years he’s been a member. He served as MBAKS 2016 board president and chair of MBAKS and BIAW Remodelers councils. He is an active member of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers Board of Trustees and served as BIAW’s representative to NAHB’s executive board. As a BIAW Certified Builder, and having achieved NAHB’s highest designation for remodeling, Graduate Master Remodeler, Irons is committed to continuing education. Irons is also a recipient of numerous local, state and national remodeling awards, including BIAW Remodeler of the Year in 2010. When he is not remodeling and constructing homes, Irons dedicates his time, talent and resources to his community. He is active in the MBAKS Rampathon, helping build ramps for people who need them, and Painting a Better Tomorrow, painting non-profit buildings and structures.

Second Vice President Nick Gilliland, Spokane Home Builders Association Nick Gilliland began working in the insurance industry in 2013 as an operations manager for Aetna Insurance. In 2015, he attained his property casualty license and joined Blasingame Insurance.

Nick Gilliland Blasingame Insurance

Over the last five years, Gilliland has focused his attention on the home building industry, helping builders protect their business and assets with insurance solutions tailored to their needs. As an active and involved member of his local, the Spokane Home Builders Association, Gilliland has been a critical player in membership recruitment and SHBA Next, a group dedicated to inspiring young professionals in the industry. In 2018, Gilliland was honored with BIAW’s Associate Appreciation Award for his dedication and service to the industry at local, state and national levels. Treasurer Gary Wray, Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association Gary Wray has been a member of his local, Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association, since 1998 and has been a SICBA board member for nearly 12 years. Over the last 10 years, Gary has served on numerous BIAW committees, including Education, Legal and Workforce Development. He’s been chair of the Legislative Policy Committee, 2015-16, and an active participant with the Washington Affordable Housing Council.

Gary Wray Laser Construction and Development

In addition to his enthusiasm for recruiting new members, Wray has been a board member for Habitat for Humanity of Island County since 2008, including chair for three years. He is an active member of the Hearts and Hammers board, currently serving as president of its North Whidbey chapter. He is also a board member for Civility First, a non-profit which promotes courteous political public and private dialogue. Secretary Ryan Moore, Central Washington Home Builders Association Ryan Moore was born and raised in Eastern Washington. After earning his degree, he began his employment with Conover Insurance in 2016. His interest in the insurance industry sprung from the family business. Ryan’s father has been an agency owner for Farmers Insurance for many years.

Ryan Moore Conover Insurance

Ryan gives back to the community he was born and raised in, volunteering for non-profit organizations, including his local association, the Central Washington Home Builders Association. In addition, Ryan has earned numerous awards supporting the home building industry at the local, state, and national levels. Immediate Past President Sherry Schwab, Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties Sherry Schwab has been a BIAW member for more than 20 years and is heavily involved in leadership at BIAW, her local association, MBAKS, and NAHB.

Sherry Schwab HCS Construction Services Company

In 2017, she served as NAHB National Area 15 chair, representing members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Sherry also served as MBAKS Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council chair in 2020 and was named NAHB PWB Member of the Year in 2016. Sherry has established herself as one of BIAW’s top Spikes as an avid promoter of membership, earning 1,771 Spike credits. For her contributions to the home building industry, Sherry has received top awards from MBAKS, was named BIAW Remodeler of the Year in 2002 and was inducted into the BIAW Hall of Fame in 2011. january 2021


Government Affairs

Virtual session underway by Jan Himebaugh Government Affairs Director

BIAW’s advocacy team has built out the 2021 legislative agenda as directed by our members. And, as a response to the current pandemic, the Legislature is conducting a legally and constitutionally dubious virtual session. BIAW is greatly concerned about this direction. We are working strategy for continued effective advocacy as we seek residential construction recovery from the COVID-19 government-mandated economic shutdowns.

What virtual session means

1. We are using all options for effective advocacy. 2. You need to connect with your legislators more. Watch for the Lawmaker Review email or look for the “We Need Your Help” icon at BIAW.com/news for direction. 3. We are utilizing your stories in unique ways, so prepare to say yes to our calls for help!

Legislative priorities

Our legislative priorities focus on the impact residential construction has on Washington’s economy and how homebuilders will lead the way to economic health. Residential construction accounted for $1.9 billion of taxable retail sales in Q2 of 2020 even with the shutdown and current slow pace of construction. In 2019, residential construction accounted for 10

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$2.6 billion in taxable retail sales. Washington can’t afford inaction when it comes to spurring residential construction recovery. Extending, modernizing and simplifying the process will help all types of residential construction lead the way for Washington’s economic recovery. These simple no-cost solutions can and will make a big difference in Washington’s housing stock and the state’s economic healing.

COVID-19 housing recovery

Extend permit and plat approvals COVID shutdown and COVID safety requirements slowed progress on homes. Home builders need expiring permits to be extended for a year. Now is not the time to require reapplications for the same project. We can save time and money by extending approvals that have already been vetted. Modernize state and local processes (inspections and public hearings land use) through digitalization Embrace technology for inspections and required public hearings through permanent adoption of virtual processes. COVID has taught us that it is possible to do inspections and land use public hearings

efficiently, timely and cost-effectively for both home builders and jurisdictions through virtual means. Simplify impact fee deferral procedures Home is more critical than ever. Washington needs to ensure programs created to encourage construction are accessible and practicably usable for builders. Hard-to-find processes hidden away defeat the purpose of deferral processes. Impact fees will be paid. Washington needs a consistent deferral process that is easy for builders and easy for jurisdictions to jump-start housing and reduce up-front costs. Simplify permit applications for properly and swiftly built homes • Three reviews for permit applications A permit application is either reasonably close or needs to begin again. Endless permit reviews and remits rack up time and cost. Instead permit reviews should be clear about all the changes that are needed and limited to three. • Reestablish a real 120-day timeline for permit approvals Builders and permit counters need clear standards

about existing required timelines. Clarifying how these timelines work is critical for predictability for consistent building momentum and finished homes. • Accept professional stamps as compliance proof Professional architects and engineers are required and liable for design flaws. Why does Washington require their legal certification to be questioned? Accepting these stamps as compliant will decrease local government staff resource allocation and provides real predictability for all. In addition to these positive priorities, BIAW will continue to strongly oppose additional regulatory burdens, costs, and increases taxes.

Join us for weekly updates

BIAW hosts weekly GoToMeeting updates during legislative session. If you’d like to be included, contact BIAW Government Affairs Coordinator Damen Jeg at (360) 352-7800, ext. 114 or damenj@biaw.com. BIAW will work to keep you informed and engaged.

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ROII Safety Services

Winter weather brings unique safety challenges by Bob White

ROII Safety Services Director

Winter in Washington means new outdoor recreational opportunities and icy conditions. Many companies add winter maintenance options, such as roof and awning snow removal and gutter maintenance to their list of customer service items; however, these tasks can expose your employees to potentially hazardous working conditions. It is essential employers train employees to perform these types of services safely. Ladder safety is always in season Revisiting ladder safety procedures during your weekly safety meetings is a wise precaution. Muddy and icy ground conditions are a perfect recipe for a potential ladder fall injury. Employers, remind your employees to secure the ladder at the top and bottom and inspect for ice buildup and cracked or bent rungs. Another safety checklist item: beware of low hanging power lines because of ice buildup. Workers and any equipment should always be at least 10 feet from any energized lines. Employers should document this training and keep it on file. Should an employee fall and become hospitalized, the Washington state Department of Labor & Industries, Division of Occupational Safety and Health investigators will ask for this documentation. Avoid potentially dangerous situations Using an alternative, rather than accessing a snowcovered roof is always your best option. Whenever 12

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possible, tried-and-true methods to clear ice and snow, such as using a ladder to apply de-icing or a snow rake or dragline from the ground, will help to mitigate the risk. An ounce of prevention While winter conditions can add another layer of risk to these types of tasks, a little extra planning on your part before employees head out can help avoid a potently costly injury claim and time loss of your valued employee. Before your workers head out for the jobsite, ask if they are: n  Appropriately dressed for today’s weather? n  Working alone on the jobsite? n  Prepared for an accident if it happens at belowfreezing temperatures? n  Trained to recognize the signs of cold stress and hypothermia? n  Taking breaks to warm up and drinking warm fluids at regular intervals?  m

Are you missing out? Safety tips and access to our jobsite safety professionals are among the many benefits ROII offers to participating companies. If you are interested in applying for ROII, please contact ROII Enrollment Manager Jessica Bass at (360) 352-7800, ext. 132 or jessicab@biaw.com.

ROII Claims Corner

‘Preferred worker’ program helps employers retain valuable workers by Ben Bower ROII Claims Services Director

On June 26, 2019, Carl, an employee of an ROII participant, experienced an event that would change his life forever. While installing a residential well, a cable broke on the casting hammer that drives the well casting into the ground, crushing Carl’s right hand.

return to a permanent role. Carl’s employer wanted to keep him as an employee but didn’t know his options. The ROII claims representative had the answer: the Preferred Worker Program, provided by the Washington state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

While x-rays of his hand showed no broken bones, his hand was so swollen the doctor could not diagnose how bad the injury was. Once the swelling subsided, Carl could move his fingers, but he had a limited range of movement and lost sensation in his hand.

When a worker has a permanent restriction that keeps them from returning to their job, the employer can use the Preferred Worker Program to place the worker in a new role while still receiving benefits from L&I.

After minimal improvement through physical therapy, the doctor suggested amputating his middle finger. Once the ROII claims representative learned that surgery was needed, they recognized the possibility Carl would not be able to return to his position as a driller. With this in mind, the claims representative assigned a vocational counselor from Single-Handed Consulting to assist with the possible vocational barriers. Carl underwent amputation surgery and slowly worked through physical therapy. His range of motion and sensation in his hand improved, and Carl had progressed enough to return to work in a lightduty capacity. Together the claims representative, vocational counselor, and Carl’s employer created a temporary light-duty position that accommodated his doctor’s restrictions. While Carl was able to return to work in a temporary capacity, the question remained how Carl would

Once again, the ROII claims representative and vocational counselor worked together with Carl’s employer to create a permanent modified-duty position. The new job accommodated Carl’s hand limitations while allowing him to perform tasks beneficial to the employer. When the newly created position was sent to Carl’s doctor for review, the doctor approved the position. The ROII claims representative helped get approval for Preferred Worker Status through L&I and walked the employer through on how to receive Preferred Worker Program benefits. Thanks to his ROII claims representative, Carl’s employer was able to keep his valued employee and control the costs of a severe injury claim. If you would like more information on how to join ROII, the state’s largest and oldest retro program, contact ROII Enrollment Manager Jessica Bass at (360) 352-7800, ext. 132 or jessicab@biaw.com.

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Education Program

Online class schedule released by Bailee Wicks

Communications Manager

In partnership with our 14 local associations, BIAW’s education department has worked tirelessly to develop and plan a new year full of accessible classes that fit your busy schedule. The online class format allows you to attend the class from the convenience of your jobsite or the comfort of your home. Please note, you must have a login to register for a class (see the ‘how to’ instructions for details). If you have any questions about classes or how to register, please contact BIAW Education Manager Hillary Vanatta at (360) 352-7800, ext. 106 or hillaryv@biaw.com.


FEBRUARY 11 Interviewing Skills for Managers 16 CESCL (Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead) 16 Preventive Law: 101 18 CESCL, Recertification 23 Your Online Presence is Everything: What you need to do to make the most of it 25 Human Resource Management MARCH 9 CESCL 11 CESCL, Recertification 16 Preventive Law: Pro Tips—Negotiating & developing contracts 18 How To Build a Marketing Budget 25 Successful Onboarding & Orientation Best Practices 14

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How to Register for an Online Class

FROM BIAW.COM n Click Education from the Programs tab at the top n Click Class Schedule; you will be directed to a list of all class offerings n Click See Details & Register on class you want to attend n Click Register; you will be directed to the BIAW login page n HAVE A LOGIN? Sign in and register for the class Note: If you or your company have a login, use that login to register additional employees. You do not need to create a login for each class attendee. n NO LOGIN? Click Login from the BIAW.com homepage and follow prompts FROM EDUCATION EMAIL FLYER n Click class link in the flyer; you will be directed to the BIAW login page n HAVE A LOGIN? Sign in; you will be directed to the BIAW Community Hub n Click Class Schedule; choose class to register Note: If you or your company have a login, use that login to register additional employees. You do not need to create a login for each class attendee. n NO LOGIN? Click Login from the BIAW.com homepage and follow prompts After registering for the class, BIAW will send you a confirmation email. Also, one to two days prior to the scheduled class, BIAW will send you a class login link and any other information (book, link materials, handouts, tests, etc.) you need for the class.



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LOCAL ASSOCIATION HAPPENINGS [1]  The entries for the San Juan Builders Association’s gingerbread house contest run the gambit, from a rustic log cabin to an elaborate Victorian castle and everything in between. Sixty-nine houses were judged with the $500 first prize winnings donated to a local charity on the island. Note the gingerbread cookies in the foreground cutout in the shape of the SJBA’s new logo. [2] Central Washington Home Builders member Don Cantor (l) of Lake Interiors presents a nearly $1000 check to Lake Chelan Health and Wellness Foundation President Michael Steel in honor of “Shop for the Cause” a National Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising event.

[3] The Kitsap Building Association’s 2020 Build a Better Christmas (BBC) event, a gift donation and wrapping party, served 17 families living in shelters and transitional housing. This year’s event was modified to adhere to all COVID-related safety protocols, however, no photos were available. This photo was taken during the 2019 BBC event, before masks and social distancing protocols were mandated. [4] Jefferson County HBA member Blue Heron Construction help lead a group of volunteers to build one of the 12 tiny homes that were donated to homeless families in the community.

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You’ll receive a login to the virtual format where you can log in to the platform each day to interact with exhibitors, other attendees, speakers and education sessions.

Look for details in your inbox and on BIAW’s social media channels.

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Virtual Board of Directors Meeting Wednesday | March 3 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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