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WHO WE ARE As the state’s largest trade association with nearly 8,000 member companies, responsible for approximately 188,000 jobs, we are the people who build, remodel and maintain homes. We create economic opportunity and strong communities. BIAW champions the rights of our members and fights for affordable homeownership at all levels of government.

BIAW MANAGEMENT Executive Vice President Greg Lane Education and Workforce Development Director Al Audette Communications Director Janelle Guthrie Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh Finance and Human Resources Director Stephen Hyer ROII Director Jenn Kavanaugh Association Services Director Brenda Kwieciak

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General Counsel Jackson Maynard BUILDING INSIGHT EDITORIAL STAFF Communications Director Janelle Guthrie


BIAW offers new contract templates

Contract Subscription Service for builder members launches in early March

Here we go again: Legislative session preview The Legislature convened on Jan. 10, 2022 for the start of the 60-day legislative session

Meet your senior officers BIAW's leadership in 2022

Communications Manager Bailee Wicks Layout and Design Lena Anderson


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Master Builders Pierce pumps $5K into local workforce Partnership aims to strengthen the future workforce and shorten the labor shortage gap

New year, new classes BIAW classes get you closer to your industry-related goals january 2022


President’s message Happy New Year and welcome to 2022! BIAW is the largest trade association in Washington with a deep history of leadership and advocacy for our members and those we serve. Now it’s time to take on the future. As your 2022 President, I will lead with a laser focus on that future and together we’ll get it done! Coming into 2022, I have four main goals I hope to achieve with you. n Supporting small businesses n Encouraging equality n Developing our future workforce n Improving affordable access to the homes we build

Joseph Irons CAPS, CGP, CGR, CMG, GMR, BIAW Certified Builder

Those of you who know me know, I don’t just talk the talk. I walk the walk. I’ll continue to build and nurture relationships with members, colleagues and leaders from across the state and across the political spectrum to support our work to build the American dream for all families across Washington. We need to continue to be leaders, innovate and define our destiny. We need to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against. We must be part of the solution with proven home building experts at the table proactively planning for our future.


Supporting small business

As builders and remodelers, and especially as associates, we all run small businesses in Washington. When legislators throw up road blocks to home building and small business operations, it’s a direct hit to all of us. We all know the challenges of running small businesses. Let’s continue working together to tell our stories and bond with other small businesses to keep small businesses thriving.

Encouraging equality

In September 2021, Irons Brothers helped support a job fair at the Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center. With a broad spectrum of ethnic diversity, Seattle Central College is a great place to encourage people of all backgrounds to launch a career in construction. A majority of my trade partners—and I’m sure many of yours—are from diverse backgrounds. We must continue to help employees and our small business members thrive, especially those new to the industry, by continuing our commitment to diversifying our workforce and supporting each other.

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Broader representation brings better representation.

Improving affordable access to the homes we build

All of these goals point to our one overarching goal: Supporting access to homes people can afford. We know how important home ownership is to developing communities, building generational wealth and providing opportunities. Yet, home ownership rates are declining—especially for younger populations and minorities. Our work to keep home ownership affordable makes our state a better place for everyone.

Irons Brothers holds an annual birdhouse building event to help children learn about building.

Encouraging equality is more than diversifying our workforce. It’s encouraging more equality between builders, remodelers and associates. It’s welcoming all types of builders from custom home builders to green builders. It’s including all parts of Washington. It’s attracting more women to our industry. It’s inviting more associates to join our ranks.

I'm here for you This year, I will be present and show up for you as I always have. Please invite me to your events! I look forward to seeing you and having fun with you and your members. You may find my wife and two daughters in tow for a family date night, but I am real and I will show up and fight for our builders, remodelers and associates and what we believe in. I’m ready to get **it** done.

Broader representation brings better representation.

Developing our future workforce

Workforce development has been gaining momentum at BIAW and across the nation. We need to build on this momentum and continue to promote the construction industry as a respected profession. This ties directly into our commitment to small businesses and equality. As one of the most accessible industries, with no college degree required and the chance to make a solid living for yourself and your family, now is our time. As we cultivate young professionals, we can help them achieve the next level of professionalism as part of our Certified Builder program. As BIAW's second Certified Builder, I’m proud of this designation and the professionalism it conveys. My wife, Melissa, recently joined the ranks of BIAW's Certified Builder program, making us the first husband and wife to both earn this honor. We were proud to assist in developing a new video explaining to customers why certified builders “measure up.” We hope to see exponential growth in this program in the year to come.

BIAW President Joseph Irons and wife Melissa strike a pose during filming of BIAW's promotional video for the Certified Builder program.

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Executive Vice President’s message I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday season. Frankly, however, I couldn’t be more excited to see the calendar turn and start the new year. While our industry successfully navigated many challenges in 2021—an anti-housing governor and Legislature; unprecedented supply-chain delays; skyrocketing increases in materials costs; labor shortages; and the continued pandemic—to thrive, I am hopeful we’ll begin to see improvements in 2022. One reason I am confident is that BIAW once again has outstanding leadership in 2022. Building upon the exemplar senior officers who successfully guided the organization through the pandemic the past two years, this year’s officers, led by 2022 President Joseph Irons, are engaged and focused on serving our members.

Greg Lane

Executive Vice President

Legislative session While I am optimistic about 2022 in general, unfortunately, I can’t say I have much hope regarding the Legislature, in particular. The 60day legislative session opened on Jan. 10. The BIAW advocacy team, led by Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh, is offering bills to reform permit deadlines and increase the exposure for careers in residential construction in schools. BIAW’s policy goals are simple: promote or oppose legislation to ensure more Washington residents have access to homes they can afford. Like last year, much of BIAW’s time will be spent on killing anti-housing legislation from legislators in the majority, proposals that only increase the cost of housing for everyone. The Legislature has also made the disappointing decision to proceed with a virtual session once again. Like last session, lawmakers will greatly limit the public’s access to them and ability to participate in the legislative process. So, it is more important than ever that BIAW members engage and participate on legislation critical to our industry. Please follow the weekly email updates in the Lawmaker Review and sign up to testify or just support or oppose bills as they move through the legislative process. It’s important for voices from our industry to be heard! BIAW’s new service provides you access to contracts BIAW will be launching a terrific new service on Mar. 1, one that many members have inquired about for the past few years—access to contracts that can be customized for use in their businesses. The two-year subscription, available only to BIAW builder members for a reasonable fee, will give subscribers access to nine of the most common and requested contracts for builders and remodelers, along with written instructions and video training on how to use each template. For a sneak peek of the construction contracts hub, attend the BIAW winter board meeting in Olympia. Winter board meeting Join us as we host our first meeting of 2022—Feb. 21-23 at the Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake (formerly Hotel RL). I hope to see you all there!


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Legal Update

BIAW Contract Subscription Service offers contract templates for builders by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

BIAW will launch its new Contract Subscription Service for builder members in early March, saving builders and remodelers potentially thousands of dollars in legal expenses. The BIAW Contract Subscription Service will include over two dozen of the most common contracts builders, remodelers and subcontractors might need. They’ll also find addenda to support those contracts, as well as detailed instructions and video training.

If used properly, these contracts will benefit those who are new to the industry, as well as seasoned contractors with decades of experience wanting to make sure their contracts are up to date and reflecting any recent changes in law.

“We’ve designed the BIAW Contract Subscription Service to address virtually any situation a contractor might experience,” said BIAW General Counsel Jackson Maynard. “If used properly, these contracts will benefit those who are new to the industry, as well as seasoned contractors with decades of experience wanting to make sure their contracts are up to date and reflecting any recent changes in law.” Working with private attorneys to develop and review contracts can cost builders and their associates hundreds of dollars an hour.

BIAW builder members get unlimited access to the new suite of contract templates for only $399 for a two-year subscription. The subscription fee helps BIAW recoup the costs of biennial legal review and updates as well as specialized training and the web hosting necessary to provide the templates as a members-only offering. “Having a lawyer review or draft up your contracts for you could easily be three to four times as much,” Maynard said. BIAW contracted with Phillips Burgess, LLC, a local law firm specializing in land use and environmental law, real estate and business. US News recently ranked Phillips Burgess among its 2022 Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in two practice areas nationally and in four practice areas regionally. Included in the subscription fee, members will receive written instructions and video training on how to use each template. They will also have access to regular live trainings with the attorneys from Phillips Burgess, PLLC , who developed the template suite. BIAW legal staff will also be available to answer questions with more complex questions referred to attorneys at Phillips Burgess. “We generally receive multiple calls a month from executive officers and members in general asking for these resources to help protect themselves and their businesses,” Maynard added. “We are excited to offer this exclusive members-only content.” The BIAW board of directors will get a special preview of the new BIAW Contract Subscription Service at the winter board meeting next month.

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Meet Your New Executive Officers

New Executive Officers bring expertise and wisdom by Bailee Wicks Communication Manager

Two local home building associations welcomed new executive officers this year. Both bring unique expertise and fresh perspectives to their new roles.

With three decades of operations management, revenue management, sales and marketing experience as an executive vice president/chief operating officer, Randall spent much of his career handling company operations, driving performance and managing partner relations. He joins the Kitsap Building Association (KBA) after working at the Dow Hotel Company since 2001 in various corporate positions, including implementing effective marketing and operations programs. He looks forward to applying this experience and corporate knowledge. “I am excited to start a new career,” King said. “The support I am receiving from the KBA board and staff is remarkable. Everywhere I turn I am getting help. BIAW support is unbelievable as well as help from NAHB. All this helps me hit the ground running and achieve the goals of KBA at a quicker pace.” King previously held operations, sales and marketing positions at Marriott International, Montclair Hospitality, Interstate Hotels and Resorts and American General Hospitality. His general management experience includes the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, the Nordic Hills Resort, Embassy Suites Chicago–O’Hare/Rosemont and other high-profile properties. A Michigan native, King holds a B.S. in Business from Western Michigan University. He is active in many industry organizations. King enjoys boating, cooking and collecting fine wine. Randall joined KBA on Nov. 15, 2021.

Randall King, Executive Officer Kitsap Building Association


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King replaces Russ Shiplet who left KBA in late October to take a new role as executive director at the Kitsap Public Facilities District.

Jessie Gamble, Executive Officer Master Builders Pierce County

Hired in February 2018 by the Master Builders of Pierce County, Jessie began her career in the building industry in the association’s government affairs department. Through the last four years, Jessie has advocated on behalf of Master Builders members, fostered relationships with elected officials and jurisdictional staff leaders and worked with local leaders as well as community stakeholders to craft policy that will benefit attainable housing issues. She also expanded the government affairs department to encompass workforce development endeavors and community partnerships, including a relationship with the Pierce County Skills Center and the sponsorship of a Habitat for Humanity home. Gamble was appointed interim executive officer in July 2021 and was hired for the role in January 2022. Through government affairs, community partnership and interim experience gained, Jessie looks forward to advancing the Master Builders to new heights and championing every facet of the association.

I am eager to continue building strong community partnerships, maintaining impactful advocacy work, encouraging member-to-member connections as well as business relations, and really getting to know all facets of our membership.

“I am excited to serve the Master Builders of Pierce County as the Executive Officer,” Gamble said. “From my first day working at the Master Builders, I have had the opportunity to learn from intelligent and passionate members of our association. Their passion fueled me to develop my own strong sense of purpose and love for the building industry. “The support and guidance I have received from members, staff, BIAW and NAHB these last four years working for the association has been an incredibly helpful,” she said. “I am eager to continue building strong community partnerships, maintaining impactful advocacy work, encouraging member-to-member connections as well as business relations, and really getting to know all facets of our membership.” Gamble holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington and resides in her hometown of Carbonado, located in northern Pierce County. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, backpacking, hunting and fishing. She is training to summit Mt. Rainier and studying to become an apprentice falconer. Gamble fills the role previously held by Jeremiah LaFranca who left Master Builders Pierce County earlier last year and moved to Utah with his family.

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Session Sneak Preview

Here we go again: legislative session preview by Jan Himebaugh Government Affairs Director

The Legislature convened on Jan. 10, 2022 for the start of the 60-day legislative session. Because this is the second year of the biennium, bills introduced last year will be reintroduced and retained in their present state. With the Omicron variant wreaking havoc across the state, the Legislature has once again decided to dramatically limit access.


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The Senate plans to hold virtual committee meetings and floor action. They will allow in-person meetings with members in their offices with up to three visitors. The House plans to hold virtual committee meetings and floor action as well. They will not allow any inperson meetings in member offices. Both claim they will reevaluate throughout session.

New political faces

You’ll see some new members of the state Senate when the Legislature convenes in January. Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) was recently appointed Secretary of State, Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma) left for a job with the Department of Corrections and sadly, Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) passed away in mid-December. Yasmin Trudeau (D-Tacoma), the former legislative liaison for Attorney General Ferguson, was selected as Darneille’s replacement earlier this month. Hobbs’ replacement is John Lovick (D-Mill Creek), who moved up from his house seat to the Senate. His seat was then filled by Brandy Donaghy (D-Everett). Ericksen’s death has shocked the legislative community and his replacement has yet to be appointed. The appointment of Sen. Hobbs as Secretary of State promises to shake up the political dynamics in the Senate. Last year, he was part of a coalition of four Democrats and the Republican Caucus who helped block a number of bad bills. Business groups may no longer have this potential backstop.

Budget and taxes

State budget revenues and surpluses continue to climb to all-time highs thanks to a combination of expectation-beating retail sales and an influx of federal dollars. Republican budget writers want to use the influx of dollars for property tax relief. Democratic budget writers have expressed concerns with reducing taxes or locking in new spending programs and would prefer instead to make one-time investments. Overall, projected revenues have increased by $3.6 billion for the current biennium and $4.1 billion for the next over what was forecasted in March 2021.

Environmental and land use issues

The 2022 session will see another round of aggressive environmental proposals. Inslee has rolled out his carbon and environmental agenda that will directly target home affordability. This includes banning natural gas in new construction, allowing local governments to adopt a “stretch” energy code, and requiring all new construction be net-zero ready by 2034.

Multiple proposals last year to revise the Growth Management Act appeared set to pass only to falter late in the Senate. The departure of Sen. Hobbs could see the passage of proposals to require tribal consultation, include climate change mitigation as part of local governments’ comprehensive plans and include salmon recovery as an element as well. In addition, Inslee has request-legislation to increase funding to address homelessness and to increase “middle housing” by eliminating single-family zoning. All this, while continuing to do nothing to reduce the costs of construction or timelines around permitting, allowing more families to be priced out of home ownership.

Homeownership priorities

Once again, BIAW will focus on legislation to ensure Washington residents have access to homes they can afford by reducing timelines and costs in construction. Permit timeline reform Local governments need to start saying yes to permits in a reasonable time and without the constant back and forth of permit corrections. No matter what the underlying zoning says, if a builder can’t get a permit approved, nothing gets built. Eliminate repeat planning Let’s get housing built where we’ve planned for housing. It’s time to stop repeating planning when a project already meets pre-approved environmental requirements. This only adds costs and delays to the final construction of a housing unit. Invest in the future workforce Builders have long been suffering with a shortage of workers to fill good family wage jobs. One way to address this is to make sure high school students know all the high school diploma pathways available, including residential construction. Fee reform The amount of fees paid for new home construction continues to make housing more unaffordable. You can’t make housing more affordable by making it more expensive. It’s time to limit the fees assessed on new construction to the cost of processing the permit. Again you can't make housing more affordable by making it more expensive.

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2022 Senior Officers

Meet your 2022 senior officers by Bailee Wicks Communication Manager

President Joseph Irons, CAPS, CGP, CGR, GMB, GMR, Certified Builder Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS)

Joseph Irons has been a leader at his local association 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 the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers Board of Trustees and served as BIAW’s representative to NAHB’s executive board. A BIAW Certified Builder and Graduate Master Remodeler, Irons shares his experiences as a published author and accredited educator. The NAHB Young Professional of the Year for Region E in 2018, his company has won the Remodeler of the Year award multiple times at both the local and state levels. Outside of work, Irons dedicates his time, talent and resources to his community as a regular participant in both MBAKS’ Rampathon, helping build ramps for people who need them, and Painting a Better Tomorrow, painting non-profit buildings and structures.

First Vice President Gary Wray Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA)

A member since 1998, Gary Wray of Laser Construction and Development 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 was chair of the Legislative Policy Committee in 2015-2016 and participates in the Washington Affordable Housing Council. In his community, Wray chairs the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Island County where he’s been a board member since 2008. He is also a member of Hearts and Hammers, a local non-profit organization that helps repair and rehabilitate homes of those who are physically or financially unable to do the work alone.


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Second Vice President Ryan Moore Central Washington Home Builders Association (CWHBA)

Born and raised in Eastern Washington, Ryan Moore is a commercial insurance advisor for HUB International NW, LLC. He started his career with Conover Insurance in 2006. Prior to serving as BIAW secretary, Ryan served as a local and state director for the CWHBA, as well as secretary/treasurer and chair of its Finance Committee. His active participation in leadership and in his community has earned him awards from both CWHBA and BIAW.

Treasurer Jay Roberts, CGP, CGB, Certified Builder Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA) Central Washington Home Building Association (CWHBA)

Jay Roberts, vice president of Cascade Custom Homes and Design, Inc., is the father of three wonderful ladies, husband of an amazing wife and proud son of the best parents. A BIAW Certified Builder, Jay is a state director and past president of SICBA where he has been a member since 2001. He serves on the BIAW Workforce Development Taskforce and Member Services Corporation. He is also vice chair of the Legislative Policy Committee and past chair of the Local Area Presidents Council. A proud Husky, Jay is involved in his community and is a member of the Public Stadium Authority Board for Lumen Field and Event Center. Secretary Luellen Smith Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS)

Luellen Smith is owner/partner of Rhino Wine Cellars & Cooling Systems with her husband, Doug. She served as MBAKS 2020 & 2021 board secretary and chaired the Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council, Remodeling Excellence Awards, and Membership & Retention Committees for MBAKS. She also was the 2021 Spike Party chair for BIAW. Luellen is an active member of NAHB, serving as Remodelers Trustee and PWB Trustee. She was named NAHB Remodelers Outstanding Associate Member 2017, NAHB PWB member of the Year in 2018, and MBAKS Associate of the Year 2021. For over 30 years, Smith has also served in various leadership roles for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity.

Immediate Past President Tracy Doriot, Certified Builder Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIACC)

BIAW Builder of the Year in 2020, Tracy Doriot has been in the home building business since 1981 and joined BIACC in 2007. He served as BIACC president in 2010 and again in 2016. Doriot, a BIAW Certified Builder, has received numerous Parade of Homes awards for his custom home designs, including Best Kitchen, Best Architecture and Best of Show. Doriot has served on the Cascadia Technical Construction Technology Advisory Committee since 1996, serving as chair of the board since 2019. He was recently named to the Workforce Southwest Washington board of directors. january 2022


ROII Enrollment Update

ROII by the numbers by Jenn Kavanaugh ROII Director

ROII’s 2022 re-enrollment period is underway, and all of us here at ROII want to thank you for your continued commitment to safety. The numbers speak for themselves: we’re looking at another solid year with fantastic refunds! Transparency is fundamental Transparency is a fundamental value here at ROII. We strive to be upfront and honest about our refunds, services and the work it takes to help keep your workers safe and protect your bottom line. As you receive emails and marketing from other retro groups over the next few months, please remember that predicting or projecting refunds on open plan years is not upfront or honest. Many groups live or die by their first adjustment percentage. But, as you know, it’s all about how you finish. Retro groups don’t know their refund or their participants’ refunds until the third and final adjustment. The charts on the next page show other group refund performance numbers compared to ROII’s from first adjustment to final adjustment. These charts will show you if the group has a trend of losing refunds from the first to final adjustment, and ultimately how they finished the year.

Partnering with you to help prevent injuries While refunds are important, so are the services a group provides. The goal of ROII is to help every participant maximize their potential refund by partnering with you to prevent injuries, keep your employees working and protect your bottom line. We go beyond just claim assistance and focus our services on safety and prevention. That’s why we have statewide field reps that help companies find simple ways to avoid injuries. It’s also why we have litigation services and will fight erroneous decisions by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) when our group interests are aligned with our members. For us, it’s more than just refunds. It’s about how we can help you, our ROII participant. Competition makes ROII better, and I’m glad that our participants have an opportunity to evaluate our program every year and decide what is best for them. We value your membership, and I hope that ROII will earn your business for another year. I know this is a lot of information. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have at (360) 352-7800 ext. 132 or jennk@biaw.com.

Not already an ROII participant and want to be rewarded for safety in your workplace? Join the crowd—by joining the state’s largest, longest-operating Retro (Retrospective Rating) safety incentive program: ROII. Get started at Roii.com or email enroll@roii.com.


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*Refund data is provided by L&I but may not include manual adjustments done after the published reports.

Don’t see your retro group? Visit ROII.com and fill out our online inquiry to receive your email comparison. You can find all retro performance information on L&I's website below: https://lni.wa.gov/insurance/_docs/NetAdjustJulyGroups-20210428.pdf

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ROII Safety Services

Winter weather brings new snow & 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 to their list of customer service items that can expose employees to hazardous working conditions. Roof and awning snow removal and gutter maintenance are just a few of the services offered by companies this time of year. It is important that employers train employees to safely perform these types of services. Avoid snow-covered roofs Looking for alternatives to accessing snow-covered roofs is always your best option; establishing fall protection on snowy roofs can be very challenging, if not impossible. Workers also risk falling through rotten or unstable underlayments and hidden skylights. Revisit ladder safety It’s always wise to revisit ladder safety during company meetings. Falls from ladder-footing kick-outs during muddy or icy ground conditions can generate injuries to your already hard-to-find workforce. Employers should remind employees to secure ladders at the top and bottom under these types of conditions. They should also inspect ladders for ice buildup and cracked or bent rungs.


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Employers should document any training and keep it in the file. Should an employee fall and be hospitalized (or worse), Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)—Division of Occupational Safety (DOSH) and Health investigators will ask for this documentation. Whenever possible, use methods to clear ice and snow that don’t require workers on a roof, such as applying de-icing from a ladder or using snow rakes and drag lines from the ground. All of these mitigate risk significantly. Keep in mind there have been cases where workers on ladders, dragging snow from roofs, have been swept off by large amounts of snow shifting, only to be seriously injured and, in certain cases, trapped under the snow, causing suffocation. Low-hanging power lines from ice buildup in many residential applications should also be on the safety checklist. Workers and any equipment should always be at least 10 feet away from any energized lines at all times. Plan ahead While winter conditions can add an elevated risk to these work activities, a little thought and planning before employees head out from the shop can help avoid expensive workers' comp claims and loss of valued employees.

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Cold temperatures and increased wind speed cause heat to leave the body more quickly, putting workers at risk for cold stress. Be sure workers take time for breaks to warm up at regular intervals and drink warm fluids. ROII members receive monthly and weekly safety materials. If you’re an ROII member who doesn’t receive the monthly or weekly email and you would like to receive this service, send your name, company name, and email address to bobw@biaw.com. Not an ROII participant? Learn more at roii.com.

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A New Partnership Begins

Master Builders Pierce pumps $5K into local workforce by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

The Master Builders Association of Pierce County donated $5,000 to the Pierce County Skills Center (PCSC) to kick-start a partnership that benefits local students enrolled in the school’s construction trades program.

community service opportunities, and internships all prepare PCSC students to successfully enter the pipeline to high wage, high demand construction careers in Pierce County,” Ledbetter said.

By 2028, more than 1 million

This partnership aims skilled trades professionals will to strengthen the future workforce and be needed in the residential shorten the labor construction industry. shortage gap. PCSC offers career and technical education programs and The top 25% in most construction serves 10 school districts in Pierce trades professions earn at least County. $60,000 annually in Washington state. By 2028, more than 1 Master Builders Pierce members million skilled trades professionals support PSCS’s Construction will be needed in the residential Trades curriculum by donating construction industry. Virtually all excess tools and supplies upon skilled trades professions are in graduation, attending job fairs and high demand, including carpentry, connecting students to internship plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roofing and job opportunities. and painting. Director of the Pierce County Skills The current labor shortage Center Michelle Ledbetter gives translates into higher housing Master Builders Pierce staff and costs, increased home prices, members credit for elevating the difficulty completing projects on program. time and lower economic growth. “Donations, guest presenters, joint


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A 2020 survey of builders by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported that 85% of builders expected to face serious challenges regarding the cost and availability of labor in the coming year. Master Builders Pierce continues to support students pursuing a career in construction through their scholarship program. “Through the PSCS partnership, we expect to funnel even more support directly to students in the trades program,” said 2021 Master Builders President Corey Watson. Thank you, Master Builders for your persistent work and ongoing partnerships to support the residential construction industry. For more information on the PSCS partnership, contact Master Builders Pierce at (253) 2722112. If you have any questions or interest in BIAW’s workforce development efforts, please contact Education and Workforce Development Director Al Audette at (360) 352-7800 ext. 105 or ala@biaw.com.

Certified Builders Measure Up

Meet our newest Certified Builders by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

Traci Tenhulzen began her career in the building industry as owner and manager of a safety training and consultation company, Safety Resource, from 1998 to 2007. At that time, Tenhulzen’s company was the only nationally certified womanowned business in the Northwest. After having her son, Matthew, Traci sold Safety Resource and started a new journey with her husband, Mike. They now run Tenhulzen Residential, a design/build residential remodeling firm in

Woodinville. The company has won the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE), Award twice. A member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties since 1998, Tenhulzen plans to lead as president in 2023. Tenhulzen’s achievements go beyond the building industry. She climbed Mount Rainier to Columbia Crest, the true summit, twice and was a rafting guide for 16 years with NW River Riders. In 2020, Tenhulzen completed her Master’s Degree in Business and Human Resources from Southern New Hampshire University with honors.

Justin Schuder and his wife Mandy founded J&M Remodel in 2008. Having a vast knowledge of all things building and mechanical, Schuder knew the trades were a fit from an early age. While attending Washington State University, he took side jobs working with his hands, while majoring in Business and later, Hotel and Restaurant Management. This forward-facing skill set enabled Schuder to bring a friendly, customer serviceoriented, aspect to his work in the trades.

incorporating, J&M Remodel hired its first employee. Fast forward to today: they have a crew of 15 full-time employees they say are “truly part of the family.”

Starting small, with Justin in the field and Mandy in the office, J&M hit the streets of their West Seattle neighborhood handing out flyers and offering the services of their new company to neighbors. Quickly the calls came in, and within a few months of

While they pour a lot into J & M Remodel, Justin and Mandy live an active lifestyle with their school-age children, including travel, boating and skiing, when not running to and from various sports and activities.

The focus of J & M Remodel has shifted over the years to large, whole home renovation projects, often brought to them through their network of trusted architects and designers. J & M has received awards from both the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties and BIAW for excellence in remodeling. They are excited about becoming a BIAW Certified Builder, as they continue to stay educated and on top of current and upcoming building trends and practices within the industry.

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Upcoming Classes Released

New year, new classes New year, new education goals. Many people start the new year with resolutions and we are here to help you reach them. No, we can’t make you go to the gym or help you eat better, but we can get you on track for a safe and accomplished year in 2022. Here are some classes that will get you closer to your industry-related goals. To register and attend, go to BIAW.com/classes.

Certified Lead Renovator - Refresher Saturday, Jan. 22 North Peninsula Building Association 31 My Way, Sequim, WA 98382 In-person: 8 AM - 3 PM

Competent Person: Fall Protection Tuesday, Jan. 25 Online: 8 AM - 12 PM

JANUARY Online CESCL Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead Wednesday, Jan. 19 & Thursday, Jan. 20 Online: 8 AM - 5 PM

Competent Person: Trenching & Excavation Wednesday, Jan. 19 Online: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Online CESCL Recertification Friday, Jan. 21 Online: 8 AM - 5 PM

NEW | Master Google My Business Tuesday, Jan. 25 Online: 9 AM - 10:30 AM

L & I Safety Compliance and New Accident Prevention Plan Wednesday, Jan. 26 BIA of Clark County 103 E 29th Street, Vancouver, WA 98663 In-person: 8 AM - 5 PM

L & I Safety Compliance and New Accident Prevention Plan Thursday, Jan. 27 BIAW 300 Deschutes Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501 In-person: 8 AM - 5 PM

Certified Lead Renovator - Initial Saturday, Jan. 22 North Peninsula Building Association 31 My Way, Sequim, WA 98382 In-person: 8 AM - 5 PM


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Occupational Health & Safety Course: Respiratory Protection Friday, Jan. 28 Online: 9 AM - 11 AM


Your Marketing Strategy Blueprint: Start with a plan to succeed Thursday, Feb. 17

Competent Person: Residential Fall Protection Wednesday, Feb. 2

Online: 1 PM - 2:30 PM

BIA of Clark County 103 E 29th Street, Vancouver, WA 98663 In-person: 8 AM - 2 PM

Fall Protection Awareness/Ladder Safety ROII Sponsored Monday, Feb. 21 Online: 8 AM - 12 PM

Occupational Health & Safety Course: Noise Exposure Tuesday, Feb. 8 Online: 9 AM - 11 PM

Certified Lead Renovator - Refresher Thursday, Feb. 24 BIA of Whatcom County 1650 Baker Creek Place, Bellingham, WA 98226

Online CESCL Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead Tuesday, Feb. 8 & Wednesday, Feb. 9

In-person: 8 AM - 3 PM

Online: 8 AM - 5 PM

Certified Lead Renovator - Initial Thursday, Feb. 24

Online CESCL Recertification Thursday, Feb. 10

BIA of Whatcom County 1650 Baker Creek Place, Bellingham, WA 98226 In-person: 8 AM - 5 PM

Online: 8 AM - 5 PM

Anticipating Business and Legal Risks Through Preventive Law Tuesday, Feb. 15 Online: 9 AM - 10:15 AM

MARCH Preventive Law Pro-Tips: Your Contracts & You Thursday, March 10 Online: 1 PM - 2:15 PM

Certified Lead Renovator - Refresher Wednesday, Feb. 16 MBA of Pierce County 3711 Center Street, Tacoma, WA 98409 In-person: 8 AM - 3 PM

Certified Lead Renovator - Initial Wednesday, Feb. 16

For more information on classes, visit BIAW.com/classes or contact BIAW Certification and Education Manager Hillary Vanatta at (360) 352-7800 ext. 106 or hillaryv@biaw.com.

MBA of Pierce County 3711 Center Street, Tacoma, WA 98409 In-person: 8 AM - 5 PM

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Local Happenings



[1] Congratulations to the team at Brett Lott Homes for winning first place in the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities’ gingerbread contest. Not only creative, it accurately depicts the state's current housing market. [2] Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties power trio at the MBAKS annual gala and awards night: 2021 Remodelers Chair Jennifer VanderBeken, Sandy McAdams Professional Women in Building (PWB) Award Winner Melissa Irons and PWB Chair Kimberley Martin. 3

[3] Home Builders Association of TriCities executive officer Jeff Losey (l) donates $1,500 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on behalf of HBATC People's Favorite Chef of Parade winner, Taqueria Chilisco.


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[4] (l to r) BIAW President Joseph Irons, First Vice President Gary Wray and ROII Marketing Field Representative Jan Rohila enjoy the festivities during the Skagit/ Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA) Christmas party and installation banquet held on Dec. 15.


[5] BIAW Past President Rick Hjelm of Phase II General Contractor and his wife Lynda, pose with Chris and Ann Lockhart of AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet Corp. at the Master Builders Pierce President’s Gala on Dec. 9.

[6] BIAW President Joseph Irons administers the oath of office to SICBA 2022 President Curtis Banta at the SICBA Christmas party and installation banquet.



[7] BIAW Executive Vice President Greg Lane presents Building Industry Association of Whatcom County’s Membership Monopoly membership drive prizes to BIAWC membership director Angie Brionez at BIAWC's installation luncheon on Dec. 15.


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FEBRUARY 21-23 Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake (formerly Hotel RL)

Save the Date!

“You're Not on Mute Anymore” An IRL Social Hour Tuesday | Feb. 22 | 6-7pm | Open to all attendees

Miss seeing people IRL (in real life)? It’s been a couple of years since we met in person in Olympia! Join us for conversation, appetizers and beverages. All meeting attendees are welcome to attend.

Legislative Reception: Hammers & Highballs

Tuesday | Feb. 22 | 7-9:30 pm | Open to all attendees

Here’s your chance to visit with new legislators as well as established leadership. Visit your lawmakers one-on-one and discuss policy decisions that impact you, your employees and your business.

n Welcome new board members! n Get behind-the-scenes legislative updates n Preview the new contract subscription service For more information visit:


Building Industry Association of Washington 300 Deschutes Way SW, Ste. 300 | Tumwater, WA 98501 (360) 352-7800 | BIAW.com |

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