June 2022 Building Insight

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Table of contents On the Cover: Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties member Nip Tuck Remodeling’s entry, Summer Magic, wins in the Kitchen Over $140,001 category in this year’s BIAW Excellence In Remodeling competition.

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


BIAW’s Second Vice President and Associate Advisory Council Chair knows a few things about membership and recruitment

Finance and Human Resources Director Stephen Hyer ROII Director Jenn Kavanaugh Association Services Director Brenda Kwieciak


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

ROII participants have 33 million reasons to celebrate ROII returns over $33 million to companies that have chosen to make safety a priority


Longtime green builder builds energy efficiency with ease Martha Rose believes builders can construct net-zero homes in the same price range as other market-rate housing

Layout and Design Lena Anderson To submit editorial or advertise, contact communications@biaw.com.

BIAW leader Ryan Moore on membership and mission


Spokane Home Builders Association President becomes Certified Builder Corey Condron has the knowledge he needs to deliver the high-quality homes he promises

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President’s message We just enjoyed a successful BIAW summer board meeting at the Skamania Lodge where we celebrated our 2022 Excellence in Remodeling Award winners, raised money for BUILD-PAC to support pro-housing candidates in Congress and enjoyed a fun Spike Party. We also got down to business with reports from our NAHB chief lobbyist and other NAHB guests as well as updates on state business. Here are a few highlights from my president’s report. Workforce development Many of us are still struggling with a skilled labor shortage. That’s why I made workforce development one of my top priorities for 2022—and many of you have, too.

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

Throughout the first half of the year: n Central Washington Home Builders Association and Building Industry Association of Clark County both held Dozer Day events to share our work with the youngest generations. n Kitsap Building Association’s Tractors & Tikes, sponsored by Bob Disney, was a similarly great opportunity for kids to experience the trades. n Spokane Home Builders Association recently held its “Frame Your Future” event where students from Mead High School joined local builders for a two-day build. n Master Builders Association of Pierce County also just held a signing day at the Pierce County Skills Center, where they’d recently been named Business Partner of the Year. That’s just a round-up of major events. We’ll have more to come in the second half of the year. Small business and industry support Supporting small businesses and our industry were two other priorities coming into 2022. The BIAW Certified Builder program supports both small businesses and our industry, giving builders and remodelers a chance to rise above the competition. I’ve been encouraging fellow builders to join this program and we’ve already added more Certified Builders in the first four months of this year than we did all last year. Shout out to my local, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, for leading the way! And speaking of leading the way, BIAW has really led the way when it comes to fighting for our rights. We’re proud to welcome Daimon Doyle from the Olympia Master Builders as our new representative on the state building code council. It’s just too bad we had to sue the governor to make that happen! There’s so much more to share but these are just a few highlights from this year. As I travel around to state and national meetings, I’m excited to see so many younger professionals joining our more senior members in supporting our industry. I’m proud to be your leader and can’t wait to visit more associations in the upcoming months!


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Associate Spotlight

BIAW leader Ryan Moore on membership and mission by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

When BIAW Second Vice President Ryan Moore advises fellow associate members to get involved, he walks the walk. Moore has been a leader at his local association, the Central Washington Home Builders Association (CWHBA), since the moment he joined the group. “I was invited to a board meeting by the executive officer to check it out and see what the group was all about,” Moore recalls. “At my first meeting, I was elected secretary and I’ve been on the CWHBA executive committee ever since.”

Bringing new members into the association As Second Vice President and Associate Advisory Council Chair, Moore knows a few things about membership and recruitment. On his path to second vice president, he served as Spike Party chair then BIAW membership committee chair and secretary. He’s earned 105 Spike credits, generally recruiting fellow associate members because he can speak to the experience. “Depending on your industry, membership can be really good for business,” Moore said. “Members do business with members.”

Building relationships A commercial insurance advisor for HUB But while Moore has earned business from other International, Moore started his career in the CWHBA members, he warns that those relationships insurance industry at Conover Insurance in 2016. are not guaranteed. Prior to that, he worked in sales and marketing in the “I recommend people get involved and differentiate agricultural industry after graduating from Central themselves from others,” Moore said. “Getting Washington University with a major in business business is a perk of administration and a membership but it’s not minor in marketing. the purpose. You can’t Depending on your industry,

Conover was already a membership can be really good for come into this thinking long-time member of you’ll have instant leads. business, Moore said. Members do If you do, you’ll be CWHBA when Moore joined as an affiliate disappointed.” business with members. member. He took over Consistent with CWHBA’s as Conover’s representative when another employee tagline, “Stronger by Association,” Moore says his left the company. The company, which was recently membership gives him important insights into the purchased by HUB International, just celebrated 30 industry that better help him serve his business years as a member. clients, primarily construction and trades companies. Good people, good organization As a commercial insurance advisor, Moore found his membership in CWHBA to be a good fit both personally and professionally.

“If I didn’t believe in the mission, I wouldn’t have stayed,” he says.

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Executive Vice President’s message It’s no secret Washington has a housing shortage. In fact, we’re 268,988 housing units below what is needed for our population as of 2020, which means Washington state now ranks last in the country for housing units per household. Over 85% of Washingtonians cannot qualify for a mortgage to purchase a median-priced home and millennials are among the hardest hit. Helping to change the tide BIAW’s Cut the Costs campaign is designed to help millennials understand the hidden costs of housing policy and how they can make a difference. We launched this digital advertising campaign in early April to specifically reach this age demographic on the websites and social media platforms they use.

Greg Lane

Executive Vice President

Digital advertising: Why are we using it? We’re using a combination of digital ads—display ads, search ads, video ads and social media ads—to reach millennials who want to buy a home, but can’t find one they can afford. These ads appear across the Internet, on social media feeds, in search engine results and on websites they visit. BIAW chose digital advertising because it helps us target specific demographics and interest areas. This highly accountable form of advertising allows us to track the audience across various platforms and tie ad effectiveness to real-world results. If our ads don’t meet our goals, we can quickly pivot and replace them with new, more compelling content. Our message and strategy We are working to educate and inform millennial potential homeowners about the increased costs that permit delays, unnecessary regulations and unreasonable zoning policies place on building new homes. We are helping them see how the decisions made by policy makers the last several decades, continuing into today, have resulted in roadblocks to homeownership for their generation. The target audience receives a combination of educational videos, featuring our own millennial-era government affairs staff, and commercial-style videos about the hidden costs and building limitations behind the housing crisis. Then they see static display ads on relevant websites to attract traffic to the CutTheCosts.org landing page. Finally, they see our messaging in internet searches on housing prices and other related topics. Success to date As of June 15, we’ve had more than 5.5 million impressions of our ads and more than 1.48 million views of our videos. Nearly 25,000 people have visited our CutTheCosts.org landing page to learn more and hundreds of them have joined our mailing list. We will continue to build awareness and develop relationships moving forward so we can help them make informed decisions at the ballot box this fall. We want every generation to enjoy the American Dream of owning a home.


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ROII participants have a reason to celebrate by Leah Jaber ROII Marketing Manager

It’s our favorite time of the year—check season! This year, ROII has returned over $33 million to welldeserving companies that have chosen to make safety a priority. In fact, for the 2018-19 plan year, ROII participants earned an average refund of 53%, and over half of our participants will be getting 56% back on their L&I premiums. That means ROII participants are getting more back into their pockets for upgrades, safety equipment, incentives and more. Strengthening the building industry statewide and locally Giving back to the building industry statewide and locally is a top priority for ROII. In 2022, ROII gave over $6 million to BIAW and all 14 local home building associations across the state to continue fighting and growing the building industry.

ROII Enrollment Manager Jessica Bass (l) and ROII Director Jenn Kavanaugh (r) celebrate with 1-800 Water Damage owners Jim and Pam Chiodo at the BIA of Clark County ROII Check event.

What is ROII? ROII is the state’s largest, longest-operating Retro (Retrospective Rating) safety incentive program belonging to BIAW. Our goal here at ROII is simple: eliminate injuries through improvements in workplace safety and preventative strategies. If an employee is injured, we’ll help you help them get better quicker with a successful return-to-work experience. Businesses that participate and share our goal can earn a refund and get some money back on the premiums that they pay to L&I. Getting Started with ROII Although you may have missed the July enrollment period, ROII’s October quarterly enrollment period is now open—October enrollment provides coverage from October 1st, 2022, through June 30th, 2023. To get started and find out if ROII is a good fit for your company, go to roii.com or contact us at (360) 352-7800 or enroll@roii.com.

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BIAW education meets builders’ needs by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

BIAW is building on its commitment to providing award-winning education that builds and supports a strong and safe workforce in the trades with new classes and new partnerships.

Check out the list of upcoming classes or visit BIAW. com/program/education to find more classes to help train your employees for success. Dunn Lumber offers training for our trade BIAW is excited to announce a new partnership with Dunn Lumber to bring members a library of content based on Dunn Lumber’s 100+ years in the industry. From framing and insulation to materials reviews and how-to tips, Dunn Lumber’s content helps members—from carpenters to general contractors to building professionals—with trusted advice to build confidence on the job site. Dunn Lumber has an array of podcasts, articles and videos on nuts and bolts topics like: n What to know about cabinet installation

BIAW blueprint reading class fills unmet need When BIAW Certified Builders met in Olympia earlier this year to take a test drive of the new BIAW Contract Subscription Service, Olympia Master Builders member John Erwin bemoaned the lack of basic blueprinting reading skills among workers today. BIAW listened and quickly built out an in-person blueprint reading class in response. More than 15 builders and their employees gathered in the BIAW Conference and Training Center on June 16 to participate. That’s just one example of how BIAW responds to the needs of its members. If you have any ideas for an education class we do not currently offer, contact BIAW Education Manager Andy Arrants at (360) 352-7800 ext. 147 or andya@biaw.com.


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n Installation basics 2.0 for manufactured decking n Work truck organization: How to be productive and professional with your tools They also offer business advice like: n Making the jump from employee to selfemployed n Marketing 101 for contractors n How to provide verification for time and materials as a contractor. Visit our education page at BIAW.com/program/ education and click on the tile for Dunn Solutions to browse on-demand articles and tutorials on products, business management and best practices.

BIAW Classes

The heat is on for BIAW education classes this summer by Andy Arrants Education Manager

With our beautiful Washington summer in full swing, BIAW has classes to help members and their employees advance their knowledge in the construction industry or help them reach their certification goals.

Online CESCL (Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead) Online July 27 - 28

8 AM - 5 PM

CPR, AED and Basic First Aid Training

For more information on classes, visit BIAW.com/classes or contact BIAW Education Manager Andy Arrants at (360) 352-7800 ext. 147 or andya@biaw.com.

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Building Green

Longtime green builder builds energy efficiency with ease by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

Martha Rose has a vision: A future where ALL new homes are healthy to live in and produce as much or more energy than they consume. A board member of the Skagit/ Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA), Rose of Martha Rose Construction says building healthy and energyefficient homes at an affordable cost is not only viable, it’s the right thing to do. And when you visit her job sites, you can see how she does it. Net-zero, solar-powered, livework units Rose lives and works out of one of the homes she built in Abbot’s Alley near downtown SedroWoolley in Skagit County. It’s one of six townhomes that make up her community of solar-powered live-work units. When she started construction of the community, she had a lofty goal: Meet the requirements of the US Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program while building units priced comparably to other entry-level housing in Skagit County. The end result? Six units with Home Energy Rating System scores of -13 for the roughly


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1,800-sq. ft. homes. The homes, equipped with a full solar array already installed, sold for $377,500 in 2019. The project epitomizes Rose’s philosophy and her passion.

The ‘house as a system’ “Forty-five years ago, I believed the Washington State Energy Codes were rigorous enough,” Rose said. “Compared to the East Coast, and even Portland, our state was leading the pack.

“Then, in 2008, I started hanging out with the building scientists and my world opened up,” she continued. “They taught me about thinking of a ‘house as a system.’ This simple concept is the basis for creating affordable, energyefficient housing.” Exploring the trade-offs Rose says that builders can construct net-zero homes in the same price range as other marketrate housing, but they must learn where the trade-offs are. It starts with the design, she says. A central plumbing and mechanical core that allows hot water runs to

loves the idea of an all-electric home. “Skipping the gas saves thousands and eliminates an insidious form of indoor air pollution,” she said. “Going all-electric allows for a truly net-zero home.” She recognizes that the code’s higher insulation values for floors, walls, windows, and roof may increase costs. “But then the fancy heating system goes away,” she says, demonstrating how her homes use ductless mini-splits and cove heaters as simple, efficient heat sources.

The cost to install will be higher, but this one item will improve the health of the occupants, which is priceless.

be very short is a good start, she explained, showing how the design worked in her own downstairs kitchen area. Slab-on-grade In one of her newer projects, Rose demonstrated how slab-on-grade addresses multiple concerns all at once. “Easy, no-step entries are appreciated by parents with kids in strollers, the grandparents, and those in-between,” she said. “Slabs can be really nice finish floors—either stained and sealed or polished. They make it easier to achieve air-tightness. And they’re just healthier for the occupants.” Skipping gas In a departure from most new residential construction, Rose

Embracing HRVs Rose is a big fan of Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) systems, which can replace all other fans in a home and improve overall health, she says. HRVs are ventilation units that continuously replace indoor air with fresh outdoor air. The HRV recovers available heated energy in the winter and recovers cooled energy in the summer if the homeowner has central air conditioning. HRV units help reduce unwanted air pollutants, address high humidity levels and save money on energy costs.

Saving with solar Rose recommends installing a full solar array immediately upon energizing the home, or handing the proposal over to the eventual buyer. “One thing that my experience has taught me, is that buyers really like to buy a home that has solar panels installed,” Rose said. Education over resistance It’s short-sighted to fight evolving energy codes, Rose says. She’d like to see more residential builders learn how to build highperformance homes at market-rate prices instead. “Good energy codes are good for everyone,” Rose said. “We can save energy by insulating our homes better, and we can make a difference for our future. It’s the right thing to do.”

“The cost to install will be higher, but this one item will improve the health of the occupants, which is priceless,” Rose said.

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Excellence in Remodeling Awards

BIAW’s 2022 Excellence in Remodeling winners in attendance show off their hardware during the EIR Awards reception held in conjunction with the BIAW summer board meeting. (l to r) Rick Hjelm, Phase II, Inc.; Tod Sakai, Sockeye Construction Corporation; Melissa and Joseph Irons, Irons Brothers Construction; Traci Tenhulzen, Tenhulzen Residential, LLC; Dave Myllymaki, ReNew Creations; and Andy Hines and Ross Elliott, Hines Homes.

BIAW Excellence in Remodeling Awards celebrate beauty and innovation by BIAW Staff From kitchens to bathrooms to entire homes, the Building Industry Association of Washington celebrated its 2022 Excellence in Remodeling Awards (EIR) at Skamania Lodge on June 6. A highlight of the association’s summer board meeting, the awards recognized top remodeling projects across 25 different categories. Winners faced fierce competition with 57 entries vying for the top 25 awards. Members from eight local home building associations battled it out for top honors. Industry experts reviewed and scored each project based on aesthetics, special or unique design solutions, quality craftsmanship, appropriate


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building materials, budgetary considerations and the challenges the project’s design requirements faced. Watch videos of the award-winning projects on BIAW’s YouTube channel. Look for the 2022 EIR Awards playlist. And while you’re there, be sure to subscribe to our channel!

View the entire photo gallery of 2022 EIR award winners at the link below: Sites.google.com/view/eir-2022/winners

Exterior 1 Under $40,000

Family Man Remodeling Zack Medeiros | OMB 2 Over $40,001

John Erwin Remodeling John Erwin | OMB



Kitchen 3 Under $45,000

John Erwin Remodeling John Erwin | OMB 4 $45,001 - $75,000

Tenhulzen Residential, LLC Traci Tenhulzen | MBAKS Ronda Lane, Project Designer



5 $75,001 - $140,000

Gaspar’s Construction Vita Hemphill | MBAKS 6 Over $140,001


Nip Tuck Remodeling April Bettinger | MBAKS Emma Holmstedt, Project Designer



Bath 7 Under $35,000

Sockeye Construction Corporation Tod & Kristin Sakai | MBAKS Justine Marie, Project Designer 8 $35,001 - $60,000 7


John Erwin Remodeling John Erwin | OMB 9 $60,001 - $80,000

Candid Construction, LLC Charles Fehlman | KBA 10 Over $80,001

Tenhulzen Residential, LLC Traci Tenhulzen | MBAKS Ronda Lane, Project Designer



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Entire House 11 Under $200,000

Sockeye Construction Corporation Tod & Kristin Sakai | MBAKS Justine Marie, Project Designer 12 $200,001 - $400,000

Renew Design + Build Josh Holmgren | BIACC 13 $400,001 - $600,000

Hines Homes, LLC Ross Elliott | NPBA 14 Over $600,001

Sockeye Construction Corporation Tod & Kristin Sakai | MBAKS Justine Marie, Project Designer




Addition 15 Under $125,000


John Erwin Remodeling John Erwin | OMB


16 $125,001 - $250,000

Tenhulzen Residential, LLC Traci Tenhulzen | MBAKS 17 Over $250,001

Tenhulzen Residential, LLC Traci Tenhulzen | MBAKS




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Outdoor Living 20 Under $100,000

Family Man Remodeling Zack Medeiros | OMB 21 Over $100,001

Irons Brothers Construction Joseph Irons | MBAKS Gabbert Architects, Project Designer 18




Basements/ADUs Get Away Room

18 Under $125,000

Gaspar’s Construction Chanelle Woodis | MBAKS

Phase II, Inc Rick Hjelm | MBAPC Tara Waits, Project Designer 22

19 Over $125,001

Sockeye Construction Corporation Tod & Kristin Sakai | MBAKS Candace Nordquist, Project Designer


Historic Renovation/Restoration Phase II, Inc Rick Hjelm | MBAPC Tara Waits, Project Designer 23

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24 Under $350,000

25 Under $125,000

Dunamis Interiors Gina Carlson | OMB

Seattle Foundation Repair, LLC Sergey Derkachev |MBAKS

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ROII Safety Services

3 simple steps to reduce ladder falls in construction by Bob White ROII Safety Services Director

Injuries due to falls continue to plague the construction industry. While the median claim cost for a fall from a roof is much higher, falls from ladders were four times higher in frequency. In fact, they are the leading cause of fall injuries. Ladder-related injuries cost the ROII program pool over $3.6 million in claim costs alone in the 20202021 plan year. Many of these injuries devastated workers and their families. Every year, DOSH safety inspectors fine employers hundreds of thousands of dollars in ladder safety violations. Ladder use and fall protection violations make L&I’s Top 10 Safety Violation list every year. Another factor adding to the problem is an aging workforce in the industry. Over one-third of the fatalities in a 15-year study were workers 50 years or older.

Old dogs and new tricks

Construction companies should consider placing a greater emphasis on ladder safety and fall protection. Often older workers can become set in their ways with bad habits around personal safety on the jobsite. No one wants to see a longtime friend and employee work all their lives only to have a ladder slip out from under them causing a tragic accident. Having a companywide emphasis over a period of weeks can help break old habits and create better awareness.


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3 simple steps for ladder safety

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Make sure workers take time to inspect ladders before each use. Fiberglass ladders can become brittle over time due to age, sun damage or vibration and jarring on unpadded truck ladder racks. Be sure to destroy damaged or bent ladders or take them out of service so they’re not accessible to employees. Always make sure to secure the ladder. Plan for the worst. Often you can save a life by training a person to pause and consider the element of safety. Taking a second to consider if the ladder is in a secure position at the top and bottom and set up at the right angle, (one foot back for every four feet high), can mean the difference between life and death. Packing a load up a ladder without three points of contact at all times on ladder rungs is not only a recipe for a fall, but also a red flag to the DOSH inspector several blocks away observing the jobsite. State law does not allow workers to carry materials while ascending or descending a ladder unless they have both hands free.

A small amount of safety with some repetition and consistency can help change old habits and save lives. For more information, check out L&I’s ladder recourse page: LNI.wa.gov/Safety/Topics/atoz/ laddersafety/ ROII participants already receive Weekly Safety Topic emails. To join the list, contact ROII Safety Services Director Bob White at (360) 352-7800 ext. 109 or bobw@biaw.com.

Certified Builder

Spokane Home Builders Association President becomes BIAW’s latest Certified Builder by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

With more than 30 years in the construction industry, and over half of those as the owner of Condron Homes LLC, Corey Condron has the knowledge he needs to deliver the high-quality homes he promises. Based on that knowledge and his proven track record of high standards and commitment to the building industry, Condron recently became BIAW’s newest Certified Builder. After working several summers for a framing crew before and during his college years, Condron graduated from Washington State University with a Construction Management degree. His career with Condron Homes LLC began as a project manager overseeing the physical building process from start to finish. As the company expanded, he began spending less time in the field and more time in the office. Condron bought the company from his father, Craig Condron, in 2006. He is now the sole administrator for Condron Homes LLC. As active outside the office as he is in, Condron loves to hunt, fish and enjoy the great outdoors with his family. He’s also president of his local, the Spokane Home Builders Association, where he supports trades education for the next generation in the residential

construction industry. Condron Homes recently supported Spokane’s “Frame Your Future” Workforce Development Camp, May 21-22, at Mead High School. For information on how to become a Certified Builder, visit BIAW.com/certifiedbuilder or contact BIAW’s Education department at education@biaw.com.


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New Executive Officer & BIAW Staff

BIAW celebrates Central’s new executive officer, welcomes new BIAW staff by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

In May, the Central Washington Home Builders Association promoted Lindsay Brown to executive officer. A long-time Yakima native, she previously served as CWHBA communications and events director. Since earning her undergraduate degree from Central Washington University in 2008 (Education), she has continued her formal education in both Communications (receiving her Masters in 2018) and Organizational Management (with a Masters in 2014). She’s committed to a steadfast pursuit of advocacy, professionalism and excellence that will contribute to a healthy sense of pride in her association.

Lindsay Brown

Executive Officer, CWHBA

“Recognizing that home building is essential to the wellbeing of our communities, we should endure ahead, working to advance the common interests of one of the most heavily regulated industries,” she said. “CWHBA offers a platform for the building industry to gather and make the kind of changes we need to keep small business and the building industry alive here.” A licensed skydiver and coach, Lindsay is enthusiastic about seeking adventure, traveling, and connecting with people from diverse backgrounds.

Danielle Winski joined the BIAW team in April with nearly a decade of marketing experience under her belt working with organizations ranging from enterprise tech consultants to nonprofits. “Joining the BIAW team has been a fantastic experience,” Winski said. “Growing up with my father and grandfather in construction and having a husband in the industry, I feel like I’ve found my second home here. I love telling important stories about the building industry and working with our outstanding members and local associations.” Winski’s spends most of her free time with her husband and three daughters exploring the great outdoors with her camera in hand or working on projects around her house and yard. In the winter, she loves to cuddle up with a cup of coffee and a good book next to the fireplace.

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Healthcare Corner

Staying heart healthy while working from home by Brittany Lockwood Marketing Specialist, Capital Benefit Group

As many companies have moved to a work-fromhome model, we have changed the structure of our workdays. But did you know that just sitting too much may harm your heart health? According to study results published in the New York Times, sitting for at least 10 hours a day may be linked to high troponin levels, hurting your cardiac health. And with so many of us working from home, now it’s more important than ever to make an effort to stay active. So what can you do to stay heart-healthy, even if your job requires you to be at a desk, or your dining room table, all day? Walk during your lunch break Getting away from your desk in the middle of the day for a walk will elevate your heart rate and probably elevate your mood. Take the stairs Walking up even one or two flights of stairs a day can make a difference in your cardiovascular health. Stand at your desk Try getting a desk that converts from sitting to standing or standing up while you are on the phone—over the course of the day, you’ll significantly decrease your time spent sitting. Change your commute If you are still working outside the house, consider walking, running, or biking to work, even a few times a week, increasing your active time and providing a nice change of scenery.

There are many great ways to integrate simple, healthy choices into your workday. The team at the BIAW Health Insurance Program is here to help you and your employees access the best healthcare at the best possible price. If you haven’t looked into the benefits of the BIAW Health Insurance Program, now is the perfect time as we may be able to help you lock in your health insurance rates until May 2022! Give our team a call at (425) 641-8093 or visit us online at BIAWHealthTrust.com.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please seek the advice of a qualified medical professional before beginning or ending medical treatment or if you have questions regarding a medical condition.

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3 [1] Master Builders Association of Pierce County President Dan Garber (far right) of Redline Services Group joined students at the Pierce County Skills Center at a Master Builders Pierce’s job fair. [2] BIAW President Joseph Irons (center), and his Irons Brothers team members help build a wheelchair ramp for an Echo Lake woman with a rare, disabling disease as part of the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties annual Ramp-a-Thon.


[3] Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA) President Curtis Banta of Yonkman Construction Inc. (r) recognizes SICBA Executive Officer Wayne Crider for his 25 years of service. [4] SICBA board member Martha Rose (l) and Kim Schlimmer from the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce socialize during the SICBA Annual Awards Dinner at Tulip Town. [5] ROII Enrollment Manager Jessica Bass joins Perfection Glass Inc., ROII participants since 1994, at the HBA Tri-Cities Golf Tournament.

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[6] BIAW President Joseph Irons (r) welcomes NAHB Third Vice Chair candidate Bill Owens to the podium to address members and guests during the board of directors meeting. [7] Olympia Master Builders member Debbi Boyd and Spokane Home Builders Association Executive Officer Joel White celebrate a winning shot during the BIAW Associate Advisory Council’s Putt Putt Golf challenge. [8] NAHB Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin takes questions during the membership luncheon about housing issues and the political landscape. [9] Central Washington HBA members Spike Party Chair Nicole Ahola of Ahola Benefits Services and BIAW Second Vice President Ryan Moore interview Sasquatch during the Spike Party.


[10] BIAW First Vice President Gary Wray and Secretary Luellen Smith (r) congratulate BIAW Membership Manager Karen Hall for her service to BIAW members and wish her well in her new job.





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Membership Benefits

As prices rise, HBA Rebates helps you get money back by Karen Hall Membership Manager

Did you know?

You could be getting an average of $1,582 in rebates each year—just for buying products you were planning to purchase anyway.

Stressed about rising prices for materials and products? As a builder member of your local home building association and BIAW, you could be getting an average of $1,582 in rebates each year—just for buying products you were planning to purchase anyway. HBA Rebates founders Richard and Rich Robinson created this program in 2002 to help smallto mid-sized builders enjoy the same types of loyalty programs available to larger builders. Today, the program serves members of 44 state home building associations and over 600 local HBAs, offering rebates from more than 50 participating manufacturers.


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your builds and manufacturer salespersons to verify the information through their distribution. This keeps the paperwork to a minimum and saves you time.

n Visit HBARebates.com and register for the program.

Easy to use and free money BIAW Certified Builder Matt Willard of Town & Country Homes says years ago when he joined the HBA Rebate program he recognized the value. All he had to do is turn in receipts for products he’d already purchased and he’d get money back.

n Check out the calendar to see when you submit your claim. You can even set reminders for your calendar or sign up for texts.

Now it’s even easier. By consistently using four or five manufacturers, Willard says he easily covers the cost of his annual HBA dues—and more.

n Once a quarter, you’ll submit a claim form if you have any completed residential addresses that used any of the participating manufacturers.

“It doesn’t take much for my staff to enter the purchase information,” he said. “When I talk to members who might be on the fence, I tell them if the process is easy, why not do it? It’s easy to use. And it’s wonderful to get rebates back.”

Participating is easy

No receipts necessary You don’t need to track receipts to process the rebates as HBA Rebates uses the addresses of

Learn more about HBA Rebates and register for the program at HBARebates.com/BIAW.




june 2022



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