March 2022 Building Insight

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Table of contents 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


New Contract Subscription Service offers builders a solid foundation


Behind the scenes: BIAW at IBS

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 General Counsel Jackson Maynard

Subscription service offers contract templates for builder members

BIAW members attended the 2022 International Builders Show (IBS) in early February


BIAW presents builder appreciation awards at board meeting


NAHB streamlines professional designations


BIAW brings builders back to Olympia


Paving the way for women in construction

Award recognizes builder members who give back to their local, state and community

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Board meeting highlights and happenings

BIAW celebrates National Women’s History Month march 2022


President’s message Spring is in the air! Before we all get too busy, I wanted to thank our state directors and staff for a fun and fruitful winter board meeting in Olympia. I’d also like to share with you a few highlights of the last month. Primed for progress You all know how important it is to personally help legislators better understand what we need as an industry (and why) so we can attract support from both parties. This session, we supported a bipartisan workforce development bill that would have allowed more students to explore residential construction and other industries as a pathway to graduation. We also supported a bipartisan permit streamlining measure to reduce costs for builders and home owners. Joseph Irons CAPS, CGP, CGR, CMG, GMR, BIAW Certified Builder President

While both ultimately died despite passing at least one chamber with strong support, I was encouraged that legislators from both parties understood we need a skilled workforce and smoother processes for remodelers and builders to build homes. Thank you to our government affairs and lobbying teams for their hard work. Here’s to even stronger support next session. Commitment to construction This month, we celebrate both National Designation Month and Women’s History Month. It’s a perfect time to talk about how BIAW’s Certified Builder program spotlights the men and women in our industry who’ve achieved this exclusive designation. I appreciate everyone who joined me at the IRL (In Real Life) Reception featuring BIAW Certified Builders at the winter board meeting. Special thanks to Certified Builder John Erwin from the Olympia Master Builders and Jennifer Kelly from the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities who joined me in sharing their experiences as Certified Builders. BIAW’s Certified Builder program is as strong as it’s ever been and growing. Join us and show your commitment to being the best in our industry! Contract templates designed to help you Finally, I wanted to encourage all our builder and remodeler members to purchase BIAW’s new contract subscription service. Even if, like me, you’ve developed contracts you’re comfortable with, it’s always good to know you have the latest legal language developed by expert attorneys familiar with Washington’s unique legal environment! Get yours today. See page 5 for more information.


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New Contract Subscription Service offers builders a solid foundation by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

BIAW launched its new Contract Subscription Service for builder members earlier this month. For just $399 plus tax for access through March 2024, BIAW builders and remodelers will receive unlimited online access to a suite of more than two dozen contracts and addenda, including common contracts like cost-plus and lump sum. It also includes templates for change orders, draw requests, disclosure statements and more. Covering most common construction needs; this subscription could save you thousands of dollars in legal fees. What’s included: n Templates for more than two dozen of the most common contracts and addenda, including cost plus, lump sum and more. n Easily downloadable, fillable documents to complete and save n Live and online training on specific contracts and their uses n Easy-to-follow instructions with every document n Discounted renewal fees Written for Washington builders by Washington attorneys Prepared by expert attorneys familiar with the Washington building industry’s unique needs, these contracts will be regularly updated with the latest legal mandates and case law so your contracts are always up to date.

Helpful for builders at all stages It doesn’t matter if you’ve never drafted a contractor if you’ve been using the same contract since you started your business 20 years ago—the BIAW Contract Subscription Service will help you with contracts reflecting the latest legal requirements. “If used properly, these contracts will benefit those who are new to the industry, as well as seasoned contractors with decades of experience who want to make sure their contracts are up to date, reflecting any recent changes in law,” said BIAW General Counsel Jackson Maynard. The BIAW Contract Subscription Service is available now. For more information about the service, visit or contact BIAW Paralegal Nikky Castillo at (360) 352-7800 ext.116 or

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Executive Vice President’s message It’s spring—the time of year when days become lighter and nature’s colors return to brighten our daily lives. This spring brings the added relief—finally—from COVID and the governor’s statewide mask mandate. After two years of governor-imposed restrictions, it’s invigorating to resume a normal life with family, clients and friends. The BIAW winter board meeting gave many of us an early taste of this life as we met in Olympia for the first time in two years. It was great to see everyone! Winter board meeting resumes in person Roughly 150 of you joined us in Olympia in late February to hear about the legislative session, learn about BIAW’s new Contract Subscription Service and work on the future of the association.

Greg Lane

Executive Vice President

It wasn’t all work, however, as we held a New Director Orientation, heard from legislative leadership over lunch and mingled with other state legislators at our Hammers and Highballs legislative reception. Well attended, the event gave us a great opportunity to share housing issues in a casual setting with nearly two dozen legislators and staff. National Designation Month celebrates continuing excellence It’s National Designation Month—and BIAW’s Certified Builder program is gaining momentum with more than 45 Certified Builders in our ranks. But if you haven’t explored Washington’s exclusive designation, now’s a good time. We’ve updated the Certified Builder marketing kit with a refreshed web page, new videos and fresh social media. Thank you to all the Certified Builders who contributed feedback and ideas! Workforce development builds the future Both the NAHB International Builders’ Show and the BIAW winter board meeting provided opportunities to showcase the great progress we’re making in teaching future tradespeople about residential construction. NAHB’s Home Builders Institute (HBI) recognized both BIAW and the Spokane Home Builders Association with awards for promoting HBI curriculum in our schools. BIAW’s Workforce Development Task Force is exploring new initiatives in education, marketing and advocacy. BIAW recently sponsored the Washington School Counselors Conference, reaching thousands of counselors across the state. All this work helps us develop a pipeline of skilled workers to keep our industry moving. Legislative session mercifully ends And finally, a huge THANK YOU to our government affairs team and all the BIAW members who helped us this session. Facing energized and aggressive anti-housing agendas from Gov. Inslee and environmental special interests, BIAW had a tremendously successful 2022 legislative session. With a few exceptions, we killed the vast majority of bills that would have increased the cost of housing in Washington state.


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Covid Update

COVID safety requirements continue as mask mandate ends by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

On March 12, 2022, Washington became the 49th state to end its indoor mask mandate. But the Department of Labor & Industries reminds employers that the pandemic remains a public health emergency. And that means employers must continue to monitor COVID-19 in the workplace. Ongoing health and safety requirements According to a Safety & Health Bulletin issued by L&I on March 11, 2022, at a minimum, all employers will need to: n

Keep workers with suspected or confirmed

Additional guidance and templates online For additional guidance, visit: There you can find links to n L&I’s “Updated masking rules for Washington state businesses and workers.” n L&I’s Sample COVID-19 Plan for Small Employers. n Free COVID-19 tests from the state and federal governments.


cases of COVID-19 from working around others.



Provide handwashing facilities and clean and sanitize surfaces regularly.

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Educate workers about COVID-19 prevention in the language they understand best.


Provide written notice of potential COVID-19 exposure to all within one business day.


Report COVID-19 outbreaks of 10 or more to L&I.


Address COVID-19 in the employer’s written Accident Prevention Program or equivalent safety program.


Allow workers to wear a mask if they choose.

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International Builders’ Show

Behind the scenes: BIAW at IBS by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

BIAW members and staff

A healthy contingency of BIAW members attended the 2022 International Builders Show (IBS) in early February, including a number of top recruiters from the Membership Monopoly membership drive who won access to the #WinItAll Reception. Celebrating the first in-person Design and Construction Week in two years, NAHB and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) joined forces to attract 1,200 exhibitors, occupying 750,000 net square feet of exhibit space at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. With 70,000 attendees from around the world, the event featured opening ceremonies with Earvin “Magic” Johnson and a closing concert with country star Trace Adkins. Highlights from the show Roughly three dozen BIAW members and staff gathered at the NAHB Area 15 caucus to hear updates from leaders and peers across our region. Melissa Irons, BIAW Past President Sherry Schwab, Kimberley Martin and BIAW Secretary Luellen


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Smith all members of Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council kicked off a morning of meetings with the NAHB PWB Council. Martin joined Schwab and Smith on the NAHB PWB Board of Trustees. Smith is Second Vice Chair of the Council. Both BIAW and the Spokane Home Builders Association earned recognition from the NAHB Home Building Institute (HBI) for their excellent record of bringing HBI curriculum to Washington. BIAW’s Education and Workforce Development Director Al Audette and Executive Vice President Greg Lane received the award on behalf of BIAW. The NAHB Executive Officers’ Council elected BIAW Executive Vice President Greg Lane to its board of directors. Building Industry Association of Clark County Executive Officer Avaly Scarpelli also was named to the EOC board of directors.

Associate Spotlight

Navigating the housing market with Debbi Boyd by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

Debbi Boyd is no stranger to the building industry. A real estate broker for Real Estate of the South Sound, Boyd is a long-time associate member of the Olympia Master Builders, where she actively serves as Professional Women in Building chair. As BIAW’s (NAHB) associate delegate, she is active at all levels of membership, including serving as a BIAW Past Second Vice President. For her steadfast dedication, Boyd was named 2021 BIAW’s Associate of the Year. Current market As you know, there is very little inventory making it a strong sellers’ market. According to Boyd, the average price of a home in Thurston County is $481,500 with an average of seven days on the market. Home prices in Thurston County are now 20.4% higher than 2020. Predictions for 2022 With many businesses and companies allowing employees to work virtually, the demand for houses has increased. “I foresee low interest rates and inventory shortages to continue,” adds Boyd. “Although the prices will continue to rise, forecasts predict they will rise at a slower rate of about 8-10%.”

Even with the price increases, buying is still cheaper than renting. Boyd suggests taking advantage of the low interest rates. “Supply chain issues, lumber prices and labor shortages are only getting progressively worse, so I suggest buying as soon as possible,” she said. The forecasts also state there will not be a foreclosure increase because the market is too robust. “In order to shift market conditions from a sellers’ market to a balanced market, we would need to cut the number of sales in half and increase the number of listings over five times,” said Boyd.“To get to a buyers’ market, the number of listings would need to increase nine times.” Tips of the trade Navigating this market can be daunting. Boyd stays up to date with listings right as they go live online and uses automated emails to her clients. Her best advice for other agents and brokers in Washington is to be patient. “Hold your buyer and sellers’ hands,” said Boyd. “Walk them through the process so they are comfortable because this is a stressful time for them.”

Boyd also suggests getting involved at your local association and in your community Relationship building is a key component to her success. “Show up to events frequently. Going to one event is not enough,” added Boyd. “Make sure as you are building your network, you continue to nurture your relationships.” Want more tips and tricks from Boyd? Don’t miss her episode on The Drill Down, BIAW’s podcast. For more information about membership and how to get involved, contact BIAW Membership Manager Karen Hall at (360) 352-7800 ext. 137 or

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Spikes & Recruitment

BIAW honors top recruiters in 2021 by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

Spike category winners 2021

Bob Moe, CAPS

Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association 1,500+ Category | 6 members

Garth Trimble

Spokane Home Builders Association 1000-1499.5 Category | 7 members

Corey Condron

Spokane Home Builders Association 500-999.5 Category | 35 members BIAW presented its 2021 Spike Awards to category leaders during the winter board meeting held at the Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake in Olympia. For the first time in almost a decade, BIAW had cotop Spikes—and builder members! Co-top spikes Congratulations to Corey Condron of Condron Homes, LLC from the Spokane Home Builders Association and Chuck Neibert of Affinity Homes, LLC out of the Building Industry Association of Clark County for recruiting a total of 35 members each. In addition to recognizing the co-top Spikes for 2021, BIAW also honored top recruiters in various categories. NAHB winner A special congratulations to Kurt Wilson of the Master Builders Pierce County who not only led his category but was one of nine members nationwide to win an all-inclusive trip to Napa Valley in NAHB’s 2021 fall membership drive. For more information on Spikes and recruitment, contact BIAW Membership Manager Karen Hall at (360) 352-7800 ext. 137 or


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Kurt Wilson

Master Builders Association of Pierce County 250-499.5 Category | 32 members

Chuck Neibert

Building Industry Association of Clark County 150-249.5 Category | 35 members

Scott Walker

Master Builders Association of Pierce County 100-149.5 category | 29 members

Miriam Villiard

Kitsap Building Association 50-99.5 category | 7 members

Sue Elkin

Master Builders Association of Pierce County 25-49.5 category | 29 members

Tony Marnella

Building Industry Association of Clark County 6-24.5 category | 8 members

Builder Appreciation

BIAW presents builder appreciation awards at board meeting by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

BIAW’s Associate Advisory Council Builder Appreciation Award recognizes builder members who give back to our industry while also honoring their community service, political activity and environmental efforts. Congratulations to our 2022 winners! Caleb Blanton | New Tradition Homes Building Industry Association of Clark County A long-time green builder, award-winning Energy Star partner and BIACC vice president, Caleb has been state director for the past two years and is BIACC 2022 Parade of Homes chair. Tim Lovelass |Tim Lovelass Construction Central Washington Home Builders Serving as his second year as president of CWHBA, Tim is a member of the BIAW Local Association Presidents’ Council and chair of BIAW’s Education Committee. Amanda Funaro | Good Man Sanitation Jefferson County Home Builders Association JCHBA’s current president, Amanda has been a board member for the past five years and volunteers with Homeward Bound, Habitat for Humanity and the Community Build Project. She also works with local and state agencies regarding shoreline issues, land development, and density issues for Jefferson County. Mike Walsh |Terrene Ventures | Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Mike is the immediate past president of MBAKS, chairs its Health Trust and generously supports the Affordable Housing Council. Greg McCarry | Westerra Homes North Peninsula Building Association An active recruiter and mentor to his fellow NPBA members, Greg is a state director and participates in NPBA’s Budget and Finance committee and BIAW’s

Legislative Policy Committee. He also works with Habitat for Humanity on land development issues. Kurt Wilson | Soundbuilt Homes Master Builders Association of Pierce County One of Master Builders of Pierce County’s most active board members and a top recruiter, Kurt serves on its Legislative Strategy Committee and Affordable Housing Council PAC. Kurt also serves as a BIAW state director, co-chair of the Legal Committee and a member of both the Legislative Policy Committee and the Washington Affordable Housing Council. Lisa Munson | No. 7 Development Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association Involved in many aspects of SICBA, Lisa is SICBA’s First vice president, chair of the Membership Committee, a state director and vice chair of BIAW’s Education Committee. She also helps raise money for local food banks and other charities. Sharla Jones | Greenstone Spokane Home Builders Association Highly active as a leader with SHBA, Sharla is first vice president and a state director. She also chairs SHBA’s Bylaws and Nominating committee, supports the SHBA PAC and participates in the Fall Festival of Homes and Events committees. Gretl Crawford | Gretl Crawford Homes & Interiors Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities Gretl is an active participant in the HBATC Parade of Homes, winning numerous awards, including Best in Parade, People’s Choice and Members Doing Business with Members. She was elected to the Kennewick City Council in 2021. If you have questions about the Associate Advisory Council’s Builder Appreciation Award, contact Brenda Kwieciak at (360) 352-7800, ext. 113 or

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Legislative Update

Gone in 60 days: BIAW races to keep homes affordable by Jan Himebaugh Government Affairs Director

n Net ecological gain standard in land use Much like the car thief played by Nicolas Cage in the 2000 movie, Gone in 60 Seconds, Gov. Inslee and majority party legislators had big ambitions, but not much time to achieve their goals this session—and the stakes were very high. Historically, the political party in control of the White House loses seats in the off-year election. A pre-session Elway poll confirmed that trend in Washington state, as voter support for Democrats shows dropping from 52% in 2020 to 42%, with Republicans gaining ground. So faced with losing seats in this fall’s elections, Gov. Inslee, environmental interest groups and antihousing Democrats entered the 2022 legislative Session with their sights set on getting as much as they could as fast as they could. Having appointed Steve Hobbs from the Senate to Secretary of State, that coalition was confident the path was cleared for their anti-housing agenda to pass this session. But the Governor and the anti-housing activists didn’t count on the opposition of BIAW members, our Government Affairs team and pro-housing Republicans and Democrats. By the time session ended March 11, BIAW and our partners had worked with legislators to block every bill on the Governor’s anti-housing agenda except one: n Net-zero energy codes


Builders already must meet current state requirements to be 70% more efficient by 2030. HB 1770 attempted to change the target and add new carbon reduction goals. New requirements in this bill would have added over $39,000 to the price of a home. This bill also died in the Senate.


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HB 1117 would have implemented a net ecological gain standard to development regulations, driving up costs for all homes connected to public infrastructure like water, sewer and power. This one also came to its final resting place in the Senate. n Climate change in Growth Management Act (GMA) DID NOT PASS HB 1099 would have required certain GMA cities and counties to account for climate change in comprehensive planning—including a requirement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles traveled. It passed both chambers in different forms and went to conference. The conference committee adopted a compromise proposal. The Senate passed the compromise on the last day of session. Due to consistent time management issues by the House Majority, the bill died in the final minutes of session. n Job-killing ergonomics regulations


In 2003, BIAW helped pass Initiative 841, which directed the state Dept. of Labor & Industries to repeal its job-killing ergonomics rules. HB 1837 was an attempt to revive ergonomics rules. Thankfully we were able to kill this bill in the Senate. n Increased land use uncertainty for builders


Unfortunately, BIAW wasn’t able to kill all the bad bills. After years of battle, SB 5042, the big, bad vesting bill, made its way through the Legislature and to the governor’s desk. This bill erodes certainty for builders and puts land-use planning decisions in the courts.

On the plus side, the Legislature approved one good housing bill. n State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) reform SB 5818 makes some minor adjustments to SEPA in a positive way. Any time home construction is exempt from SEPA review or appeals, it saves time and money. Similarly, any time local government planning promoting housing is exempt from SEPA appeals, it saves time and money. SB 5818 eliminates SEPA appeals for local planning decisions that increase housing capacity or affordability. It also provides SEPA transportation and aesthetics appeals exemptions for residential, multi-family and mixed-use commercial projects in GMA cities. Finally, it prohibits local governments from requiring project applicants to submit SEPA checklists when the project is exempt under SEPA. As you can see, in the end, the Legislature did little to address the housing supply and affordability crisis all of Washington is facing. Other bills BIAW was able to bat down that would have made it even more difficult to build homes in Washington: n SB 5732: Mandating green roofs for commercial buildings

Sadly, two priority BIAW bills had momentum during the session, but ultimately were not approved before sine die: n High school graduation pathway options A priority for our president Joseph Irons and the BIAW Workforce Development Task Force, HB 1162 would have expanded graduation pathways to include a performance-based pathway. This bill would have helped us develop a new pipeline for students interested in working in residential home building. Despite bipartisan support in the house, this bill died in the Senate. n Streamlining local permit process reviews SB 5964 aligned with our legislative priority to streamline and simplify permits to help cut the costs of home ownership. It exempted interior remodels from site plan reviews as long as the remodel didn’t alter the structure’s original footprint. This bi-partisan bill passed the Senate unanimously but died in the House. While 2022 was a tremendously successful session for BIAW because we staved off a healthy number of bad bills, the truth remains: elections have consequences. Frustrated voters who can’t afford a home should remember this in November.

n HB 1766: Limiting (or eliminating) natural gas companies’ ability to expand service n HB 1767: Allowing publicly owned electric utilities to engage in targeted electrification n HB 5155: Requiring interest to start running on a judgment entered following trial and arbitration awards for tortious conduct from the date on which the cause of action accrues n SB 5517: Prohibiting employers from denying employment to individuals who test positive for marijuana use n SB 5801: Requiring employers or retro groups to pay attorneys’ fees on workers’ comp appeals n HB 1763: Allowing for independent medical exams to be video recorded

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Get Rewarded With ROII ROII is the state’s largest, longest-operating Retro (Retrospective Rating) safety incentive program. Our goal 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 an average refund of 37%. ROII has returned over $500M in refunds to participating members since 1982.

Complete Plan Years ROII values transparency. That’s why when we show our average Labor & Industries refunds like the graph below, it doesn’t show 2018, 2019, 2020, or 2021 refund percentages. Why is that? Because 2018 – 2021 plan years are not yet completed plan years. What is a completed plan year? Every year L&I does a first adjustment, second adjustment and final adjustment. These three adjustments make up a group’s final refund for a plan year. Also, each adjustment can fluctuate greatly. Many retro groups have a trend of losing refunds from the 1st to final adjustment, but they only tell you how they did at the 1st adjustment. Ultimately, it’s how you finish the year that matters because that’s what your refund is based on.

For another retro group to say they received an average refund of 39% over the last three years is simply not transparent. Some of those years are still waiting for their second adjustment and final adjustment, making them guesses at best. That’s why at ROII, we always say, “It’s how you finish.” Only completed plan year refund numbers from L&I truly represent how well your retro group is performing. Want to find out if you’re actually getting higher refunds on your workers’ compensations premiums like other retro groups are claiming? Use our helpful refund calculator tool at to see how much you could be saving if you were enrolled in ROII. Or fill out the inquiry form at the top of our website to get a side-by-side comparison by email with completed plan years so you can see for yourself!

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If you’d like to find out more information about ROII or would like to get started for July enrollment, visit Not only does ROII continue to outperform our competition, we offer all of our services in-house with no hidden fees—unlike some Retro programs that use additional fees to chip away at your bottom line while adding to theirs.

ROII Group Refund History Labor & Industries Adjustments Plan Year




Range of ROII Refund to Positive Companies



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$11 Million This year, ROII participants will be getting an extra $11 million! As part of our refund policy, ROII does a small refund distribution when L&I performs a plan year’s first adjustment and the final refund distribution two years later when L&I performs their final adjustment and a plan year is complete. Refund money is held in the ROII member investment account until it’s needed at final distribution. Any gains made on this money over 20% are given back to ROII participants at the final distribution. This year the ROII program will be distributing an additional $11 million to final adjustment participants on top of the refunds they earned from L&I through their continued safety efforts. Safety really does have its rewards!

Additional Benefits

While refunds are important, so are the services a group provides.

The goal of ROII is to help every participant maximize your potential refund by helping you 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. Find more classes at

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A new service we are offering this year is free safety classes. We’ve partnered with BIAW’s education program to offer a variety of ROII-sponsored safety classes free to our participants. For us, it’s more than just refunds. It’s about how we can help our participants. If you have questions about our ROII-sponsored classes or would like to register for a class, contact ROII Administrative Assistant Sabrina Arrants at (360) 352-7800 ext. 134 or Help Minimize Risk + Protect Your Bottom Line BIA of Whatcom County—Bellingham, WA April 6, 2022

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Fall Protection Awareness/ Ladder Safety Online May 9, 2022

8 - 12 PM

Spanish Competent Person: Residential Fall Protection BIAW—Tumwater, WA May 25, 2022

8 - 2 PM

Help Minimize Risk + Protect Your Button Line HBA of Tri-Cities—Kennewick, WA June 12, 2022

1 - 5 PM

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ROII Safety Services

Condition your workforce for safety by Bob White ROII Safety Services Director

As the safety services director for ROII, I have the opportunity to research more injury cases than most. Even though it’s our job at ROII to process injury claims, it is always heartbreaking for us when a severe injury or fatality occurs. Seeing life-changing injuries and their effects on families leads us to ask, “Why did this happen?” or “How could this have been avoided?” Sadly, the answer often is: No one thought to consider the element of safety. Help minimize risk I built ROII’s Help Minimize Risk class around this concept. In this class, I address a broad range of safety aspects, getting at the root causes of the accidents the safety industry seldom talks about. It is a class like no other. We’ll cover: n Employee Retention Learn leadership skills that can improve company culture and retain skilled employees. n Educating Employees to be Safer Employees Explore hidden costs and effects of injuries and ways to discuss these topics with employees. n Habit: The Missing Link to Safety Instill work habits that avoid expensive workers’ comp claims, downtime and DOSH safety violations through a process of conditioning. n Hiring Practices Create hiring practices and company policies to lower risk and serve as loss control tools.


Safety rules, regulations, training and personal protective equipment (PPE) all have their place in the picture of safety. However, unless employees think to use this training, knowledge and equipment, they do not serve their purpose. So, after researching years of injury claims, I’ve come to the $64,000 question: How do you condition an employee to consider the element of safety as an automatic, second-nature response every time they perform a task?

Help Minimize Risk + Protect Your Bottom Line BIA of Whatcom County—Bellingham, WA April 6, 2022

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Help Minimize Risk + Protect Your Bottom Line HBA of Tri-Cities—Kennewick, WA July 12, 2022

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Help Minimize Risk + Protect Your Bottom Line Central Washington HBA—Yakima, WA August 17, 2022

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n Creating a Culture of Teamwork Ten successful practices employers can incorporate to partner with employees to prevent workplace drug and alcohol use.

If you have questions about this class or are an ROII participant and want to receive ROII Safety Services’ weekly safety meeting topics, reach out to me at (360) 352-7800 ext. 117 or

n Common Injuries and Ways to Avoid Them Share helpful safety products on the market and tips that help you avoid common injuries on the jobsite.

To find out how you could earn an average of 37% on your workers’ comp premiums, visit

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National Designation Month

NAHB streamlines professional designations by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

with rigorous coursework continually updated. The BIAW Certified Builder designation requires builders and remodelers to complete an application process to be selected.

CAPS. CGP. CGR. GMB. GMR. These are more than just letters. They are all NAHB designations earned by President Joseph Irons of Irons Brothers Construction. Irons and his wife, Melissa, have also achieved the BIAW Certified Builder designation. As have many others across Washington.

Why get a designation Designations set builders, remodelers and associates apart by demonstrating their commitment to continuing education and knowledge of the latest technology, building methods and business practices. Both NAHB and BIAW offer resources to help those with designations not only promote their businesses locally but also educate consumers on the importance of using a professional who has taken the time and effort to get his or her professional designation.

What are designations? The National Association of Home Builders currently offers professional designations in 13 areas—but changes are coming. Designations range from Certified Green Professional (CGP) to Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) to Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP). Earning an NAHB designation is hard work

Changes to NAHB designations Starting Dec. 31, 2022, NAHB will continue to support all existing education designations but will close most of them to new participants. New participants after Dec. 31 will only be able to pursue the CAPS and HCCP designations. If members haven’t finished earning their designation by Dec. 31, 2022, NAHB will

allow time to complete the requirements. Those who have earned designations and keep up with their continuing education and renewal process still have and will continue to keep their designations. NAHB also streamlined the renewal process. Since January 2022, designees are now able to renew all designations for one annual renewal fee: Members: $65 Non-members: $95 Designees will also have new continuing education requirements. Opportunities continue to grow Education courses and content offerings associated continue to grow and change with the industry. Local homebuilding associations, BIAW and NAHB continue to offer great educational programming both in-person and on-demand to help members and their employees stay current in the industry. Learn more about designations at: education/designations.

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Certified Builder Program

Welcome new Certified Builders by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

March is National Designation Month. As we celebrate, BIAW is excited to announce its most prestigious designation: Certified Builder. What is a Certified Builder? BIAW created the designation to bridge the communication gap and offer more transparency between builders and home buyers. Being a Certified Builder shows clients that builders are completely vetted. This creates a sense of trust in knowing Certified Builders go beyond what is asked of them from the state. For more information on how to become a Certified Builder, visit or contact BIAW Education at Welcome new Certified Builders Congratulations to the following tradesmen and tradeswomen who took the step to get their certification.

Kai Fyrst Kai Fyrst, an Olympia Master Builders member, started as a contractor over 20 years ago before founding First Finishers with his brother Tim in 2005. As a founder and owner of First Finishers, he runs the operations and customer engagement aspects of the business. He is a highly effective business ambassador and ensures his customers receive an experience and result that meet the highest available standards of workmanship and quality. He is also in charge of professional development, providing ample autonomy and encouraging members of his crew to take initiative on the job. This level of individual project ownership and accountability creates a work atmosphere based on trust, in which everyone strives to go the extra mile for customers while contributing to company growth.


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Jennifer VanderBeken Jennifer VanderBeken of VanderBeken Remodel grew up immersed in the building industry with both her father and grandfather being Seattle area home builders. Whether it was collecting recyclable soda cans or scrap lumber around the jobsites and then later in high school working in the company office, the ins and outs of the day to day, the challenges and the successes of building became well known. After college, she spent the next several years teaching elementary school. Then while taking time off to be at home with her young children, an opportunity came about for Jennifer and her husband, Ron, to start their own business in 2007. With their combined experience in building and remodeling and the desire and vision to run their very own business, Ron and Jennifer had a perfect partnership. As a member of the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties (MBAKS), VanderBeken holds both CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) and CGP (Certified Green Professional) designations from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Jennifer served as MBAKS Remodelers Council chair in 2021 and won the 2021 MBAKS Remodeler of the Year award.

Ron VanderBeken Ron VanderBeken of VanderBeken Remodel from MBAKS started out as an educator following his graduation from Seattle Pacific University. He first entered the construction industry as a project manager in 1999. In 2007, he stepped out on his own and established VanderBeken Remodel with his wife Jennifer. He specializes in working with and educating clients in the best way to make their homes an even better place to live. One of the ways VanderBeken balances his work/life is by teaching a weekly art class at a small classical school in Marysville his children previously attended. He also holds a CAPS designation.

Matt Willard Town & Country Homes is a third-generation home building company in Kittitas County. Matt and Tristen Willard founded Town & Country Homes based on their belief that providing shelter for families is still one of the most important businesses in the 21st century. Town & Country has a large portfolio of projects from a small guest room fireplace mantle installation to a 7000 sq. ft. custom home in Suncadia and everything in between. Members of the Central Washington Home Builders Association, the Williards are proud of their many accomplishments over the years.

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Board Meeting Highlights

BIAW brings builders back to Olympia by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

BIAW held its first in-person winter board meeting in over two years. This well-attended event was jampacked with meetings, social hours and a legislative reception at the Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake.



Senior officers gathered Monday morning and local association home builder executive officers met in the afternoon. Later, leaders welcomed new state directors at the New Director Orientation event.


Throughout the day, members attended meetings ranging from the Associates Advisory Council to the Washington Affordable Housing Council.


Everyone gathered for lunch to celebrate Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association Executive Officer Wayne Crider and his 25 years as an executive officer. BIAW recognized builder members with Builder Appreciation Awards for making significant contributions to their local associations. The lunch concluded with a panel discussion led by BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh, featuring House Republican Minority Leader JT Wilcox from rural Pierce County and Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus from Sequim.


Evening socializing kicked off with an IRL (In Real Life) Social Hour featuring BIAW Certified Builders. Next, legislators and staff from over 20 legislative offices joined members at the ‘Hammers and Highballs’ legislative reception—including representation from both sides of the aisle. Then confetti flew as the room burst into song to celebrate BIAW President Joseph Irons’ birthday.



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5 1. BIAW Treasurer Jay Roberts proudly listens as SICBA Executive Officer and resident chef Wayne Crider speaks after being honored for 25 years as an executive officer. 2. (l to r) BIACC member Sunny Parsons joins OMB member John Canfield and MBAPC President Dan Garber. 3. (l to r) CWHBA members Ian Steele and Bobby Graham give a thumbs up during the Director Orientation. 4. NAHB National Area 15 Chair Rick Massey (c), BIA of Clark County member Justin Wood (l) and Spokane HBA member Nick Scheel take time out for a quick photo during the annual legislative reception.



The BIAW board of directors meeting was an opportunity to meet National Association of Home Builders National Area 15 Chair Rick Massey, hear more about the BIAW’s finances, learn the latest from BIAW committees and recognize the association’s Top Spikes, those who recruited the most new members in 2021 and in each category. Thank you to all who attended and made the winter board meeting a success. For more information about the winter board meeting, contact Association Services Director Brenda Kwieciak at (360) 352-7800 ext. 113 or at

5. BIAW Imm. Past President Tracy Doriot with his legislator, Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver. 6. (l to r) BIAW senior officers Immediate Past President Tracy Doriot, First Vice President Gary Wray, Secretary Luellen Smith and Second Vice President Ryan Moore, wish President Joseph Irons a happy 45th birthday.

8 7. BIAW recognizes the 2021 Top Spike and Category winners during the winter board meeting. (l to r) Elizabeth Gomez accepting for Co-Top Spike and 150-249.5 Category winner Chuck Neibert and 6-24.5 Category winner Tony Marnella, 250-499.5; Category winner Kurt Wilson; Spokane HBA Executive Officer Joel White accepting for Co-Top Spike and 500999.5 Category winner Corey Condron; Master Builders Pierce Executive Officer Jessie Gamble accepting for 100-149.5 Category winner Scott Walker and 25-49.5 Category winner Sue Elkin; 1500+ Category winner Bob Moe, 50-99.5; and Category winner Miriam Villiard with Membership Committee Chair Luellen Smith.


8. (l to r) Rep. Kelly Chambers, R-Puyallup, and Linn Larsen from Master Builders Association of Pierce County.

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Women in Construction

Paving the way for women in construction by Janelle Guthrie Communications Director

During National Women’s History Month, BIAW celebrates by spotlighting pathways for women interested in a future in residential homebuilding. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of all the people working in construction, women comprise only 10.9%. At the same time, construction has one of the tightest gender pay gaps with women earning 99.1% as much as their male counterparts compared to the US average for all industries of 81.1, according to Build Your Future.

(l to r) Melissa Irons, BIAW Past President Sherry Schwab, Kimberley Martin and BIAW Secretary Luellen Smith all from the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council at the NAHB PWB Council Board of Trustees meeting at IBS.

Home building associations pave the way Through their workforce development efforts, local, state and national home builders associations and their members help more and more women on the pathway to this lucrative industry. Jennifer Tennyson, President of Tennyson Paint and Vice President of Tennyson Homes, leads the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council for 2022. She’s a fifth-generation builder who had successful careers in two other industries before pivoting back to home building “because of the amazing amount of opportunity.” 22

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“If a woman wants to make more money, have more autonomy over her life and career trajectory, and better provide for her loved ones and herself, she should consider a career in home building and construction,” Tennyson says. As the number of women in construction grows, groups like the PWB Council at MBAKS provide support that helps members personally and professionally, she says. “The industry is growing and our world is requiring diversity in voices and approaches,” Tennyson said. “Women bring valuable insights and experiences to our industry. We are an important resource in addressing the acute labor shortage.” Opportunities to shine The BIAW Certified Builder program also offers women builders a chance to shine. Six women now hold the designation. Certified Builder Melissa Irons of Irons Brothers Construction says the designation completed her transition into the building industry. She’s chair of the MBAKS Remodelers Council this year. “I left a career in nursing to join Irons Brothers Construction in 2008,” said Irons, who uses her background in nursing, management and operations to manage personnel and projects smoothly. “Becoming a Certified Builder reinforces my expertise and experience as a builder.” Women interested in building a career in residential construction should contact Debbi Boyd, chair of the PWB Council at the Olympia Master Builders, at (360) 259-5903 or or Jennifer Tennyson, chair of the PWB Council at the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties, at (425) 310-5050 or

Healthcare Corner

Eating disorders on the rise during COVID-19 Resources available to help identify early signs by Regence

Medical experts have acknowledged the pandemic has jeopardized physical and mental health for many. Among the behavioral health issues that have risen to alarming levels is eating disorders, especially among youth. Calls to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) helpline are up 40% since March 2020. Causes not fully understood Eating disorders are not uncommon, though their exact cause is not fully understood. Research suggests a combination of genetic, biological, behavioral, psychological and social factors can raise a person’s risk. An estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. will have an eating disorder during their lifetime, according to NEDA. Increased incidence in youth Increased disordered eating in youths during the pandemic has been fueled by isolation caused by physical distancing and quarantine that has interfered with emotional and social development. Social media platforms can be a way to safely connect with others during times of physical distancing, but such platforms also allow for body comparisons, which can cause low self-esteem, negative body image, cyber-bullying and an unrealistic standard of what is real. People of all ages, racial/ethnic backgrounds, body weights and genders can be affected by eating disorders. Although eating disorders often appear during the teen years or young adulthood, they may also develop during childhood or later in life (40 years and older).

Eating disorders can affect a person’s physical and mental health and, in some cases, can be lifethreatening. With treatment, people can recover. Early detection and treatment essential The best chance for recovery is early detection and treatment. Someone struggling with an eating disorder doesn’t always fit into a neat checklist. Some potential warning signs include: n Concern with body size and shape n Extreme mood swings n Withdrawal from friends and activities n Uncomfortable eating around others n Food rituals like excessive chewing n Obsessive-compulsive tendencies n Noticeable fluctuations in weight, both up and down n Digestion complaints If you or a loved one is experiencing signs of an eating disorder you may feel unsure of what to do next. One place to start is the NEDA online screening tool, which can help determine if it’s time to seek professional help. NEDA’s helpline can also help you or your loved one find the help they need, Monday through Friday via online chat, calls or text. The BIAW Health Insurance program is proud to assist you in offering affordable health insurance benefits to your employees and their families. To find out more about the program or to receive a free, noobligation quote, call us at (425) 641-8093 or visit us online at march 2022


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