Issues in Action

BIAW urges action by Gov. Inslee to tackle housing crisis
Letter to governor outlines critical steps to ease Washington’s housing shortage

OLYMPIA…The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) today urged Gov. Jay Inslee to take serious steps to ease the housing supply shortage after the governor raised the issue in his recent media availability.

“It was great to hear that the governor understands we have a housing shortage,” said Greg Lane, Executive Vice President of the Building Industry Association of Washington. “Now, we hope he will back up those words with meaningful action to address the crisis. We’re offering him real solutions that will make a real difference to control housing costs.”

Lane sent a letter to Inslee today on behalf of roughly 8,000 BIAW members. The letter outlines the problem and offers proposals to help increase housing supply and ease the pressures causing housing prices and rents to skyrocket. READ MORE >

The final public hearing on Group 1 codes (IBC, IFC, WSEC-Commercial) will be this Friday, in virtual format, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

If you feel inclined to join the opposition to restricting natural gas in multi-family buildings that are built under the IBC, please consider signing up to testify and/or submitting written testimony.

*Any written or oral comments made in Fall of 2021 is not part of the public record in relation to the Group 1 Code adoption process. If you’d like that to be part of the public record, please re-submit or sign-up to provide testimony.

Resources to help craft written/oral comments:

  • For full commercial energy code industry recommendations, click here.
  • For industry talking points specific to the natural gas provisions, click here.
  • CR-102 Proposed Rules for WSEC-Commercial, click here.
  • Preliminary Cost Benefit Analysis, click here.
  • Attached is the letter we submitted on all the code provisions. I testified in opposition to natural gas provisions.

If you’re even more inclined to help us, please use this template (Action Alert for WSEC Commercial_Natural Gas in MF) to send to the SBCC by 5:00 pm on March 11. Please send to sbcc@des.wa.gov.