NEWS & BLOG

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  • Energy and Building Code Implementation Delayed Until July 1

    Posted on Jan 8, 2021 in:
    • Building Codes
    • Industry Issues
    • Advocacy
    The main reasons for the delays are the impacts of COVID-19 and concerns about implementation challenges in local jurisdictions. In preparation for the coming changes, BIAW continues to offer their virtual “Significant Changes to the 2018 Codes” class.
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  • Supply of Housing Inventory Continues to Drop

    Posted on Jan 4, 2021 in:
    • Builder's Bulletin
    Data show the supply of housing for sale continuing to decline in King and Snohomish counties. King County had 0.93 months’ supply of inventory, down from 1.39 months’ of inventory a year ago. Snohomish County had just 0.49 months’ supply of inventory in November, down from 1.27 a year ago.
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  • Press Release: Master Builders Association Announces 2020 Award Winners

    Posted on Dec 18, 2020 in:
    • Built Green
    • Press Releases
    • MBAKS News
    BELLEVUE, Wash.—December 18, 2020—The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) announced its 2020 winners at their annual end of year awards gala on Thursday, December 17. This year’s gala was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring skits, year-end retrospectives, and an awards show.
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  • Everett City Council Adopts Amended Traffic Mitigation Fee Increase

    Posted on Dec 18, 2020 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Advocacy
    The city has not revised its traffic fees since 2014 and will increase its traffic fee to $3,994 per p.m. peak hour trip (up from $2,400). The ordinance would also change the inflation index that the fee is annually adjusted by.
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  • Snohomish County Adopts New Road Impact Fee

    Posted on Dec 18, 2020 in:
    • Taxes & Fees
    • Industry Issues
    • DBIC
    • Advocacy
    Your association successfully negotiated a two-year phase-in of the fee in transportation service areas (TSA) where there will be an increase: 50% in the first year and the remaining 50% set to go into effect February 1, 2022.
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