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The Insider - July 2020

The Insider - July 2020

July News and Events from BIAWC


Summer has arrived!


The BIAWC Golf Classic is Friday, September 18, 2020, held at Sudden Valley Golf Course. The tournament is a fundraising event to support the BIAWC Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to employees and family of BIAWC members. It's a full day of food, fun, golf, drinks, more food and more fun! Join us!


Bellingham Ford Commercial Sales offers the highest level of experience and professional advice for BIAWC Members.


From the start-up contractor to large fleets; we are equipped to help.


In addition to Ford Work Trucks & Vans, we offer all types of up-fits, competitive finance options, as well as full parts and service support.


Who doesn't love a good game of BINGO? Only, you can't go to a BINGO hall right now; it doesn't scream social distancing. Neither do our normal BIAWC Pub Nights that we are missing so much this summer. In lieu of engaging you as a member, we are challenging you to a game of BIAWC BINGO! You're challenge is to complete 5 tasks across, down or diagonally and we will present you with a prize!


These tasks are designed to get our members better equipped, engaged in learning, updating online information for other members or consumers and communicating with our staff. We hope you are enticed to play, but also hope you have fun in the process.


You can either print the PDF here or contact Angie at Good luck! 





AVT Consulting, LLC

Benson Service Electric

Boss Construction

Foundation Restoration

Project Landworks

Rawls Electric



Kenneth Nichol to Earn New Certified Builder Designation

Kenneth Nichol of Ethos West Construction, Inc. in Bellingham, WA recently completed all the requirements and earned the BIAW Certified Builder designation, considered the preeminent professional certification available to builders within the home building industry in Washington state.
BIAW’s Certified Builder designation is a comprehensive accreditation program with standards that far exceed what Washington law mandates for registered contractors. BIAW will also launch a full-scale consumer marketing campaign to help position Certified Builders more highly in the marketplace, a first for any kind of program offered by BIAW.
To earn this designation builders must:
Submit References. Certified Builders submit a list of suppliers, subcontractors, and homeowner references for projects completed in the past 5 years for review and verification.
Provide Education and Work Experience. Certified Builders provide a list of all of their work experience and education, including professional designations.
Comply with a Superior Code of Conduct. They must agree and follow a well-defined set of standards as professionals in the home building industry.
Provide Greater Insurance Coverage. All builders must maintain insurance coverage that surpasses the minimum general insurance coverage required by state law.
Offer Homeowner Warranties. All BIAW Certified Builders must provide home buyers with a homeowner warranty.
Use Clear Contracts. Certified Builders must use contracts that clearly define the construction agreement between the homeowner and the builder.
Agree to Mandatory Binding Arbitration. Certified Builders offer arbitration to their homeowners as an alternative to litigation, which reduces cost and time and allows for greater privacy, informality, flexibility and finality.
Provide a Homeowners Guide. Certified Builders must provide maintenance guides to all homeowners to help with the care and maintenance of their homes.  
For more information about the features, rewards, and application review process of the BIAW Certified Builder designation visit our dedicated website.



The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County has refunded more than $1,641,059.42 from the WA Department of Labor & Industries through a Retrospective Rating Program (ROII) run by the BIA’s statewide counterpart, the Building Industry Association of Washington. Retrospective Rating Programs are group insurance pools that allow participating members to reclaim a portion of the workers’ compensation premiums that they pay into L&I if their claim costs at the end of the year come in lower than expected. The goal is to incentivize participants to focus on job site safety and reduce the frequency of injuries and the costs of workers’ compensation claims.


The deadline for October 2020-21 plan year is Friday, August 28th.


Stay Safe, Stay Open.
Wear a Mask.



A-1 Pepperworth Plumbing
AJW Builders
Alvord-Richardson Construction
Andy's Lawncare
Artino Advisory Group
Aven Construction Inc
B&C Well Drilling
Bode's Electric
BAI Environmental
Blue Star Welding
Builders FirstSource
Carl's Mower & Saw
Cascade Natural Gas
Chmelik Sitkin & Davis
Concrete Finishing
Corwin Electrical Services
Credo Construction
Culligan NW
DeBoer Construction
Dykstra Construction Services
Express Electric Inc
Fairhaven Floors

First Federal
Gateway Controls
Get Simple Box

Green Thumb Company
Hindman Construction
Honcoop Trucking
Iverson Earth Works
Kamps Painting
Kramer Construction
Larry Steele & Associates
Lyndale Glass
Lynden Sheet Metal
Marker Construction
Marr's Heating & Air
Mason's Houseworks
Mt Baker Roofing
New Whatcom Interiors
Northwest Energy Systems
Northwest Propane
Overhead Door
P & P Excavating 

Pearson Construction
Pottle & Sons Construction
Profection Painting
Quality Plumbing & Construction 

Ram Construction
RossCo Drywall
Snapper Schuler Kenner
Sustainable Connections
The Franklin Corporation
The Handyman Contractor
The RJ Group
Tiger Construction
Topside Roofing & Siding
Tradesmen International
Triple S Construction
Van Beek Drywall
Van's Plumbing & Electric
Wellman & Zuck
West Coast Windows
Western Pacific Fence
Westside Building Supply





Matt Emerick, Lettered Streets

"Had a major project done by Z Construction. Was completely pleased with their work. A neighbor who is a retired Navy Seabee and has built small to huge projects watched them work and said their quality was excellent. Perry Zender is the owner and a gentleman you can trust."




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