I-1082 Final Days for Signature Collecting!

Please be sure to mail petitions to: I-1082, PO Box 1909, Olympia, WA  98507.  Today, June 29th is the last day petitions can be mailed to ensure they will be counted.   Thank you NPBA members and I-1082 supporters for you work in collecting signatures and getting this initiative on the ballot!

NPBA June Newsletter

The NPBA June Newsletter has been published, click here to read this issue.  To read more about the recent SBCC Energy Code delay, click on the June archives.

BUILDERS GET TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FROM NEW ENERGY CODE

Just days after BIAW filed a lawsuit in federal court, Governor Gregoire has announced that she is requesting the Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) delay the implementation of the new energy code for a period of nine months.

While BIAW and other coalition partners have been lobbying the SBCC and the Gregoire Administration to rethink these energy code regulations for over a year, the decision was made just days after BIAW made good on its previous threats to challenge the new rules in court.

In November of last year, BIAW attorneys warned the SBCC that their proposed changes to the energy code were pre-empted by federal law, and thus illegal.  In the lawsuit filed in federal court on May 26, BIAW and several HVAC contractors and builders alleged these regulations will lead to loss of sales and related activities as consumers choose not to buy new homes, or simply are not able to buy new homes because they will be priced out of the market, hurting an already fragile homebuilding industry.

In her letter to the SBCC requesting the delay, Gregoire said “it is clear that the recovery of the construction industry is central to the recovery of our state’s economy” and a “delay is necessary to allow the construction industry to stabilize.  We cannot risk further delay of our state recovery, or worse, a deepening recession.”

Ironically, Gregoire’s request for the delay comes after her repeated direction to the SBCC over the past year to press forward with the stringent new energy efficiency regulations.

While Gregoire has officially requested the SBCC delay implementation, the delay will not take effect until the SBCC takes action.  The SBCC is scheduled to convene this Friday; presumably Gregoire’s request will come up during this meeting.

While the battle to repeal the new energy code is not over, clearly a nine-month delay is a small victory.  BIAW will continue its proceedings in federal court, asking the judge to strike down the regulations and start over.

EPA Certified Lead Renovator Training

Date: July 13, 2010
Time: 8 AM to 5 PM
Location: Vern Burton Meeting Room 308 E. 4th Street
(Across from the County Courthouse)
Port Angeles, WA 98362

The instructor for the class is Cookie Kaufman; both she and RGA Environmental, Inc. have been approved by EPA.

Each company needs at least one person certified and must attend a class that is approved by the EPA. That company also needs to apply to become a Certified Renovator at an additional cost of $350. Companies can apply on line at: http://www.epa.gov/lead/. The application is attached, however, please check the website for more information.

To register, email or fax this form back to clair@npba.info or 452-8197.

Juan de Fuca ICC Chapter Code Change Class

Date:  June 18, 2010

Time:  8:30 am-12:30 pm

Location:  Sequim Transit Center, City Council Chambers

Cost:$20

The Juan de Fuca ICC Chapter will hold a 4 hour forum to discuss changes that will occur with the adoption of the 2009 IRC Code.  Wall bracing provisions will be covered.  The forum will be lead by Fred Slota, City of Port Townsend, Scott Headrick of Zenovic and Associates and Annie O’Rourke of Drafting Solutions.  For more information click here or call Annie O’Rourke, VP Juan de Fuca ICC Chapter at 417-5615.

For a registration form click here.

NPBA 11th Annual Golf Tournament

Date:  August 20, 2010

Time:  7:30 am registration, 9:00 am shot gun start

Location:  Peninsula Golf Club, 824 South Lindberg Road, Port Angeles

Join the NPBA for “The Golfing Experience of the Year” at our 11th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, August 20 at Peninsula Golf Club, 824 South Lindberg Road in Port Angeles.  Registration begins at 7:30 am with a shotgun start at 9:00 am.  Cost is $90 per player and includes a shared cart, lunch, prizes and drink ticket.  To learn more click here.

10th Anniversary of Future Builders Program BBQ

Please join us for the celebration of the 10th Future Builders Home at 1015 Dunker Drive in Port Angeles!  The fun starts at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 10. To RSVP, email clair@npba.info or call the office at 452-8160.  We look forward to seeing you there!

You are invited to: celebrate the 10th Future Builders house, join in on the BBQ fun, talk with students and contributors, visit with friends, win door prizes, play a trivia game, compete in the photo contest and check out the construction! We will be featuring the 2010 Scholarship recipients, and recognizing the 2009-10 Future Builders Students during the BBQ.

For more information click here.