Washington

Washington Construction and Home Improvement AssociationsThe state of Washington has instituted a 30 year Green Building Certification Program so its home building and remodeling industry can better dispose of and utilize solid wastes. Its Green Building Standards where established by a coalition of environmental organizations, citizens, and trade professionals to devise responsible ways to address resource use, effects on the climate and overall future of the environment. Contractors are encouraged to use these green building standards which exceed the current building and energy codes for performance standards. For example, instead of only requiring an improvement in water efficiency, the new standards can require a contractor to use recycled materials.

Contractors and designers who participate in the program receive optional credits or points for using environmentally friendly building plans. A checklist accompanies the plan so contractors can choose from a list of environmental friendly project options. These options determine a building's level of certification. Before beginning a project, the program requires a verification of project goals, documentations from both design and construction teams, and visits from an independent building inspector to oversee work during the project.

To assist home building contractors meet and exceed the green building codes, Northwest Building Salvage Network can link businesses who salvage and reuse building materials in their projects. They can also assist contractors on how to save material from a building demolition so it can be reused for another home project. Participating contractors receive a tax benefit for materials they donated instead of dump.

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Central Washington Home Builders Association

CWHBA is a not-for-profit trade association whose mission is to preserve the home building industry. Established in 1955 from a community of over 700 contractors in Kittitas, Yakima, and Klickitat counties. They work together in unity as government representation and a gateway to education workshops and seminars on construction trends, marketing, and law.

Continuing education courses offered by the CWHBA can earn members credit with the Washington State Department of licensing. Contractors can learn about Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training Inspect for installing and managing storm-water controls on land over an acre large. They also offer business management courses on Lien Law, Public Works and Construction Contracts so contractors can preparation, record, file, and foreclose liens. They also have the opportunity to keep up with trends in green products and materials.

The CWHBA has an awards program to recognize innovation and quality craftsmanship within the association. The competition is open for members to exhibit improvements in products and building techniques. The CWHBA also assists its community by offering college scholarships to Construction Management majors at Central Washington State University, Washington State University, University of Washington, and Perry Technical College.

Washington State Conference of Mason Contractors

The association for masonry contractors and their affiliates was formed to increase the productivity and profits of its members. As a member, contractors have access to industry meetings, technical information, general business information, and communication issues. The WSCMC has management and supervisory programs on technical, safety, and producing higher quality work. The association acts as a representative for masonry contractors in labor negotiations, as a collective bargaining representation for healthcare, pensions, training programs, grievance and arbitration services.

The WSCMC is a strong advocate for employee safety education programs. They believe that if companies hire qualified workers then further train their workers, the masonry industry would be rid on the job accidents caused by a lack of safety knowledge. To help contractors, the association offers a 30 hour training program with instruction on how to make a safety plan part of management planning. Contractors learn how to form safety committees, hold regular safety meetings, write emergency plans, report unsafe practices, and implement weekly safety inspections to reduce accidents on the job. Member who implement safety programs receive a financial incentive.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Seattle, Washington

The IBEW's mission is to raise the quality and quantity of work for skilled electrical workers. They believe that membership in the organization leads to a pride that can increase productivity, the need for safety practices, and increasing skills.

Under its jurisdiction, workers are classified as either inside wireman, electrical sign workers, shop, radio television engineers, groundsman, equipment operators and others. Each unit has its own chairman, vice chairman, recorder and an executive committee who operate under the supervision of the Local Union. Units have the power to decide unit salaries, benefits, and vacation periods. Any member can be elected to hold an office if they are in good standing within the organization.

The Brotherhood has special funds available to its members during times of illness or job loss. These financial assistance funds include the General fund, Sick and Distress Dues Fund, Jury Duty Fund, Unity Fund, and Supplemental Insurance Fund. The audited Supplemental Insurance Fund offers money to members who wish to purchase additional insurance.

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