Washington Association of Building Officials

“Leading the Way to Excellence in Building and Life Safety.” 

 

 

Memorial Day Closure

The WABO Office will be closed on Monday, May 29th in honor of Memorial Day. It will re-open on Tuesday, May 30th at 8:00 a.m.

 

 

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 2017 WABO Annual Business Meeting

Registration for the 2017 WABO Annual Business Meeting is now available.  The meeting is scheduled for June 22-23, 2017, at the Tulalip Conference Center in Tulalip, WA.  This special meeting includes elections of Board members and the Annual Awards Banquet.  To reserve your room at Tulalip Conference Center, call (360) 716-6000 for a WABO Room rate of $159.  The room block has been extended to June 5, 2017. 

For more information and to register, click here.

WABO members are also looking for dedicated individuals willing to volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors.  If you would like to become a leader in our great organization, click here.

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ICC Electronic Voter Validation Site Now Open

The improved International Code Council's Electronic Voter Validation Site is now open, and all Primary Representatives of current ICC Governmental Members are encouraged to access the new site and validate Governmental Member Voting Representatives (up to the maximum number available for your population).

Remember: Voting Representatives must be validated each year.  Voting Representatives must be validated by August 11, 2017 in order to participate in the upcoming 2017 ICC Annual Business Meeting activities in Columbus, Ohio.

Check your GMVRs' status online today.

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WABO 2017 Spring Business Meeting

Members from around the state gathered at the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth for the WABO Spring Quarterly Business Meeting on April 20-21,2017. A record number of scholarship winners attended and were able to meet and network with their colleagues from around Washington.

Click here to read more.

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 Bill Signing Ceremony with Governor Inslee

Senate Bill No. 5185 - providing immunity from liability for professional or trade associations providing emergency response volunteers was signed by Governor Jay Inslee on April 17, 2017.
Primary Sponsor of Senate Bill 5185 is: Lynda Wilson.

WABO worked with the Structural Engineers Association of Washington SEAW, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Institute of Architects to help get this bill passed.

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Earthquake Home Retrofit Seminar - June 3, 2017

WABO will once again sponsor this important training program for builders and contractors. Earthquake Home Retrofit Training provides a consistent, approved approach to the seismic retrofit of older, wood-frame, single-family homes.  If you know any contractors who might be interested in attending, please share this information.

The training will take place in the Shoreline City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information and to register, please click here.

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Factory Assembled Structures (FAS) Program

WABO 2016 Fall Business Meeting

Kelly Mayo - Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries

With the gaining popularity of "tiny homes", Labor & Industries presented an informative presentation on the growing industries of food trucks and timy homes manufacturing. Several changes were discussed, including a new web page added to the Factory Assembled Structures web site, a new Advisory Committee, and chnages to State Law 9HB 2443). Please click on the below link to view the complete presentation.

Click to view Presentation

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WABO Code Official Accreditation Program

The first year of the WABO Code Official Accreditation Program is in progress. WABO has been working with South Seattle College to put together a three-year online program to provide in-depth training for those who want to increase their knowledge of working in the public sector as a building code professional.

Click here for more information

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Coffee Stand Fire

The Department of Labor and Industries has posted a report on a fatality caused by fire at a coffee stand.  The incident took place in January 2016, and resulted from a propane leak ignited by the open flame of a propane space heater's pilot light.  The L&I Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) investigated and made several recommendations, including that business owners should follow local building codes to ensure safe building egress.

See the full report at his link:  L & I FACE Report

Building safety is WABO's main purpose.  This tragic incident demonstrates the importance of code compliance.

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WABO Details Available

Thanks to LG Nelson, the first batch of WABO details are now available for downloading. 

Click here.

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WABO Mentoring Program

Several generous WABO members have volunteered to be a mentor for their colleagues across the state. If you have questions, concerns or just want to run something by a person who may have once been in your shoes, feel free to call on any of the folks listed.

Click here

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Emergency Management Mutual Aid Toolbox

Apply to become an Emergency Responder

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WABO Membership


The Washington Association of Building Officials
(WABO) was incorporated in 1977 to promote building codes and standards that safeguard the public health and safety; advise on legislative matters; assist in the development of national and state codes; provide educational opportunities for its members; and preserve local government control of code administration.

Click here to become a WABO Member

 

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