Washington Association of Building Officials

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

WABO Spring Business Meeting

Plan to attend the WABO Spring Quarterly Business meeting in Leavenworth on April 9-10, 2015. The meeting will be held at the Enzian Inn and rooms can be reserved by calling 800-223-8511. Join your colleagues from around the state and participate in several important discussions.

First Annual WABO Retirees Event in Leavenworth by Gary Schenk, WABO Past President

At the Spring Quarterly Meeting in Leavenworth, we will be launching the first annual meeting of WABO Retirees for all those past members who have moved on and are no longer involved in WABO. You may remember when the idea was presented last year in Leavenworth and the membership approved moving forward with implementation.

This year’s Leavenworth meeting has been chosen as the place and time for this new, annual event.Participants are invited to attend lunch with us on Thursday the April 9 and then join us later in the afternoon for our Putt Putt Golf and Evening Social Event for a time of sharing stories, fun and fellowship. Everyone can help us in contacting former members and asking them if they would like to attend.

The WABO office will also make contacts of former members if you can just help us locate them.It should be a fun time for old relationships to reconnect and to share some of the stories of the past along with what’s changed since. And the best part of this first annual meeting of the retirees is that the registration, lunch, and afternoon/evening social events are free. Spouses are also welcome to attend. If at all possible, we ask that retirees inform the WABO office of their intent to attend so that proper arrangements for the activities can be made. We look forward to seeing everyone in Leavenworth.

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 ICC Seeking Presenters for Global Forum

The International Code Council [ICC] Global Forum is seeking Presenters from the Pacific Northwest and around the world to participate in a Forum titled:  Earthquake Preparedness and Recovery within the Frame of Disaster Risk Reduction [DDR] in the World: Are Building Codes the Ultimate Solution?

The Forum will be held on September 28th, 2015 as part of the ICC Annual Business Meeting and Conference to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA.  Please review the Call for Presentations for details - click here.



ICC Code Cycle Discussion

WABO had the privilege of participating in the Code Cycle Roundtable discussion held in Washington, D.C., where various interest groups discussed the code cycle problem facing ICC. At that meeting, several stakeholder viewpoints were shared relating to the process of code adoption in this country. WABO provided the following letter with some observations. A copy of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) report "Maintaining vs. Extending the Current Code Adoption Cycle" follows.

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Click here for Report by NIBS


WABO Details Available

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

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Code Official Apprenticeship Program (COAP)

WABO is currently working on funding for the apprenticeship program. Once funding is in place, information on how to become involved either as an apprentice or a hiring jurisdiction will be posted on this website. We are very excited to get the program up and running so we can provide a well-trained workforce for the future. If you are interested in receiving more information when it becomes available, please email the WABO office with your contact information (wabo@wabo.org).


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.

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Emergency Management Mutual Aid Toolbox

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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.

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