Washington Association of Building Officials

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John Darnall is ICC Code Official of the Year

John Darnall was named "ICC Code Official of the Year" and received the honor during the 2015 ICC Annual Business Meeting in Long Beach, California. John is the Building Official from Tumwater, Washington, and is a WABO Past President.

From left: International Code Council Board of Directors Member and Awards Committee Chairman Robert Drexler (left); Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year Award recipient John Darnall (center); and Code Council Board of Directors Immediate Past President Guy Tomberlin.

Congratulations, John!



WABO Voting Guide - Code Change Proposals

The WABO Technical Code Committee developed a voting guide to assist members who plan to vote through the cdpAccess process for Final Action. For those who want to begin review of the code changes, the guide provides the WABO Technical Code Development Committee recommendations.  The suggestions contained are the opinions of the WABO Technical Code Development Committee (TCDC) members who were in attendance at the TCD committee meetings and ICC hearings and are being provided to you as recommendations only.  While voting is not available yet, TCD Committee members will be checking the ICC website to see when the Final Action voting will begin.  We will send an email to all members once the announcement is made.

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WABO Fall Meeting in Pasco

Over 50 WABO code officials from around Washington attended the 2015 Fall Quarterly Business Meeting in Pasco on October 15-16. Several important discussions took place relating to the WABO Annual Education Institute, International Plumbing Code, and the ICC Code Development Hearings. Select link below for photos and committee reports.

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Reports on ICC Code Hearings in Long Beach

WABO TCD had several public comments advance to the next round during the Public Comment Hearings in Long Beach for inclusion in the 2018 I-Codes.  Eight of the approximately sixteen public comments we submitted were supported by the building and fire code officials in attendance. Winners of the WABO scholarships offer their perspective on the hearings.

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NEMA Report- Evaluating Fire Damaged Wiring

Electrical equipment exposed to heat and fire residue can be extremely hazardous if re-energized without first performing a proper evaluation and taking necessary action. Reduction in integrity of electrical equipment due to heat degradation of materials, residue from burning materials, or moisture can affect the ability of the equipment to perform its intended function and be used safely. 

This publication provides information on how to evaluate electrical equipment that has been exposed to heat and fire residue through fire, firefighting activities, or close proximity to a fire. It is designed for use by suppliers, installers, inspectors, and users of electrical products.

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WABO Details Available

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

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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.

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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.

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WABO Welder Renewal
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