Washington Association of Building Officials

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WABO 2019 Winter Committee Meeting

Registration for the 2019 Winter Committee meeting is now available.  The meeting is scheduled for January 31, 2019 at Pellegrino's Event Center in Tumwater, WA.  We are once again planning a trip to the capitol to visit legislators in the morning to request their support for WABO issues. 

Click here to register.

Meeting Packet

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Venting Reference Now Available to WABO Members

The International Code Council (ICC) is proud to work with Washington Association of Building Officials to distribute a helpful tool, Methods of Venting Plumbing Fixtures and Traps in the 2018 IPC, to freshen your skills as well as to refer to in the field.  This handy reference, authored by Lee Clifton, Senior Director of PMG Resources at ICC is available for immediate download.

Click here to download

The various approaches to venting that are permitted in the 2018 IPC are described in this reference tool.  You will find that these venting provisions offer the installer and designer different paths to achieving an adequately vented system, which could result in cost savings along with ease of installation in different types of construction.

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WABO 2018 Annual Business Meeting

Members from around the state took time from their busy schedules to gather at the Shilo Inn for the 2018 WABO Annual Business Meeting. This meeting included the annual elections of board members and the Awards Banquet on Thursday night.  WABO was honored to welcome ICC Board members, Jay Elbettar and David Spencer who provided members with an update on programs and issues from a national perspective.

Click here to read reports and view photos

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U.S. Access Board Releases Animation on Sales and Service counters

The U.S. Access Board has released an animation on accessible sales and service counters as part of its online guide to standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The 12-minute animated film shows how access can be achieved to different types of counters, including sales counters and hotel check-in counters. It also covers access to teller and service windows, queues and waiting lines, check-out aisles, food service lines, self-service shelves, and food and beverage dispensers.

This animation is the most recent in a series produced by the Access Board. Other animations address wheelchair maneuvering, entrances and doors, toilet and bathing facilities, protruding objects, parking and passenger loading zones, and signs. The animations can be viewed or downloaded through the Board's website. They are also available on the Board's new YouTube channel along with videos about the Board and its work.

For more information, click here.

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WABO Chatline - Online Discussion Forum

Are you participating in the WABO chatline?  WABO believes in the importance of communicating with your fellow code officials across the state and the chatline is one resource that can help accomplish that goal.
There are two separate chatlines established for the membership:

The WABO ALL Group - is open to members and associates who are engaged in the development, enforcement and administration of building construction codes and ordinances and other items that affect the building construction industry.

The WABO Building Official Group – is limited to Building Officials working for Governmental Jurisdictions in the State of Washington.

Interested in joining?  Please e-mail Camie at [email protected] .

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WAsafe Achieves Monumental Accomplishment

WABO’s Emergency Management committee has been working since 2011 to help establish Washington State’s building safety responder program.  Through their efforts WAsafe (WAshington Safety Assessment of Facilities Evaluators) was formed.  WAsafe  is a coalition comprised of WABO, SEAW, and AIA Washington whose mission is to train, enroll, and aid in the dispatch of volunteer building safety evaluators to help local building officials in Washington respond to disasters.  Through a historic cooperative effort between WA State Emergency Management Division (EMD) and WAsafe a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been established.  The MOU formally recognizes WAsafe as a resource the State can (and presumably, will) call upon to send volunteers to areas /jurisdictions affected by disasters. The MOU also establishes EMD’s central role in coordination of distribution of resources (volunteers) and WAsafe’s responsibility to maintain emergency response coordinators and continued training for agencies and WAsafe volunteers.  To read  the full MOU, please click here.

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ICC Value of the Code Official Toolkit

The Value of the Code Official toolkit builds awareness about building safety and encourages young professionals to join the industry.

The International Code Council launches a new online resource, the Value of the Code Official toolkit. This toolkit helps government officials, Code Council members and others build awareness for the code official’s significant role within their communities.

Click here to read more.

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 Code Forum Topics – Share your ideas for Code Forum Topics now!  

For those who have not attended a WABO Quarterly meeting before, the Code Forum is a standing agenda item where participants discuss technical, process, administrative and other issues pertaining to the building code enforcement profession.  Now you can share your ideas for Code Forum topics before you get to the quarterly meetings via WABO’s interactive email server designed specifically to let you write down your Code Forum ideas before you forget them. 

To view Code Forum topics currently on the list, please move your mouse over the Code Development Tab and a box will appear to the right for Code Forum.  Click Code Forum to enter.

 For more information click here.

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Factory Assembled Structures (FAS) Program

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

L & I frequently receives inquiries regarding the rules and requirements for "tiny homes." An informative handout has been developed to help assist jurisdictions.

Clik here to view handout

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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.

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