Builders are buzzing about the new building code app, an exclusive tool available only from the Wisconsin Builders Association. WBA unveiled the new app and offered demonstrations at its booth at last week’s Wisconsin Builders Conference in Appleton. Nearly 400 builders from around the state were on hand, and many of them went home with this first-of-its-kind app for builders and remodelers.
The app is a free download. You can get it by going to Wisbuild.org, and click on the “APP CENTER” tab. The app will work on nearly all smart phones, tablets or e-readers. The link will take you to instructions based on the type of device you’re using. In all cases, iBooks or a similar e-reader program is required.
Once the app is installed, you have access to the full Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling code. The app allows you to search by key words, chapters, or page through the document from one end to the other. (Energy drinks are recommended if you choose to read the whole thing!)
The app is the latest version of Wisconsin’s building regulations for single-family homes and duplexes. In addition to the text of the code, the app also has information for WBA members on the free WBA Building Code Hotline. The hotline connects members (non-members can’t use this service) to a building code expert.
While this version of the app is available to any builder, an enhanced version coming out later this spring will only be available to members of the Wisconsin Builders Association. Building Code App 2.0 will feature the Building Code Commentary, an invaluable guide to the building code itself.