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Brad Boycks

Mar 4, 2022

Wisconsin groups offer new ‘cookbook’ to spur affordable housing

Wisconsin has a new recipe to increase affordable-housing development thanks to a "cookbook" released in February.

May 26, 2021

Panelists at Daily Reporter’s Builder Breakfast discuss materials prices, supply shortages

More than a year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction industry is faced with unprecedented supply chain disruptions even as the economy at large shows signs of climbing back to where it was before the coronavirus.

Jul 9, 2020

At WBA, Boycks helps residential builders make sense of COVID-19 regulations

Long known as a liaison between state government and residential contractors, the Wisconsin Builders Association recently had to become an expert at interpreting rules and restrictions related to COVID-19.

Apr 27, 2020

LOST YEAR?: Housing industry staring down slow start to construction season

As homebuilders continue to work through the COVID-19 outbreak, some fear the virus could snuff out demand for new houses next year – if it hasn’t already.

Mar 12, 2020

New home construction falls in 2019 in sign of state’s housing crunch

Wisconsin's pace of new home construction and subdivision development dropped in 2019 from the previous year, a sign the state's housing supply is bottoming out amid strong demand last year.

May 31, 2019

Bill to clarify rules to prevent need to file both paper, electronic building permits

A new bill would clean up an existing law that, amid confusion, has led some local governments to require contractors to file both paper and electronic copies of building permits.

Jan 18, 2019

WAIT AND SEE: Industry cautiously optimistic about working with Evers administration

Contractors well know that governors can shape the regulations their industry is subject to not only by passing legislation but also re-interpreting laws already on the books.

Feb 9, 2018

Bill meant to ease way for residential developments headed to Assembly

State lawmakers are moving to take up a bill that would make a series of big changes to what restrictions local governments can impose on residential-property developments.

Feb 8, 2018

Proposal to scrap two DSPS councils ready for Assembly vote

As early as next week the state Assembly could be taking up a proposal that would eliminate two councils that help state officials both with reviewing complaints made against building inspectors and with drawing up rules used to verify the financial soundness of home builders.

Jan 5, 2018

Bill to give contractors quicker protection from project lawsuits

Beyond being subject to less liability for injuries on construction projects, contractors could see a decrease in their legal expenses should lawmakers adopt a proposal that went before a legislative panel on Thursday.

Dec 11, 2017

Code expert: AG opinion on sprinklers could undermine other codes

A building-code expert is warning that a recent attorney general opinion finding the state can’t enforce a fire-sprinkling rule threatens to undermine other code standards for commercial buildings. Attorney General Brad Schimel, […]

Nov 9, 2017

With electrical code changes, two different standards to be in effect for 17 months

Proposed revisions to the state’s electrical code won’t apply to one- and two-family dwellings until months after similar changes have taken effect for all other buildings. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and […]


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