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Jun 3, 2022

The government wants to disaster-proof your home

On this first day of the Atlantic hurricane season earlier this week, federal officials are launching a new initiative to modernize building codes so that communities can be more resilient to hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and other extreme weather events that are intensifying due to climate change.

Apr 19, 2022

Evers administration calls for building code changes to meet climate change goals

A report released Tuesday suggests Wisconsin should revise its building codes to include higher energy-efficiency standards and make various other changes meant to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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.

Jul 22, 2021

Lawsuit challenges Madison building ordinance meant to protect birds

A group of construction and development interests filed suit against the city of Madison on Thursday over an ordinance local officials adopted last summer to require that new high-rise buildings be designed in a way intended to prevent bird collisions.

Jul 6, 2021

Building collapse lawsuits seek to get answers, assign blame

Even as the search continues over a week later for signs of life in the mangled debris of the fallen Champlain Towers South, the process of seeking answers about why it happened and who is to blame is already underway in Florida's legal system.

Feb 1, 2021

Wauwatosa looks to require bird-safety features on new construction

The city of Wauwatosa may follow Madison's example by drafting rules to require that new building projects have features meant to protect birds.

Dec 29, 2020

Task force calls for stricter energy-efficiency standards in building codes

A Wisconsin task force is calling for state building codes to have stricter energy-efficiency standards as part of a series of recommended policy changes meant to combat climate change.

Feb 5, 2020

Evers signs bills setting aside $5.2M for water projects in parks

Among the bills that Gov. Tony Evers signed into law on Wednesday were ones that will make it easier to install stairway lifts in old churches and that will set aside millions for water projects in state parks.

Jan 26, 2018

DSPS says municipalities can’t enforce building codes on residential repairs

The Department of Safety and Professional Services is telling local governments they cannot require repairs to homes and other dwellings conform to state building codes.

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 […]

Mar 29, 2017

Bill would exempt barns from parts of building code

Even though Kyle Vesperman has been running an agriculture tourism business at his family farm since the early 2000s, he has had to avoid using a historic barn for wedding and similar events for fear of running afoul of Wisconsin’s building codes.

Jun 7, 2016

Milwaukee officials trying to close gap created by code, inspection law

With a state law that prohibited a number of Milwaukee's policies on rental properties and building code compliance, local officials not only lost what some of them deemed as a powerful means of combatting property violations in some of the most blighted parts of the city. They also were deprived of a source of revenue estimated to bring in $4.3 million next year.

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