News Updates - January 14, 2009
Commercial Energy Conservation
Committee looking for members
In the Dec. 31 edition of the Local Building Dept. Newsletter
we wrote about a Commercial
Energy Conservation Committee (CEC) being formed to advise
the division on proposed code changes related to energy efficiency.
The CEC will review code amendment proposals that have met the
criteria of increasing energy efficiency in commercial buildings.
The division will include the group's input and advice when forwarding
proposals to the appropriate advisory board(s) in August and September
2009. The Oregon Structural and Mechanical Specialty Codes and
interim amendments to the other specialty codes are being adopted
April 1, 2010. BCD is taking the names of people interested in
participating in the CEC until Jan. 16, 2009. Please contact Andrea
Simmons at email@example.com
or 503-373-7235, or Gabrielle Schiffer at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 503-373-7418 for more information.
Drainage of Wall Assemblies-
Update on ORSC Section R703.1 Task Force
After the adoption of the 2008 ORSC, BCD began to receive a
number of questions regarding new language in the code about walls
and drainage. The language states that walls must be constructed
to provide a means of draining water that enters the assembly
to the exterior. After discussion with the Residential Structures
Board, the division convened a task
force on the issue. The task force met twice and reached consensus
that some type of interpretation clarifying the performance expectation
of the new language was necessary. The task force agreed a statewide
standard was preferable to a regional approach.
Some key issues not yet resolved include the following:
1. Minimum requirement: What is the minimum requirement for
providing drainage under ORSC R703.1? What methods/materials
will meet the standard?
2. Implementation: Should the requirements be implemented through
interpretation or administrative rule?
3. Single-wall construction: How should the standard apply to
4. Timing: When will the requirement become effective and will
training be provided?
The division proposed that the task force discontinue meetings
until the division could determine how to address these key issues.
The division plans to continue discussions on this topic, reconvene
the task force, and work toward a statewide approach.
The 2009 Legislative Session Convenes
As we welcome in a new year and a new set of challenges, we also
shift our focus to the opening of the 75th Legislative Assembly.
BCD introduced one bill this session, House Bill 2200, which
makes operational and consistency changes in both the boiler and
elevator programs. This bill makes many aspects of these programs,
such as fees and permit cycles, consistent.
In addition, the division is taking the lead on one of the Governor's
priority bills, Senate Bill 79, which focuses on increasing energy
efficiency in homes and buildings. The bill directs the Oregon
Department of Energy (ODOE) to develop a system for measuring
the energy efficiency of existing buildings through the creation
of 'energy performance certificates.' BCD is tasked with establishing
both the long-term goal of net-zero energy use in homes and buildings
by 2030 and a short-term goal of adopting building codes that
require energy efficiency of commercial buildings to increase
by 30 percent and homes by 15 percent by 2012. It also directs
BCD to publish an aspirational code or "reach code"
at the same time as the adopted code, which will identify the
energy efficiency goals for the next code cycle.
For instance, in the year 2012, the estimated energy efficiency
goals for 2015 will be announced. This reach code, in addition
to outlining a process for reaching net zero energy use buildings
by 2030, will provide predictability to the construction industry,
forecasting the energy efficiency requirements for the next three-year
code cycle. The reach code will also serve as an optional or higher
standard that developers and designers can build to during the
interim between code adoptions.
If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Simmons at (503)
373-7235 or through e-mail at email@example.com.
Regional Program Services
BCD's role on the Governors Economic Revitalization Team
As Regional Coordinators, we are often asked how we fit into the
Governor's Economic Revitalization Team (ERT) and what the Building
Codes Division brings to the table. Serving on the ERT has provided
BCD with a unique opportunity to interface with numerous other
state agencies, working on important economic projects across
BCD's role on the ERT is to ensure we are available to any customer
or agency that has questions or needs assistance on projects important
to the economic revitalization of a community. BCD serves as a
conduit connecting people to the right state agencies when issues
arise on their projects. We assist those moving projects forward
by having an understanding of all requirements and timelines at
the onset of a project. Working proactively with project leaders
to identify their needs, enables BCD to help move them quickly
through the process. We can also connect them to other ERT agencies
The Stein Distillery project in Joseph, Oregon is a great example
of BCD's role on the ERT. Working through BCD, the owners of the
distillery were able to expedite their plan review and construction
process. We connected them with other important state agencies,
such as the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Economic
& Community Development Department. These agencies were able
to assist the distillery with funding for street and parking improvements,
as well as low interest loans. With construction nearing completion,
the Stein Distillery hopes to open its doors in the next several
months, bringing much needed jobs and business to the local economy.
BCD has taken an active roll in working with ERT members to ensure
that as projects move forward we clearly communicate with each
other to move through the process as quickly and seamlessly as
Reminder to register your directory administrator
Remember, the Local Building Department Directory (LBDD), formerly
the Directory of Responsibility, is being updated soon. The new
directory will give jurisdictions more control over the essential
information that identifies each building department and allow
them to update information as necessary. The LBDD is your way
to communicate fun and exciting information to your customers
register your jurisdiction's directory administrator for the
LBDD fill out this form. You can get more information about the
LBDD from Lori Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org