Edition: Vol. 02, No. 05
Edition date: March 11, 2009

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Important information from the Oregon Building Codes Division to local building departments.

BCD Events

The Commercial Green Building & the Building Code Class (see more information)

March 24: Salem, register here

March 31: Medford, register here

Board meetings

March 12: Manufactured Structures and Parks Advisory Board meeting

March 26: Electrical and Elevator Board meeting

Public meetings and hearings

March 16:
1:30 p.m. - ORSC R703.1 Task Force

March 17:
9:30 a.m. - Interim amendment
to the Oregon Electrical
Specialty Code

Contact a Regional Coordinator

Wendy Beard
Cell: 503-910-9243

Michael Morter
Cell: 503-507-7858

Michael Morter
Cell: 503-507-7858

Tim Lindsey
Cell: 541-306-1126

Jerod Broadfoot
jerod.a.broadfoot@state.or.us Cell: 541-240-1256

Manager, Regional Program Services
Michael Morter
Cell: 503-507-7858

News Updates - March 11, 2009

Oregon Commercial Energy Conservation Advisory Committee

Beginning in early April, BCD will convene the Oregon Commercial Energy Conservation Advisory Committee (OCEC). The 12 member committee will advise the division on how to substantially increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The OCEC will review proposed code changes and provide input for the division to consider forwarding to the appropriate advisory board(s).

To receive updates on the committee's progress and public meeting notices via email, please log onto the committee Web page and select the link for updates at the top of the page. For further information, you can contact either Richard Rogers, 503-378-4472, Richard.Rogers@state.or.us or Shane Sumption, 503-378-4635, Shane.R.Sumption@state.or.us.

OAR Compilation- Updated for 2009!

Throughout the year, the division takes part in different rulemaking activities. When a rule is adopted, amended, or repealed you receive an email notifying you of the division's newly adopted rules. This is all done in an effort to keep your OAR (Oregon Administrative Rule) compilation as up to date as possible. At the end of the year, we combine the previous year's changes into a brand new compilation so that we can start the year with a nice, clean copy of OARs. This new and improved version is now available on our rule and rulemaking Web page and printed copies are available for purchase from the division. This 2009 OAR compilation includes all rules filed through January 31, 2009. As changes occur throughout 2009, we will continue to update our rule Web page, which is your resource for the most up to date information on the division's rulemaking activities. If you have not done so already, you may wish to sign up for "Notify" located at the top of the rule Web page, which allows you to receive emails whenever the page is updated.

Task force on ORSC Section R703.1 to hold meeting

The division will reconvene the task force established to explore new language in the 2008 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC), Section R703.1. This section of the 2008 ORSC requires that a wall assembly must provide a means of draining water that enters the wall assembly to the exterior. This new language has led to many questions from contractors and local governments alike. The purpose of the task force is to develop recommendations clarifying how to achieve the performance expectation of this new language which was adopted as part of the 2008 ORSC. The task force held two meetings late last year and will hold a third meeting on March 16 in the Building Codes Division's conference room A. Meeting times and materials are available on the division's Web site and, as always, the division will stream the meeting live over the Internet.

Questions on Appendix N relating to low rise apartments

Between changes in the codebook location and changes to the provisions of the appendix, Appendix N generates many questions. The three that we hear the most often are:

1) Where is it?
Currently, Appendix N is only found in the 2007 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC). Last fall the newsletter included an article on the history of Appendix N, which helps explain this move.

2) Are sprinklers now required?
All structures built under Appendix N are required to be sprinkled. This new sprinkler requirement is one of the amendments made during the residential code adoption process and became effective April 1, 2008. Another notable change that took place at the same time was the reduction in fire wall requirements. All of the April 1, 2008 amendments can be printed and inserted into your copy of Appendix N.

3) Are all small apartments required to be designed to it?
Designing a low-rise apartment structure to the provisions of Appendix N is purely a design choice left to the discretion of the design professional. Apartment structures falling within the scope of Appendix N can also be designed under the main portion of the 2007 OSSC.

We hope answering these question clears up some of the confusion. If you have any questions regarding this article or Appendix N please feel free to contact Richard Rogers at 503-378-4472 or richard.s.rogers@state.or.us.


Quick Permits is morphing to basic ePermitting services
The basic services of ePermitting, coming in April, will replace the Quick Permits program. Nevertheless, because Accela used Quick Permits to pattern the design of the new system, many things have stayed the same. In each bi-weekly edition of the newsletter, we are using this section to talk about the things that are different between the two systems. The last newsletter discussed the requirement for contractor login and what new features are made possible with this change. In this issue, we want to let you know about a new application feature for purchasing permits.

New selection process for service types and features
The new basic ePermitting services system will allow a user to customize their permit application through a selection process. When a contractor logs into their account, they make choices from a series of lists that leads them to the necessary permit. For example, if a plumber were working on a single family home, they would choose the service types that only apply to a one-or two-family dwelling. The contractor would continue to choose service types that narrow the list of permits available.

If a city or county chooses not to sell a particular fixture or service through the ePermitting system, that service or fixture will not show up as an option to the contractor. This decreases the opportunity for error in the permit purchasing process.

Look for more information on the changes from Quick Permits to ePermitting in our next issue.

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