News Updates - November 5, 2009
Certification for building officials, inspectors,
and plan reviewers changing
House Bill 3462, enacted by the 2009 legislature, directs the Building Codes Division
to establish a certification renewal procedure for building officials, inspectors,
and plan reviewers. It also directs the division to establish training and certification
requirements for a specialized inspection pilot training program.
The division assembled a rule advisory committee to work on the first phase of implementing
this legislation, the certification renewal procedure. This committee, which met
during September, October and early November, has just completed its work of drafting
administrative rules. These proposed rules will require an Oregon Inspector Certification
(OIC) for all building officials, inspectors, and plan reviewers, and renewal of
that certification every three years. Those who were grandfathered in when the OIC
was developed in 2005 will be issued an OIC by the division at no charge. The application
and renewal fee will be set at $125 for a three year certification. The first renewal
cycle for all OIC certifications, including those issued under the grandfather clause,
will begin on Nov. 1, 2010 under these new rules.
The required 16 hours of continuing education (CE) every three years remains unchanged.
The division's legislative update class, following each regular legislative session,
will be mandatory and needs to be included in those hours. This class has been one
of the CE requirements for building officials in the past. The fee for obtaining
an Oregon Code Certification (OCC) will be changed to $80 in the new rules. There
is no renewal requirement for OCCs, but they become invalid if the OIC is not renewed.
The rules will be forwarded to public rulemaking hearing in December with a likely
effective date of July 2010. The division will develop a rule advisory committee
for the second phase of implementing HB 3462 to begin work in early 2010.
For further information, please contact Chris Huntington at 503-373-1247 or by email
Boards Select Energy Board Members
In our September newsletter, we told you about the division's new board, the Construction
Industry Energy Board ("Energy Board"), which was established in House
Bill 2950 (2009) as part of the Governor's energy efficiency agenda. This new board
will advise the division on energy efficiency issues and streamline the process of
enacting new energy efficiency provisions across the residential, commercial, and
electrical codes. The Energy Board may evaluate proposed standards related to energy
conserving technology, construction methods, and products and materials. The seven
member board is comprised of two members from the Electrical and Elevator Board,
two members from the Residential Structures Board, two members from the Building
Codes Structures Board, and a representative from the Department of Energy. Over
the past few months, the respective boards have selected, from their membership,
the individuals who will participate on the Energy Board. The members of the Energy
Lowell Arno, Electrical and Elevator Board;
Michael Broomfield, Electrical and Elevator Board;
Phil Damiano, Residential Structures Board;
Mike Goodrich, Residential Structures Board;
Bruce Dobbs, Building Codes Structures Board; and,
Rene Gonzalez, Building Codes Structures Board.
A representative from the Department of Energy has yet to be determined. The division
anticipates the Energy Board will hold its first meeting early in December.
Solar Energy Code being developed by code committee
The Oregon Solar
Energy Code committee is working through the code development process. The committee's
purpose is to create the first statewide solar code in the nation. The primary goal
of this code is to provide clarity and promote consistency in the installation and
construction standards of solar energy systems statewide, focusing on photovoltaic
The committee has worked through such issues as ambient temperature and raceway
expansion characteristics, circuit conductor routing, and certification requirements.
They have worked to clarify terminology and minimize redundancy, and they have addressed
the issue of requiring a disconnecting means at combiner boxes for increased fire
The committee held its first meeting in September. They have had five meetings so
far, mostly focusing on electrical and fire service issues. Structural and administrative
provisions are the next topics to be discussed.
For further information, please contact Chris Huntington at 503-373-1247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is up with BCD and green building?
In the last two years BCD has been focusing on new methods and technologies that
many sectors of the building industry refer to as green building. Read
about where this journey has taken us in the last year. The linked article is
a summary describing many areas BCD has been working on to help buildings in Oregon
become more efficient and environmentally friendly.
For more information, please contact Gabrielle Schiffer at 503-373-7418 or by email
Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the Oregon State Plumbing Board
Summary report: These cases were
resolved by the division's enforcement section without going to a contested case
hearing. No action was required by the Oregon State Plumbing Board.
Final orders after hearing:
These cases went to a contested case hearing. Each penalty assessment was reviewed
and approved by the Oregon State Plumbing Board.