Edition: Vol. 03, No. 10
Edition date: November 3, 2010

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

News Updates - November 3, 2010

Solar Code Resources Available

The 2010 Oregon Solar Installation Specialty Code has been effective for a month and there is now a commentary version of the code available on the division's website. This version contains background information on how various provisions were developed and how they should be interpreted. The division will update the commentary periodically to address new issues and questions that come up. The division has also posted a model checklist for prescriptive installations. This checklist is an example of the type of information that should be submitted for prescriptive solar installations.

While some jurisdictions are already seeing a lot of solar installations, others are just beginning to and are in the process of developing their fees. There is a lot of dialogue between jurisdictions as to what an appropriate flat fee would be for prescriptive installations. Generally, the average fee being discussed is around $150. Because this is the first time a code like this has been implemented, the division is relying on feedback from the jurisdictions to address areas of concern and make improvements.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns please contact Aeron Teverbaugh at 503-373-2160 or Aeron.Teverbaugh@state.or.us.

COMcheck Assistance

Now that the 2010 OEESC is the single mandatory code for energy code compliance, the division is using only COMcheck to demonstrate compliance. For those new to COMcheck, help is available.

The best training resource for COMcheck is the Oregon specific webinar put together by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories and the Federal Department of Energy. Click here to see the presentation. Select the "Commercial" tab, and under "Commercial Webcasts On-Demand" you will see "COMcheck for Oregon." There are also other useful training modules available at the same website, such as "COMcheck Basics."

You can download your own desktop version of COMcheck. This is the division's own energy code website, with many useful links and a read-only copy of the 2010 OEESC.

Under "What do you need to do to Comply?" select the "Downloadable version" of COMcheck. Don't forget to select "Oregon" under the "Codes" tab once you have COMcheck first open. This will insure that COMcheck is analyzing your envelope, lighting, and HVAC selections to the 2010 OEESC, and not another code. One of the nice features is that COMcheck will always return to the "Oregon" version every time you re-open it. Please note that an online version of COMcheck will be available in late November. When it becomes available, we encourage local jurisdictions and contractors to use this version so that as the software is updated, they are using the most current version.

If you have any questions or problems with COMcheck, please contact Mark Campion at 503-378-4530, or mark.campion@state.or.us.

Permits Protect on the Move

The consumer information website on building permits in Oregon is up and running at www.PermitsProtect.info. As part of the new website, BCD has been working on a new and improved "tool kit" for local building departments. Access the new tool kit here. This kit is designed to help with the promotion to homeowners of the importance of purchasing permits and getting inspections for building projects. The tool kit has all sorts of helpful media. There are five new brochures, a new table top display, a print ad template, and a high resolution electronic file of the logo that can be used as a link on websites.

The new Permits Protect website is interactive and full of information and helpful hints. We hope to continue in this direction with more fun and informative sections to the site in the future. We are also open to suggestions from building departments on how we can meet their needs through additions to the site.

If you have questions or want more information, please contact Sherri West at 503-373-7509 or sherri.d.west@state.or.us.

Program Renewals for Group Two Due January 1, 2011

For all jurisdictions in program administration group two, your four year program renewal request is due January 1, 2011. It is important that you complete this renewal process by the new year in order to insure that your local building program is able to continue running smoothly during its next reporting period beginning July 1, 2012.

All you need to do is complete the program renewal request form and return it to the division. Please be sure to complete the form fully and attach the requested supporting documents, including a current copy of your municipality's operating plan, current fee schedules for all programs you administer, and a map or description of any changes to your inspection service area.

If you will not be able to return your program renewal request to us by January 1, 2011, please contact Trevor Johnson trevor.w.johnson@state.or.us by December 21 to ask for an extension. If you do not know which program renewal group you are in, you can check the group lists on our website.

Certification Renewal

By now, certified individuals should have renewed their Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC). Any OICs not renewed by November 1, 2010 are now expired and no duties requiring a certification may be performed. If a certified individual is not currently using their OIC, they have up to five years from November 1, 2010 to renew before they must apply for new certifications. Renewal within that five-year window requires completing the current continuing education requirements, submitting a renewal application, and paying the $125 renewal fee.


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