Edition: Vol. 04, No. 07
Edition date: July 13, 2011


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

News Updates - July 13, 2011

Building Official Satisfaction Survey

The Division is committed to providing services to the cities and counties administering the building inspection program. The Building Official Satisfaction Survey was developed to get feedback from the Building Officials on Division services and resources. This feedback will help ensure that Building Officials are receiving the information and services they need. We are requesting that all Building Officials visit the site by July 19, 2011, to fill out and submit the short survey. It should take approximately 10 - 15 minutes to complete. If you have questions, contact Aeron Teverbaugh at 503-373-1354 or Aeron.Teverbaugh@state.or.us.

BCD Staff Changes

There have been some staffing changes at BCD as a result of Acting Deputy Administrator Berri Leslie accepting a permanent deputy administrator position with the Insurance Division. Chris Huntington, manager of Policy and Technical Services, will be acting deputy administrator. Richard Rogers, structural program chief, will be acting manager of Policy and Technical Services. Both Chris and Richard will continue to remain involved with some of their previous position duties to ensure customer needs are met.

Additionally, the two limited-duration policy analyst positions in the Green Building Services section have been made permanent. We are pleased to announce that Mark Heizer will continue to fill the technical position and Andrea Simmons has been recruited to fill the policy position. Aeron Teverbaugh has accepted the policy analyst position serving local jurisdictions, previously filled by Trevor Johnson, who resigned effective June 30.

Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) training still available

The OEESC is now a part of the new training collaboration between BCD and Chemeketa Community College (CCC). We are starting to use CCC's eLearn system to make BCD-sponsored online courses available to our customers. The OEESC is the first course available through the CCC system. We have put together a webpage that explains how to use the new CCC system. You need to register in the CCC system once and then you can sign up through this system for any continuing education online courses offered by BCD.

The CCC eLearn system is also hosting the online portions of the Special Inspector Certification programs. It has been a big success so far. We have 30 students in the Special Plumbing Certification online course and 16 students participating in the Special Solar Certification course. Students accepted into these certification programs have been using the online system since June 20.

The eLearn system has a wide variety of learning tools available. The course instructor can choose from discussions, assignments, blogging, and several other methods of teaching and communicating with the students. The courses are self-paced and set up for the student to be able to enter and leave the course 24 hours a day. The eLearn system also keeps track of what the student is doing within the course. We are just learning all the wonderful options available to create high-quality online courses for the BCD community. Keep an eye out for other courses offered via the CCC eLearn system!

For questions or more information regarding training, contact Sherri West at 503-373-7509 or Sherri.D.West@state.or.us.

HB 3462 Specialized Inspector Training Update

The Specialized Inspector Training pilot project has been moving right along. There was a lot of interest in both the plumbing and solar certifications and the plumbing course has a waiting list at this time. The demand has caused BCD to open up an additional course in the fall quarter at Chemeketa Community College. Those on the waiting list for the plumbing course will be the first in line for the fall class. The division is happy that these certifications are so popular.

Individuals seeking the specialized electrical inspector certification can start applying next month for the September training. The specialized electrical inspector certification expands the scope of work for current residential electrical inspectors to include some simple commercial inspections. Like the specialized plumbing inspector and the specialized solar inspector courses already under way, the first segment of the electrical inspector course will be offered through Chemeketa Community College's electronic learning system. There will be a traditional classroom segment for both the plumbing and electrical specialized inspectors training. All three certifications require the participants to complete field inspections. After candidates have finished all of these requirements they will sit for a final exam.

For more information or questions on the HB 3462 Specialized Inspector Certification, contact Aeron Teverbaugh at 503-373-1354 or Aeron.Teverbaugh@state.or.us.

Energy Compliance Online Software for Residential Construction

By this August, BCD hopes to introduce new online software to show compliance with the energy provisions of the 2011 Oregon Residential Specialty Code. The software will take the place of the old Oregon Department of Energy forms.

The permit applicants will be able to show the specific levels of insulation in the envelope and which additional measures they have picked. A new feature will be the input of the specific BTU and efficiency ratings for the mechanical equipment installed.

The software will be posted on our Energy webpage. The results will be able to be printed out and sent in to the local jurisdiction. Most importantly, the software will be easy to use, and the output should greatly aid plans examiners and field inspectors in quickly assessing the home for compliance with the 2011 ORSC.

For questions or more information, contact Mark Campion at 503-378-4530 or mark.campion@state.or.us.

Code Updates

Mid-cycle code amendments:
The mid-cycle code amendment process began June 3, 2011, for the 2010 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC). The division did not receive any public proposed code amendments for this code cycle.

The mid-cycle code amendment process began July 1, 2011, for the 2010 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) and the 2010 Oregon Energy Efficiency Code (OEESC).

Proposed mid-cycle structural code amendments can be submitted to the division through Aug. 1, 2011. No proposals will be accepted from interested parties after Aug. 1, 2011. Any interested person may propose to:

  • Add an amendment to the 2010 OEESC that is designed to:
    o Address emerging issues or potential fire life safety risks; or
    o Correct conflicting or unclear provisions of the code; or
    o Update referenced standards as necessary.

2011 Oregon Boiler Specialty Code
July 1, 2011, began the code adoption and amendment process for the 2011 Oregon Boiler Specialty Code. Proposed standards will be reviewed by both a committee and the Board of Boiler Rules. The approved standards will become effective on Jan. 1, 2012.

2011 Oregon Elevator Specialty Code
July 13, 2011, will begin the code adoption and amendment process for the 2011 Oregon Elevator Specialty Code. The notice will be posted on BCD's webpage on July 13, 2011. Proposed standards will be reviewed by both a committee and the Electrical and Elevator Board. The approved standards will become effective on Jan. 1, 2012.

2011 Oregon Reach Code
The development of the new 2011 Oregon Reach Code continues to progress. The commercial provisions are complete and have been approved by the Construction Industry Energy Board. The Board will review the residential provisions on July 20, 2011, and will go to public hearing in September 2011. The code will become effective on Oct. 1, 2011.

2010 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC), ADA Standards
The division has been working with the 2010 OSSC Committee on ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The new proposed standards will be reviewed by the Building Codes Structures Board on Aug. 3, 2011 and will go to public hearing in November 2011. The standards will become effective on March 1, 2012.

For questions or more information regarding code adoption processes and timelines, contact Dana Fischer at 503-373-0226 or Dana.C.Fischer@state.or.us.


Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the 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 State Plumbing Board.

Final orders after hearing: These cases went to a contested case hearing. Each penalty assessment was reviewed and approved by the State Plumbing Board.


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