News Updates - August 10, 2011
Andrea Fogue, BCD, accepting the award from Eric Makela, PNNL
Sixth annual Jeffrey A. Johnson Award winner announced!
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce the sixth recipient of the Jeffrey A. Johnson Award for “Excellence in the Advancement of Building Energy Codes and Performance.” The award recognizes a leader or team in the United States for sustained service of the highest caliber in the pursuit of energy efficiency goals.
Congratulations to the Oregon Building Codes Division
The Oregon Building Codes Division received the award on July 26, 2011, at the 2011 U.S. DOE Energy Codes Conference.
Oregon has long been recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency. The Oregon energy code has consistently been one of the strongest in the nation, spearheaded for more than two decades by the Oregon Department of Energy. Two years ago, official state support for the energy code moved to the Oregon Building Codes Division, which immediately began to aggressively pursue further improvements to the code.
In 2009, a wide range of stakeholders in Oregon came together to create Senate Bill 79, which represents a path to continually improve energy efficiency. Under requirements in Senate Bill 79, the Building Codes Division administered the adoption of a 15 percent energy efficiency increase in Oregon's mandatory commercial energy code which was completed in 2010 and a 10 percent gain in the mandatory residential code, which was completed in 2011.
Less than a year later, the Oregon Reach Code was developed. The commercial provisions were adopted on July 1, 2011. It provides a 15 percent to 20 percent energy efficiency improvement over Oregon's mandatory commercial energy code. The residential provisions, scheduled for adoption Oct. 1, 2011, are anticipated to provide another 5 percent improvement over mandatory residential code standards.
The Nominators and Award Committee had high praise for the Oregon Building Codes Division:
• “Oregon has provided state leadership on codes, despite the increased complexity of saving additional energy.”
• “Very innovative, Oregon has effectively moved to the forefront of state energy code development.”
The Jeffrey A. Johnson Award was established in 2006 in honor of Jeff Johnson, a leader in Building Energy Codes and Performance, who died in a mountain biking accident on May 15, 2005. Jeff was an enthusiastic, motivated visionary who made significant impacts in the field of building energy codes and performance throughout his career at the California Energy Commission, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and as Executive Director of New Buildings Institute.
Representatives from the U.S. DOE Building Energy Codes Program, the New Buildings Institute, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, and the past award winner participated in establishing the criteria and selecting the 2011 award recipient.
Learn more about the 2011 Energy Codes Conference.
New accessibility provisions using ICC model code language
BCD is planning to adopt new accessibility standards under the 2010 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) to become effective on March 1, 2012. The new provisions will bring the OSSC into alignment with the 2010 ADA Standards as well as maintaining compliance with the Fair Housing Act Amendments of 1988.
The adoption represents a paradigm shift from using provisions written entirely by the State of Oregon to using International Code Council model code language. The deadline for public input, in the form of code change proposals, was June 17, 2011. Since then, the Structural Code Review Committee has spent many hours reviewing submitted code change proposals, reviewing and evaluating the need to continue existing Oregon amendments, and evaluating new model code modifications.
The existing Chapter 11 language titled “Accessibility” in the 2010 Oregon Structural Specialty Code will be deleted in its entirety. Also, the model code language found in the 2009 International Building Code, along with Oregon amendments, are being adopted. Section 1007 will be added back into Chapter 10 and Section 3411 is being revised in Chapter 34 as part of the accessibility revisions, again using model code language as found in the 2009 International Building Code along with Oregon amendments. The proposed code language uses a “building block” approach and references ICC ANSI A117.1 Standards.
The committee received two Oregon amendment proposals, one of which was withdrawn. The proposed amendment reviewed was regarding clustered mailboxes driven by House Bill 3361.
The committee and the Building Codes Structures Board have approved the proposed code language. To view the new provisions click on the following links: Section 1007, Chapter 11 and Section 3411.
For informational purposes only, there are three matrixes that were developed to easily discern the 2010 ADA Standards code language compared to the Current 2010 OSSC language and the proposed language for adoption. To view these matrixes click on the following links: Chapter 11 Matrix, Parking Matrix and Section 3411 Matrix.
If you have questions, contact Steve Judson at 503-378-4635 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board recommends Residential Reach Code provisions
On July 21, the Construction Industry Energy Board voted to send the residential provisions of the Oregon Reach Code to public hearing. The goal of the residential provisions, like the commercial, is to set out optional statewide construction standards that are economically and technically feasible to help expedite “beyond code” projects, provide options for builders, and forecast general trends for increasing energy efficiency.
The residential provisions are based on a code proposal developed by representatives from the Oregon Home Builders Association, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Earth Advantage, Energy Trust of Oregon, and the Department of Environmental Quality. There are three different methods residential builders can choose from under the Reach Code: a prescriptive track based off Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) chapter 11, a selective measures track similar to the ICC 700 standard, and a performance track providing for maximum flexibility. All three tracks require a builder to follow the general requirements of the ORSC and all three incorporate incentives for smaller houses. Like the commercial provisions, builders are required to install or reserve a minimum amount of space for a chase or conduit labeled for future solar installations unless a renewable energy source is installed or the solar resource is insufficient.
In order to provide maximum flexibility for builders, the Reach Code also contains a few alternate methods and materials. These include provisions for structural sheathing over foam, light straw clay construction, and site-built composting toilets. The residential provisions will be included in chapter 13 of the Oregon Reach Code. This results in a single Reach Code with both residential and commercial provisions. The public hearing will be held on Sept. 21, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
At the same meeting, the board also recommended reintroducing provisions for vegetative roofs as an option for commercial buildings. The division received a great deal of testimony in favor of vegetative roofs. Because of the strong interest, the division presented the testimony to the board, which decided to incorporate vegetative roofs into the commercial provisions. Both the residential and vegetative roof provisions are expected to become effective Oct. 1, 2011.
2011 Oregon Boiler Specialty Code
July 1, 2011, began the code adoption and amendment process for the 2011 Oregon Boiler Specialty Code. The division has selected a committee and plans to hold a public meeting on Aug. 31, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. at Building Codes Division, conference room A. Proposed standards will be reviewed by both the 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, began the code adoption and amendment process for the 2011 Oregon Elevator Specialty Code. The division will soon select committee members and has set a tentative date of Sept. 6, 2011 for the first meeting. Proposed standards will be reviewed by both the committee and the Electrical and Elevator Board. The approved standards will become effective on Jan. 1, 2012.
Heizer appointed to International Code Council’s committee
Mark Heizer, technical policy analyst for the Green Buildings Section with BCD, was appointed to serve as vice chairman of International Code Council’s (ICC) newly formed Sustainability, Energy and High Performance Code Action Committee. The committee is one of four Code Action Committees the ICC has created to enhance the technical requirements of the International Codes and assess proposals for advancing energy efficiency in buildings. With Mr. Heizer’s appointment to the ICC committee, Oregon will continue to be at the forefront to advance the next generation of energy codes.
New Brown Bag Lunch Series presentations for September
BCD is offering Introduction to the Reach Code as the September Brown Bag Lunch series. It will provide an overview of Oregon’s new Reach Code. The first of a two-part presentation given by Mark Heizer is scheduled for noon Tuesday, Sept. 20. The one-hour presentation will begin with background information on the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). This session will include a look at the structure of the code and how the electives fit into the use of the code. The presentation will feature a general overview of the permitting process for a Reach Code project, including what to prepare for submission, who should be involved, what to submit, and the plan review and construction inspection process through issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
The second part of this presentation will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at noon. This session will include a more in-depth overview of the core sections of the code: chapters 3-12. There will also be time to concentrate on Chapter 6, Energy Conservation.
Continuing education credits in the structural program will be available for those who take both parts of this presentation on the Oregon Reach Code. Keep an eye out on the Brown Bag Lunch webpage of the BCD website for the link to register for these sessions.
For questions or more information, contact Sherri West, BCD training coordinator, at 503-373-7509 or email@example.com.
Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the Electrical and Elevator 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 Electrical and Elevator Board.
Final orders after hearing: These cases went to a contested case hearing. Each penalty assessment was reviewed and approved by the Electrical and Elevator Board.