News Updates - October 12, 2011
Announcing the Better Buildings for Oregon Blog
What's green and orange and red all over? If you guessed the Better
Buildings for Oregon Blog, you are correct!
BCD is excited to bring you one of the first blogs in state government. Our blog
is focused on how building codes support green and high-performance construction
as well as providing information and ideas on a variety of related topics such as
energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and electric vehicle charging
Unlike a newsletter, a blog allows for a conversation and an exchange of ideas.
We hope to hear from stakeholders and customers about your thoughts on green building
topics. The blog will be moderated and all postings are subject to Oregon's public
have posted on the blog.
Please check out the blog - we hope to hear from you soon! You can subscribe to
the blog by clicking on the RSS feed icon in the bottom right-hand corner. For more
information, contact Gabrielle Schiffer at 503-373-7418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2011 legislative training coming in late October
BCD is in the process of developing legislative training for inspectors, plans examiners,
and building officials on bills passed during the 2011 Oregon legislative session.
BCD is creating a free online course that will be available from our website in late
October, with interactive webinar opportunities in November. Similar to 2009, the
online course will include summaries of new legislation and questions relating to
Certified individuals who attended the Oregon Building Officials Association class
at its annual meeting in Bend from July 20-22 were given credit for that class and
do not have to take the course.
Inspectors, plans examiners, and building officials are required to take this legislative
training (law change) course as part of their continuing education requirements as
specified in OAR 918-098-1450. The online class will be accessible from BCD's website
for up to a year.
If you have any questions about this course, contact Tiffani Alexander at email@example.com
Updated solar code commentary available
The division has updated the Oregon
Solar Installation Specialty Code Commentary. While no substantive changes have
been made to the solar code during this interim period, the division is issuing an
errata sheet and the updated
commentary. The commentary provides a section-by-section explanation of the provisions
of the code. The idea is that it should act as both an ongoing interpretation of
the code and also take the place of mandatory code change training. The commentary
has been updated to address questions received by the division over the past year.
The commentary provides additional clarifications for the agricultural exemption,
public ways, and public service agencies. Additionally, a new illustration has been
added to help clarify the connection requirements within three feet of a hip, ridge,
or eave. The appendices to the code have also been updated. Appendix A now contains
the most recent amendments to the 2011 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code and Appendix
B now contains more complete span tables. The commentary is meant to be a resource
for jurisdictions enforcing the solar code, offering explanations and guidance. If
you have any questions about the latest commentary, contact Aeron Teverbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Building inspection program renewal reminder
Jurisdictions in Program Administration Group Three should be receiving notices
that it is time to send in your program renewal form. ORS 455.148 and 455.150 require
jurisdictions to renew their programs every four years. Renewal
forms, along with an updated operating plan and a copy of any Intergovernmental
Agreement for building inspections services are due in to the division by Jan. 1,
2012. If you have questions about your program administration group, a complete list
can be found on the Jurisdictions
page. If you have questions about the renewal process, or if you are unable to meet
the Jan. 1 deadline, contact Aeron Teverbaugh at email@example.com
FREE ePermitting webinar using Accela
Electronic Document Review (EDR)
If you were unable to attend the live webinar demonstration of the enhanced EDR
for the ePermitting system, it's not too late.
now as the replay video shows you first hand how these new features and functionality
can make your permitting processes easier, faster, and more accessible.
The one-hour session addresses all the major points of the improved EDR system including
automations integration of Adobe Pro 10, and is an excellent introduction into the
world of electronic plan review.
Residential provisions of the Oregon Reach Code go into effect
The residential provisions of the Oregon Reach
Code (ORC) became effective Oct. 1, 2011. On July 20, the Construction Industry
Energy Board moved the residential provisions of the ORC to public hearing marking
the successful completion of Oregon's first Reach Code development process.
The code advisory committee wrapped up its work on May 25. The committee recommended
that both the residential and commercial provisions be housed in a single code. There
are three different methods for building to the ORC residential provisions, contained
in Chapter 13. The first method is prescriptive based off of Oregon Residential Specialty
Code's Chapter 11. The ORC contains an updated table for energy conservation and
envelope measures for builders to choose from. The second method allows builders
to choose from a number of selective measures. The third method provides the most
flexibility, allowing the builders to model the performance of the structure. Smaller
houses are incentivized by being required to achieve fewer points or a lower performance
In addition, homes built to the ORC must be "renewable ready," which means
that a designated amount of space for a chase or conduit is reserved and labeled
for future solar installations. The ORC also contains alternate approved methods
to be used in conjunction with the code, including structural sheathing over foam,
light straw clay construction, and site-built composting toilets.
While both the commercial and residential provisions are available on BCD's Reach
Code webpage, we expect printed copies to hit the street January 2012.
For more information, contact Mark Heizer at 503-373-0205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stakeholder survey and RFP informational meeting
BCD is reaching out to its 1% Training program stakeholders to get their opinions
on what types of courses the program will sponsor in the coming year. The program
is already contracting out for classes on the Oregon Residential Specialty Code,
the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code, the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code, and a course
being developed on the accessibility changes in Chapter 11 of the Oregon Structural
We are sending a survey to people and organizations that have provided training
for the 1% Training program in the past. This survey will ask participants for their
ideas on format, timelines, and program content for 2012.
We are also providing an informational meeting on the State of Oregon's request
for proposal (RFP) process. This session will give an in-depth overview of the steps
to take when submitting proposals to the state. We will also discuss some new methods
for working with qualified instructors. This informational meeting is scheduled for
2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, at BCD in Conference Room A.
If you want to participate in either the survey or the information session, contact
Sherri West at email@example.com
Every board and commission is an integral participant in state government. Although
board involvement may require a great deal of time and energy, the rewards of public
service hopefully make it worthwhile.
Individuals are usually recommended by a professional association or special interest
group to provide the board with technical expertise and to bring the point of view
of that group to the board. Members are not appointed to a board to serve only as
the representative of a specific group. If the group's interest conflicts with that
of the general public, the member's primary responsibility is to the public.
It is important to keep in mind that all members have been appointed to a board
to serve the public at large. The concerns and points of view of all interested parties
must be represented and considered, but ultimately the primary responsibility of
every board member is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.
The citizens of Oregon, the construction community, and the Building Codes Division
staff, thank members that have served and are currently serving on Oregon's Division
State Boards for their time and commitment. Several new board appointments and re-appointments
have recently occurred.
The Electrical and Elevator Board formally said goodbye to Lowell Arno of Tice Electric
Company, representing the electrical contractor position. Arno served as chairman
of the board since November 2005 and was vice-chair of the Construction Industry
Energy Board. Steven Trapp of EC Company succeeds that position and was unanimously
voted by members to represent the Electrical and Elevator Board by serving in the
vacant position on the Construction Industry Energy Board. Trapp's experience in
the electrical industry started in 1977 with his electrical apprenticeship and continued
through his current employment at EC Electrical Construction Company where he serves
as vice president of construction with his supervisor and master electrician license
in four states.
The Residential and Manufactured Structures Board will formally say goodbye to Ray
Miller of Miller Consulting Engineers, Inc., representing the structural engineer
position, at the board's January meeting. Miller has served as chairman of the board
since February 2004. Miller has more than 40 years of structural engineering experience
and is a registered professional engineer in 14 states. Tonya Halog of James G. Pierson,
Inc. succeeds the structural engineer position. Halog has been a licensed structural
engineer in Oregon since 1997 and is a registered professional engineer in eight
states. Halog says that serving on the Residential and Manufactured Structures Board
will be a valuable learning experience.
The Residential and Manufactured Structures Board will also bid adieu to David DeHarpport
of Four D Construction, who represented the residential structural contractor position
on the board. DeHarpport served as vice-chair of the board since February 2004. DeHarpport
has served on many of the division's code committees and has been a member of this
board since 2004. Jan Lewis of Tryon Creek Construction succeeds this position. Lewis
has worked in the construction industry in Oregon for 34 years and she has owned
her construction company for 22 years. Lewis is a certified master builder.
Other confirmed executive appointments and re-appointments
The Senate Interim Committee on Rules and Executive Appointments has confirmed additional
executive appointments and re-appointments to BCD's advisory boards:
Building Codes Structures Board (ORS 455.132)
Eric McMullen, Vice-chair
Position representing - Fire protection agency rep
Re-appointment to second four-year term [expires 06/30/2015]
Electrical and Elevator Board (ORS 455.138)
Position representing - Owner/mgr of commercial office bldg
New appointment to first four-year partial term [expires 10/30/2015]
Position representing - Commercial underwriter
Re-appointment to second four-year term [expires 06/30/2015]
Residential and Manufactured Structures Board (ORS 455.135)
Position representing - Manufacturer of manufactured dwellings
New appointment to first four-year unexpired term [expires 06/30/2013]
BCD has six governor-appointed boards that assist the division with its work. The
following positions are currently vacant:
Natural gas company or other utility
Residential & Manufactured Structures Board
Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the Board of Boiler Rules
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 Board of Boiler Rules.
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.