Edition: Vol. 05, No. 02
Edition date: February 8, 2012


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

BCD Office Closures

February 20, 2012

BCD Events

February 15 - Brown Bag Lunch Series: Residential Provisions of the Reach Code


February 16: State Plumbing Board

February 22: Construction Industry Energy Board

March 6: Board of Boiler Rules

March 7: Mechanical Board

March 20: Rulemaking Hearing

March 22: Electrical and Elevator Board

Statewide Interpretations

None at this time

Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd

Aeron Teverbaugh

News Updates - February 8, 2012

2011 Residential Energy Code
compliance guides now available

BCD recently produced 2011 Oregon Residential Energy Code guides to help comply with the energy provisions of the 2011 Oregon Residential Specialty Code. The guides include best practices, helpful hints, and general guidance for residential construction. A total of 18 guides, updates of the 2008 Oregon Department of Energy guides, cover frequently asked questions, insulation methods, lighting and HVAC compliance, envelope trade-offs, and more. Guide No. 16, which provides examples of how to show energy code information on plans, is coming soon. The guides are available on BCD's energy and residential program pages, as well as the publications page.

Public hearing in Manzanita

There will be a public hearing in Manzanita to receive comments on the city's request for delegation of its electrical program. Tillamook County currently covers electrical inspections for the city of Manzanita. The city requested delegation of the program on Aug. 29. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Manzanita City Council chambers. If you are interested in commenting on the delegation request, but cannot attend the hearing, you can submit written comments until Friday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. The division will use comments received to make a final determination on the delegation request. If you have questions, contact Aeron Teverbaugh at 503-373-1354 or aeron.teverbaugh@state.or.us.

Free Training on COMcheck and the 2010
Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC)

Mark Campion, a policy analyst with green building services at BCD, is available to train code officials, architects, engineers, builders, contractors, and developers on the use of the COMcheck compliance software for commercial buildings. He will customize the training to your specific interests, including envelope, lighting, mechanical, or the different compliance paths. He will also answer questions on the 2010 OEESC. And the best part is there's no charge. Contact Mark at 503-378-4530 or mark.campion@state.or.us if you are interested.

Residential Reach Code Brown Bag Lunch training session

Learned all you can about the Reach Code commercial provisions? Want to find out how to use the residential provisions of the Reach Code? BCD will continue its Brown Bag Lunch Series with an overview of the Residential Reach Code. Join us Wednesday, Feb. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. when Mark Heizer will present on the three compliance paths with the differences and improvements over the 2011 ORSC Chapter 11 energy provisions. The one-hour session will include an overview of compatibility with third-party residential programs (Earth Advantage, LEED for Homes, Northwest Energy Star, Passive House) and updates on incentive programs. He will also cover how the permit process applies to Reach Code homes. Register now!

HB 3462 Specialized Inspector training update

Individuals seeking Specialized Final Inspector certification (SFI) will be able to begin applying for the training next month. The on-line course will begin on April 2, 2012. Prerequisites for the class include a current inspector certification through the International Code Council for structural or mechanical or a current Oregon Code Certified electrical or plumbing inspector certification. The SFI certification will certify an inspector to perform one- and two-family residential structural/mechanical, plumbing, and electrical final inspections where the electrical service is under 400 amps. Like previous specialized courses, the final inspector course will be offered through Chemeketa Community College's eLearn system during the spring term. Space is limited so contact Aeron Teverbaugh as soon as possible if you are interested in registering. If you have questions you can send them to aeron.teverbaugh@state.or.us.

Mid-cycle code amendment for the
2010 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC)

The amendment for Adult Foster Care Homes went to public hearing on Jan. 17, 2012, and became effective Feb. 1, 2012. This rule amends the OSSC to update construction standards for single-family residences used for adult foster care. The Department of Human Services requested that the OSSC be changed to delete the requirement that certain adult foster homes whose occupants may require assisted self-preservation be classified as SR-3 occupancies. The SR-3 occupancy requirement is in conflict with the ORS 443.760(1), which requires these homes to meet the state building code requirements applicable to single family dwellings, which are classified as R-3 occupancies under the OSSC. This amendment changes section 310.1 by deleting Group SR-3 occupancies.

Mid-cycle amendments to the
2010 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC)

The amendment for Accessibility Provisions went to public hearing on Sept. 19, 2011. The rule amends the OSSC to incorporate revised final regulations to Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act as published by the U.S. Department of Justice and Oregon-specific amendments. Additionally, this rule implements Section 5 of House Bill 3361 (2011), which provides accessibility requirements for clustered mailboxes. These amendments make substantive changes to OSSC Chapter 11. Amendments also include revisions to OSSC Chapters 9, 10, and 34. The rule and code amendments will be enforceable beginning March 1, 2012.

Administration changes at BCD

As you may know, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced that BCD Deputy Administrator Patrick Allen as the new director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) in December. BCD Administrator Mark Long then asked Scott Harra from DCBS to fill Pat's role as the acting deputy administrator of BCD. Harra's time here was brief, however, because he accepted a position with the Oregon State Treasurer as the chief administrative officer, starting Jan. 23. While the statewide hiring freeze does not allow us to immediately fill the deputy role, Chris Huntington will assist Mark Long with certain deputy duties, while continuing his role as policy manager, until a permanent deputy administrator can be appointed. In turn, Richard Rogers will assume some duties of the policy manager while he continues his role as structural program chief.

The good news is that just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. Our staff continues to value you as our stakeholders and we strive to serve you to the best of our ability, even amid our internal transitions. Contact us if you have any comments or questions.

Call for photos!

The division needs the good, the bad, and the ugly. We are looking for photographs and video of inspections. We need real-life examples of everyday code situations, common mistakes, or unique installations that would be helpful for training purposes. Help share your experiences with other inspectors and jurisdictions. Send us your photos in JPEG or MPEG format to localjurisdictioncontact.bcd@state.or.us. If you have questions, contact sherri.d.west@state.or.us.

Use of wood in commercial structures

The division occasionally receives questions about some of the issues and challenges associated with the use of wood in commercial construction. Some of the recurring questions and issues are:

  • Environmental and energy considerations with the use of wood in commercial structures
  • Issues associated with the use of wood in mid-rise buildings

The division has learned that WoodWorks is presenting a free, one-day regional Wood Solutions Fair at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. This full-day, educational conference is March 13, 2012, and offers topics such as:

  • Non-structural provisions of the IBC for wood design
  • Insulation technologies for better energy performance
  • Construction details for mid-rise wood buildings

The fair is designed for engineers, architects, code officials, and others with an interest in wood design, and it includes a trade exposition focused exclusively on the design of wood buildings.

For more information, visit WoodWorks.


Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the Electrical & 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 & Elevator Board.

Electrical License Suspensions/Revocations


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