Edition: Vol. 06, No. 8
Edition date: August 14, 2013

 

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

BCD Office Closures

None

 
BCD Events

None at this time

 
Meetings

August 7: Building Codes Structures Board-Canceled

August 15: State Plumbing Board

August 20: Rulemaking Hearings

August 21: Construction Industry Energy Board-Canceled

Sept. 10: Board of Boiler Rules

Sept. 11: Mechanical Board

Sept. 17: Rulemaking Hearing

Sept. 26: Electrical and Elevator Board

 
 
Statewide Interpretations

6/21/2013: Escalator (moving walk) clean down and inspection schedule

 
 
Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd
@state.or.us

Contact:
Brett Salmon
503-373-7613

News Updates - August 14, 2013

EV-Ready Residential Pilot

According to the US Department of Energy, electric vehicle (EV) sales doubled in the first quarter of 2013 as compared to 2012. According to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), as of July 2013 there are 3,046 electric vehicles registered in Oregon. Given the increasing number of EVs registered in Oregon, Building Codes Division (BCD) has launched the EV-Ready Residential Pilot Program.

The article Piloting EV-Ready Residential Construction in the April 2013 edition of the newsletter described how BCD has worked to streamline and simplify installation of residential charging stations and introduced the concept of the EV-ready pilot. The purpose of the pilot program is to help identify the cost of a new requirement for builders and to test the idea of regulatory incentives to offset the cost of an EV-ready residential requirement.

The residential EV-ready pilot is one of the key recommendations in Energizing Oregon, the state's EV marketing plan. The plan was submitted to US DOE, the plan funder, in November 2011. Implementing the Energizing Oregon recommendations are part of the Governor's 10-Year Energy Action Plan.

On July 30, 2013, BCD emailed building officials statewide to gauge their level of interest in requiring EV-ready residential construction. Jurisdictions have until Tuesday, September 3, 2013 to submit to Gabrielle Schiffer a non-binding letter of interest in hosting the pilot program. BCD will notify local jurisdictions that express interest in the EV-ready residential pilot. A selection committee will choose the jurisdiction for the EV-ready pilot based on the strength of the local public process and "regulatory incentives" identified.

Check out the US DOE's data report on electric vehicle sales.

For more information on the EV-ready pilot program, contact Gabrielle Schiffer at 503-373-7418.

Oregon's Electric Vehicle Sales Continue to Grow

Oregon continues to be among the top 10 markets in the country for electric vehicle (EV) sales and charger installations. The Driver and Motor Vehicles Services Division (DMV) car registration records show that the number of EVs sold in Oregon exceeds 3,000 - nearly half of those sales occurring in the first six months of this year. The map below shows the distribution of EVs around the state by county.


Click to view a larger image. Credit: ODOT

Oregon's jump in EV sales is reflected in national sales figures. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales went from 17,000 in 2011 to about 52,000 in 2012, to more than 40,000 during the first six months of 2013, roughly double the number sold in the same period in 2012.

Also, potential car buyers now have a new tool to compare the cost of fueling with electricity versus gasoline. Launched in July, the eGallon website shows prices for all 50 states. Because Oregon has some of the lowest electricity rates in the country, an eGallon in Oregon computes to less than one dollar (compared to Oregon's current average price for gasoline, $3.82 [as of 8/8/13]).

By supporting EV use and mobility, Oregon has gained national attention and federal money. In 2011, ODOT received approximately $3 million from the Federal Highway Administration to help install 33 EV fast-charging stations along Oregon's portion of the West Coast Electric Highway (aka Interstate 5). During a speech at the recent EV Roadmap 6 Conference, Oregon's top Federal Highway Administration official announced that because of the state's efforts to boost EV usage and the growth of EV-related industries, the federal government has singled out the state for additional support. Ashley Horvat, Gov. John Kitzhaber's chief EV officer and lead along with Drive Oregon of the "Energizing Oregon" Coalition, indicated that any additional federal funds would allow the state to move forward on several fronts that include increasing workplace charging, improving signage to locate charging stations, providing support for EV tourism, and a variety of pilot projects.

Codes Committee Updates

Structural Code
The 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) is scheduled for public hearing on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. The code has an anticipated effective date of April 1, 2014. If you would like to review the committee's approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents please view the committee website.

For additional code information please contact:
Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at Richard.Rogers@state.or.us or 503-378-4472 or Steve Judson, P.E., Facilities Engineer, at Steven.W.Judson@state.or.us or 503-378-4635.

Mechanical Code
The 2014 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC) is scheduled for public hearing on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. The code has an anticipated effective date of April 1, 2014. If you would like to review the committee's approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents please view the committee website.

For additional information please contact:
Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at Mark.R.Heizer@state.or.us or 503-373-0205.

For additional public hearing information please contact:
Rich Baumann, Policy Analyst, at Richard.J.Baumann@state.or.us or 503-373-7559.

Energy Code
The 2014 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) is scheduled for public hearing on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. If you would like to review the committee's approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents please view the committee website.

For additional information please contact:
Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at Mark.R.Heizer@state.or.us or 503-373-0205.

For additional public hearing information please contact:
Rich Baumann, Policy Analyst, at Richard.J.Baumann@state.or.us or 503-373-7559.

Plumbing Code and Electrical Codes
The division has begun discussion regarding the code adoption process of the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) based on the 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code; and the 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) based on the 2012 National Electrical Code.

The division is considering a change in the effective adoption date from April 1, 2014 to October 1, 2014 for both codes to allow more time for industry review of code changes during the code adoption process.

For additional information for the OPSC please contact:
David Kloss, Chief Plumbing Inspector, at David.D.Kloss@state.or.us or 503-373-7488.

For additional information for the OESC please contact:
Dennis Clements, Chief Electrical Inspector, at Dennis.L.Clements@state.or.us or 503-378-4459.

Enforcement

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 and Elevator Board.

Conditioned License

Suspensions and Revocations


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