Edition: Vol. 06, No. 9
Edition date: September 19, 2013

 

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

BCD Office Closures

None

 
BCD Events

None at this time

 
Meetings

Sept. 10: Board of Boiler Rules

Sept. 11: Mechanical Board

Sept. 26: Electrical and Elevator Board

October 2: Residential and Manufactured Structures Board

October 17: State Plumbing Board

October 22: Rulemaking Hearing

 
 
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 - September 19, 2013

Codes Committee Updates

Plumbing Code - Code Adoption Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) will begin October 1, 2013. Interested parties may submit code change proposals from October 1, 2013 through November 15, 2013. To review the public notice and listed criteria, please click on the above link. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OPSC is October 1, 2014. For additional information, please contact David Kloss, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488.

Electrical Code - Code Adoption Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) will begin October 1, 2013. Interested parties may submit code change proposals from October 1, 2013 through November 15, 2013. To review the public notice and listed criteria, please click on the above link. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OESC is October 1, 2014. For additional information, please contact Dennis Clements, Electrical Program Chief, at 503-378-4459.

One- and Two-Family Dwelling Specialty Code Process Begins
Oregon and the nation continue to experience slow economic growth, especially across the construction industry and outside of urban areas. In addition, to general concerns regarding the State of Oregon economy, the division is concerned with the frequency of regulatory changes impacting the construction industry. The pace of change can be disruptive and implementation costly to both government and industry. Building codes in Oregon are generally reviewed every 3 years.

For the upcoming review of the Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC), the division intends to adopt a new ORSC on October 1, 2014. This cycle's review will be a minor update of the ORSC. As part of the update we are clarifying current regulations and areas identified to the division that need improvement over the 2011 set of regulations and other minor changes to improve predictability, consistency, and reduce cost to Oregon consumers and businesses. The division will accept code change proposals to the 2011 ORSC from October 1, 2013 through December 1, 2013. Code proposals should be based on the 2011 ORSC and formatted to the 2011 ORSC for review and consideration. BCD anticipates that the next ORSC review year (2017) will be a major review including review of the new national model code.

The public notice will be available later this month. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 ORSC is October 1, 2014. For additional information, contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Lori Graham, Policy and Technical Services Manager, at 503-373-7755.

Structural Code
A public hearing for the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) was held 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 contact: Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Steve Judson, P.E., Facilities Engineer, at 503-378-4635.

Mechanical Code
A public hearing for the 2014 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC) was held 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 503-373-0205.

Energy Code
A public hearing for the 2014 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) was held 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 503-373-0205.

EV-Ready Residential Pilot Is a Go!

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 had until September 3, 2013 to submit to BCD a non-binding letter of interest in hosting the pilot program. Jurisdictions responded with letters of interest. Later this fall, interested jurisdictions will be invited to submit an application. The jurisdiction will be selected for the EV-ready pilot based on the strength of the local public process and "regulatory incentives" identified. BCD will then contact the selected jurisdictions with next steps.

For more information on the EV-ready pilot program, contact Gabrielle Schiffer at 503-373-7415.

Major remodels are a great opportunity
to increase building performance


Demolition work in the ODOT Building - Credit: ODOT

Check out the latest post on the Better Buildings for Oregon blog. It focuses on the remodel of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) building in Salem and the various strategies used to reduce energy and water use.

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Enforcement

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.

Plumbing Conditioned Licenses

Plumbing Final Orders


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