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Green Building & Sustainable Construction

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Building Codes Division (BCD) created a green building and sustainable construction team in April 2008 to provide a single point of contact on the growing interests surrounding high performance construction for Oregon. BCD's Green Building Initiative is focusing on:

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What We Provide
Oregon Smart Guides
Statewide Alternate Methods (SAMs)
Related Statutes & Rules
Related Codes
Helpful Links

 
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Contact

Green Building Sustainability Coordinator
Gabrielle Schiffer
503-373-7418
Gabrielle.M.Schiffer@state.or.us

What we provide
  • A single point of contact for contractors, local government and consumers
  • Training and education on new technologies for both builders and local government
  • Best practice information (Oregon Smart Guides) to help consumers and local government put new technologies and methods into action
  • Solutions to regulatory challenges for sustainable construction specifically in the areas of new materials and products
  • Construction standards for sustainable construction practices that position Oregon as a center for innovation both nationally and internationally
Oregon Smart Guides

Electric Vehicle Charging at Home
Rainwater Harvesting
Water Conservation Systems

   
Statewide Alternate Methods (SAMs)

Statewide Alternate Methods (SAMs) to the building code that support green building and sustainable construction technology and practices:

Related Statutes & Rules

Statutes and rules related to green building technology and practices:

  • SB 79 - approved in 2009, directs the division to reduce energy use in residential and commercial construction
  • HB 2950 - created the Construction Industry Energy Advisory Board to streamline adoption of innovative energy efficiency and green building standard, practices and products
  • Board decision allowing the installation of high performance boilers and pressure vessels built to internationally-recognized construction standards (approved 2009)
  • OAR 918-311-0080 - streamlines certification process for small scale wind turbines
  • OAR 918-311-0065 - permit and inspection protocols for EV charging stations
  • OAR 918-225-0445 and 6365 - allows the installation of high performance boilers and pressure vessels built to internationally-recognized construction standards
Related Oregon Codes

Oregon codes related to green building and sustainable construction technology and practices:

  • Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) became effective July 1, 2014 - reduces energy use in new commercial construction by more than 15% over the 2007 code
  • Oregon Reach Code (ORC) is an optional set of construction standards that reduces energy use in buildings beyond the requirements in the state’s mandatory codes
  • Oregon Solar Installation Specialty Code (OSISC) became effective October 1, 2010 - expedites the installation and permitting of photovoltaic (PV) systems
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