Edition: Vol. 07, No. 04
Edition date: April 21, 2014

 

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

BCD Office Closures

None at this time

 
BCD Events

None at this time

 
Meetings

April 23: State Plumbing Board

April 24: Construction Industry Energy Board - Canceled

May 7: Building Codes Structures Board

May 9: Residential and Manufactured Structures Board

May 20: Rulemaking Hearing

May 22: Electrical and Elevator Board

 
 
 
 
Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd
@state.or.us

Contact:
Brett Salmon
503-373-7613

News Updates - April 21, 2014

AN OPEN LETTER TO OREGON BUILDING OFFICIALS

Over the last several years, the division has heard customers, contractors, and local officials express a desire to improve Oregon’s inspector training and certification system. Although building programs throughout Oregon have unique geographic needs, BCD received numerous comments that apply everywhere in the state. Those comments include: affordability and availability of inspectors, inadequate candidate pools, need for specialized trainings customized to an area, and the use of technology to enhance training and inspection service delivery. The division is working to address the current and future needs of the 100 plus local entities providing inspection services in Oregon. The division knows that making changes to a system more than 40 years old is difficult and so we are trying to consider many different perspectives as we move forward.

Recently, the division took an initial step toward greater flexibility while enhancing the training experience. On April 1, 2014, the division adopted new rules that expand the scope of residential inspection certifications to include all buildings defined as low-rise residential. This change and others (e.g. eliminating the need for a separate solar inspector certification) will reduce paperwork and allow local government managers greater flexibility to provide timely customer service.

As we move forward, it is important to remember that a national or state certification does not mean an inspector has all of the necessary skills to perform a specific task. Now, more than ever, local officials and managers must ensure that their inspectors have adequate skills to perform the necessary duties. The division is available to assist local building officials with training and to evaluate the skills of current or prospective employees. We also expect other training opportunities will become available to enhance the workforce as we shift to a single provider model for continuing education.

The division has developed a set of live classes available in multiple regions of the state. The division will offer these classes and other training services during this transition at no or minimal charge. This fall, the division plans a major rewrite of the training and certification rules. Once complete, a pricing structure will be developed. Please take a moment to review the latest rule change and let us know if you have questions or comments. BCD’s regional coordinators are available for input on future training needs and improvements to the rules.

We know that change is difficult and the transition will present us all with challenges. However, we believe the time is right to move our system forward preparing our organizations for the future demands of our customers and we look for your assistance, support and input.

Mark S. Long
Administrator, Building Codes Division

 

Certification-Training Update

The division adopted a set of “first step” certification rule changes to assist local building officials meet their inspection obligations. The following overview summarizes the changes related to training.

Building Official Training. Training is now required for all individuals identified as the designated building official for a jurisdiction. Additional training will be required when necessary based on changes to rule, statute, or other matters of importance to local government. Last fall, all designated building officials attended one or more of the required classes offered by the state. Any further requirements will be communicated as necessary. An individual appointed to a new or different jurisdiction as a designated B.O will need to attend training within 6 months of hire. This requirement does not impact any current B.O. unless they change employment status.

Customized Training Program. New rules adopted allow a custom inspection certification, or “authorization to inspect,” based on the needs of a particular jurisdiction. Custom training and certification approaches allow the state to authorize individuals to perform work based on a specific need. For example, an individual could be authorized to perform work that exceeds the scope of a residential inspector, but which does not rise to the full scope of an A-level. Custom approvals are situational to a specific need. Building officials that have questions about custom approvals should contact their BCD regional coordinator.

Continuing Education Requirements. The new rules eliminate the “tracked hours” system and redefine the state’s continuing education requirements as a “completion of class” system. Inspectors and plan examiners are required to attend a state-provided class (or classes depending on the number of certifications) to fulfill the state requirements, Classes will be based on the frequency and complexity of code changes rather than a minimum number of hours.

Cross Training Programs. The new rules encourage the use of cross training to meet local government needs. Because required training and education of inspectors is moving toward a single- provider model, the state is now offering cross training classes to local building officials. The format of the cross training program has changed and will continue to improve over time toward an efficient one-step application, training and examination process.

Definition of “Residential Structure”. The new rules expand the scope of all residential certifications. Now, inspectors with residential inspector certifications can inspect all buildings defined as “low-rise residential” under the Low-Rise Residential Dwelling Code. They can also inspect the installation inspection of manufactured dwellings.

Work for Electrical/Plumbing Inspectors. The new rules provide new flexibility for building officials in order to better utilize their workforce. Electrical inspectors may now inspect any portion of a solar photovoltaic installation up to 25 KW. Plumbing inspectors may now inspect any portion of a solar water heating installation up to 180 gallons of storage tank capacity.

Please Note: Regardless of the changes above, building officials should use their discretion before sending out an inspector to perform inspection duties for which they have not had adequate training or education for the type of inspection being performed.

The division looks forward to working with building officials and inspectors to implement these changes. This is the first phase of a more broad-based approach to improving the quality and providing more consistent statewide application of the building code.

If you have any question about the implementation of these changes please contact Wendy Beard, Training Program Manager, at 503-378-2716.

Reminder to sign up for 2014 Code-Change Training

Last month the division announced upcoming changes to how continuing education is provided to inspectors and building officials. In order to assist building officials and inspectors meet the new state code-change training requirements, BCD has developed a new curriculum and is offering 2014 code-change classes for the upcoming codes. The following training combines code changes for the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC), Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC), and Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC).

Registration is on a first come first served basis, so please register early. To ensure space, registration prior to May 1 is recommended. The division has added a new date for the 2014 training (see below). The training dates/locations are listed below:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Blue Mtn. Community College, Pendleton
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Local 290 Training Center, Redmond
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
PGE Education Center, Wilsonville
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Jackson County Library, Medford
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
PUC, Tillamook
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 12, 2014
PGE Education Center, Wilsonville
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

NEW - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Willamalane Center, Springfield
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The division will provide a 2014 OSSC Code Change Class online for those who cannot attend the live trainings. Information regarding the online training will be available in June 25, 2014.

The division has created a new Training Program website that lists all of the upcoming training opportunities. Please visit the website for upcoming trainings and to sign-up for training notifications.

If you have questions or need training assistance, please contact John Powell at 503-378-2741 or Dana Fischer at 503-373-7509.


Division offers a Residential Plumbing Cross Training Course

In response to a growing statewide need for cross trained inspectors, the Building Codes Division is offering an online Residential Plumbing Cross Training Course to OIC certified individuals. The course begins Tuesday, May 27th at 7:00 a.m. The course is anticipated to last between five and six weeks. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Please visit the Training Program website to view the complete class details and to register for the training course.

For more information, please contact Andy Skinner, 503-373-7488 or Dana Fischer, 503-373-7509.

ePermitting Training for Contractors

ePermitting continue to expand to more local building departments. This summer, Veneta, Dallas, Jackson, Polk, and Lincoln Counties will join 18 other local jurisdictions offering full ePermitting services. Contractors are increasingly able to receive building permits 24/7. Participating jurisdictions provide:

• Online access to apply, pay for, and receive building permits 24/7
• Automated inspection scheduling by phone or computer
• Comprehensive permit tracking and data collection
• Electronic plan submission and review

Jerod Broadfoot is the division’s new ePermitting Training and Outreach Coordinator. The division is partnering with ePermitting jurisdictions, state and local construction trade associations, and businesses to provide training on how to register for and use the ePermitting system. Jerod also offers additional training to local jurisdictions on use of electronic field inspections as well as Electronic Document Review (EDR).

Anyone wishing to host or receive this training is encouraged to email Jerod Broadfoot or call at 541-240-1256. The free training takes approximately one hour, walks individuals through registration, associating their professional licenses to their account, applying, paying for and receiving building permits. Upcoming training locations include:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Redmond City Hall Conference Room A
716 SW Evergreen Ave.
Redmond, OR 97756

Jackson County – TBA

Mid-Columbia Council of Governments – TBA

Code Change Updates

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty Code
Adoption Process Begins

The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty Code (OBPVSC) began April 1, 2014. Interested parties may submit code change proposals through May 15, 2014. The code adoption and amendment process is summarized here. If you are interested in becoming a member of the code review committee, click here. Committee meetings will begin in June 2014. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OBPVSC is January 1, 2015.

For additional information, please contact Tyler Larson, Policy Analyst, at 503-373-1227 or Kevin Perdue, Boiler Program Chief, at 503-373-7499.

Residential Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) began October 1, 2013 and the only meeting was held on February 19, 2014. The Residential and Manufactured Structures Board is scheduled to review the recommended changes on May 9, 2014. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014 and the anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 ORSC is October 1, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Rex Turner, Structural Program Chief, at 503-373-7755.

Plumbing Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) began October 1, 2013, and the final meeting was held on February 26, 2014. The State Plumbing Board is scheduled to review the recommended changes on April 20, 2014. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OPSC is October 1, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Andy Skinner, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488.

Electrical Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) began October 1, 2013. The Electrical and Elevator Board reviewed and approved the code change recommendations made by the OESC Committee on February 27, 2014. Approved code amendments will tentatively be available to the public on July 1, 2014 and the anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OESC is October 1, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Shawn Haggin, Electrical Program Assistant Chief, at 503-378-5838.

Structural Specialty Code
The public process is complete and the publisher is reviewing the draft code. The code has an anticipated effective date of July 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. There will be a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory. The provisions of the 2014 OSSC will become mandatory October 1, 2014.

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 Specialty Code
The public process is complete and the publisher is reviewing the draft code. The code has an anticipated effective date of July 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. There will be a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory. The provisions of the 2014 OMSC will become mandatory October 1, 2014.

For additional information please contact Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

Energy Efficiency Specialty Code
The public process is complete and the publisher is reviewing the draft code. The code has an anticipated effective date of July 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. There will be a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory. The provisions of the 2014 OEESC will become mandatory October 1, 2014.

For additional information please contact Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.


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