Edition: Vol. 07, No. 03
Edition date: March 20, 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

March 27: Electrical and Elevator Board - Canceled

April 17: State Plumbing Board

April 22: Rulemaking Hearing

April 24: Construction Industry Energy Board - Canceled

 
 
 
 
Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd
@state.or.us

Contact:
Brett Salmon
503-373-7613

News Updates - March 20, 2014

Division Proposes Changes to Certification
Education and Training Requirements

BCD is working on changes that will impact certified building officials and building inspectors. In the past, building officials and inspectors have received training and continuing education from a variety sources. BCD now plans to provide all required training directly with a goal to improve training quality and consistency.

The initial process is aimed at adding specific training requirements for new building officials, modifying continuing education requirements for building officials and inspectors, developing an application process for an inspector certification with non-traditional scope and expanding the scope of certain inspector certifications. Additionally, the division plans to eliminate the Specialized Solar Inspector Certification because the piloted certification is no longer needed. Phase I rules have been prepared and a public hearing was held March 18, 2014 and will close on Friday, March 21, 2014.

We anticipate a broader discussion later this year to review substantive changes to the certification rules. That process will include a stakeholder committee that will be named later. For more detailed information on these rule changes, contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Rich Baumann, Policy Analyst, at 503-373-7559.

2014 Code-Change Training Information

The 2013 Oregon Legislature passed a series of bills that impacted how inspectors are trained and obtain their continuing education classes. Building Codes Division (BCD) plans to take a more direct role in providing both the training and continuing education of inspectors. BCD has filed administrative rules to change the training process for inspectors (see article above). 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 electrical, mechanical, plumbing, residential and structural codes.

Code-change training will begin with the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC). 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.

BCD will announce mechanical and energy code-change courses soon. The division has created a new Training Program website that lists all of the training activities and 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.

Changes for Building Code Adoption Cycle

Thirteen codes comprise Oregon's state building code and are updated regularly to keep pace with changes in construction practices and new technology. Like many other building code programs around the country, the Building Codes Division (BCD) adopts national model codes with state-specific amendments on a three-year cycle. BCD has decided to extend the cycle for adopting national code to six years, with an interim code amendment process every three years to help Oregon's construction industry and local building inspection programs recover from the recession.

Changing the national model code-cycle to six years will save money for local building inspection programs because they will not need to purchase new code books as often. Extending the national code-cycle will also reduce the required training hours for local plan review and inspection staff. An extension in the code-cycle will also benefit builders because of the reduction in the constant cycle of changes in three-year code cycles.

The three-year interim code amendment process will focus entirely on existing Oregon code. This interim process will help clarify confusing code provisions and update safety or new technology requirements. BCD will provide supplemental code change pages to insert into existing codebooks during this code-cycle.

Here's an example of how the new code update cycle will work:

  • The 2014 Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) is an update of the 2011 ORSC and has an October 1, 2014 effective date. This is considered a three year interim code amendment.

  • The 2017 ORSC update will be based on national model code with Oregon amendments. This will be considered a six year national model code-cycle.

For additional information, please contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Andrea Simmons, Policy and Technical Services Manager, at 503-373-2160.

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

For additional information, please contact Rich Baumann, Policy Analyst, at 503-373-7559 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 17, 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 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.

For additional code information, please 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.

For additional information, please contact Mark Heizer, P.E., Mechanical & Energy 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.

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

BCD Staff Update

Rex Turner
Rex Turner has accepted a new position within BCD as the new Structural Program Chief. He has already worked as a regional coordinator with BCD for past 18 months and brought wonderful experience with him having worked as a building official in Klamath County and as a construction project manager. Rex is very knowledgeable and exemplifies the division's customer service philosophy. Please congratulate Rex on his new role within the division. If you have any questions for him, please contact Rex Turner at 503-373-7755.

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.

Electrical License Suspensions and Revocations

Conditioned Electrical Licenses

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 license suspensions


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