Edition: Vol. 07, No. 09
Edition date: September 26, 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

Sept. 10: Mechanical Board - Canceled

Sept. 25: Electrical and Elevator Board

Oct. 7: Board of Boiler Rules

Oct. 10: Residential and Manufactured Structures Board - Canceled

Oct. 16: State Plumbing Board

Oct. 30: Construction Industry Energy Board and Mechanical Board

 
 
Statewide Interpretations

None

 
 
Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd
@state.or.us

Contact:
Brett Salmon
503-373-7613

News Updates - September 26, 2014

2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) Changes
*Optional Training*
Includes required OESC and OPSC Code Change
updates for residential-only inspectors

The ORSC Code-change course is an optional training that any residential inspector or plans examiner could attend to complete OESC or OPSC code change training for their certification. This class will meet all of your required code change requirements for residential structures in one four hour session. It is specifically designed to limit the number of hours in the class room for those individuals who are cross trained to perform both residential electrical and plumbing inspections. A cross trained individual in residential plumbing and electrical programs can get their required code change training done in four hours through this class instead of taking the OESC and OPSC courses separately. We encourage you to sign up now!

The first half of the course will cover changes to the electrical and plumbing requirements for residential structures.

Significant electrical code change topics will include:
• Installation and protection of NM cable
• Discussion of grounding and bonding requirements

Significant plumbing code change topics will include:
• Solar thermal installations
• Horizontal wet venting
• Air Admittance Valves (AAV)
• Repairs to existing sewer lines using ASTM F1216
• Scope of residential CAP certification changes

The second half of the course is optional (structural/mechanical and residential inspectors are not required by the division to attend a code change class). The class will cover the most significant changes to the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) which becomes effective October 1, 2014. Instructors will address the following changes:

• Determination for flood plan construction

• Deck Anchorage

• Permit exemptions

• Drainage Plane

• Investigative fees

• Mini-Split Systems

• Wireless Alarms

• Safety Glazing

• Structural and mechanical changes

• Stairs / Landings

This course is scheduled for a single live class in the Portland metro area and two online webinars hosted on the division’s website. The division does have capacity for up to 22 students in our classroom at BCD in Salem if the webinar option is not available for your inspectors.*

October 21
Webinar

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

October 28
Plumbers and Steamfitters – Local 290

20210 SW Teton Ave.
Tualatin, OR
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

October 29
Webinar

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

*(Note: The four hour OESC and OPSC courses also satisfy the residential electrical and plumbing inspector and plans examiner training requirements. If an individual has taken the four hour code change course for the OESC or OPSC already, they do not need to sign up for this residential course.)

The division encourages building officials to register their residential inspection staff for this course. Please contact Dana Fischer, Training Program Support Coordinator, at 503-373-7509.

Code Change Updates

Structural Specialty Code Became Effective July 1
The 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) is published and available for purchase. The three-month period where the code is effective, but not mandatory, ends on September 30, 2014. The Oregon amendments are available at the following links:

All new Oregon Amendments adopted during the code promulgation process for the 2014 OSSC.

Oregon Amendments in their entirety, both the new amendments from the 2014 OSSC and the existing amendments from the 2010 OSSC.

For additional code information, contact Rex Turner, Structural Program Chief, at 503-373-7755 or Steve Judson, P.E., Facilities Engineer, at 503-378-4635.

The energy provisions of the 2014 OSSC are also published and available for purchase as the 2014 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC). These provisions went through a separate committee. Their approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents are available on the committee webpage.

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

Mechanical Specialty Code Became Effective July 1
The 2014 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC) is published and available for purchase. The three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory ends September 30, 2014. The Oregon amendments are available at the following links:

All new Oregon Amendments adopted during the code promulgation process for the 2014 OMSC.

Oregon Amendments in their entirety, both the new amendments from the 2014 OMSC and the existing amendments from the 2010 OMSC.

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

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty Code
Adoption Process Continues

The code adoption process for the 2015 Oregon Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty Code (OBPVSC) began April 1, 2014. The Board of Boiler Rules is scheduled to review the recommendations made by the committee on October 7, 2014. More information on the committee recommendations is available on the committee webpage. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2015 OBPVSC is January 1, 2015.

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

Residential Specialty Code Adoption Process Completed
The 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) becomes effective October 1, 2014. The 2014 ORSC is based upon the 2011 ORSC with additional amendments. The 2014 ORSC insert pages for the 2011 ORSC are available for download on the division’s website. In addition, ICC is producing a downloadable PDF version and an integrated online version of the 2014 ORSC which should be available soon.

For additional information, 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 Completed
The 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) becomes effective October 1, 2014. The 2014 OPSC is based upon the 2011 OPSC with additional amendments. New Oregon amendments in the 2014 OPSC are available on the division’s website.

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

Electrical Specialty Code Adoption Process is Completed
The 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) goes into effect on October 1, 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Oregon amendments to the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code are captured in Table 1-E. The table was finalized at the most recent Electrical and Elevator Board meeting (9/25/14). To ensure your inspectors are using the final version, please download the latest table for your electrical inspector staff.

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

Product Installer Certifications - UPDATE

The Building Codes Division is clarifying that the ACI 318-2011 AAI Certification or any other manufacturer product installer certifications are not adopted as part of the State Building Code and are unenforceable under ORS Chapter 455 or by any municipality operating a building program under ORS 455.148 and ORS 455.150.

Recently, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) implemented a new Adhesive Anchor Installer (AAI) Program for the current version of ACI Standard 318-2011, Building Code requirements for Structural Concrete. ACI 318-2011 is the current standard for structural concrete in the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code. Section D.9.2.2 of this standard requires the Adhesive Anchor Installer (AAI) to be certified to perform horizontal or overhead installations of an adhesive anchoring system. OAR 918-008-0000(2) states:

“Unless required by law, matters generally not authorized for inclusion in a specialty code or referenced standard include, but are not limited to: licensing or certification requirements, or other qualifications and standards for businesses or workers; structures or equipment maintenance requirements; matters covered by federal or state law; and matters that conflict with other specialty codes or publications adopted by the department.”

For further information, please contact Rex Turner, Structural Program Chief at (503) 373-7755 or Steve Judson, P.E., BCD Facilities Engineer at (503) 378-4472.

ePermitting Update

The ePermitting community continues to grow! As of September 2014, there are 27 cities and counties using all the features of ePermitting:

Aurora

Jackson County

MCCOG

Baker City/County

Jefferson County

Milwaukie

Coos Bay

Junction City

Polk County

Cottage Grove

Lane County

Redmond

Dallas

Lake Oswego

Sisters

Deschutes County

Lebanon

Springfield

Florence

Lincoln City

Talent

Happy Valley

Malheur County

West Linn

Harney County

Marion County

Veneta

By the end of 2014, the following jurisdictions will also join the ePermitting community:

Central Point

Lake County

Crook County

Lincoln County

Curry County

Newberg

Klamath County

Tillamook County

New ePermitting Options: ePermitting has also expanded options that allow jurisdictions to integrate Planning and Building onto the ePermitting system. These options include a no cost and low cost option for participating jurisdictions.

For more information on ePermitting, please contact Celina Patterson, ePermitting Manager at 503-373-0855.

Aging workforce provides challenges and opportunities

A recent survey of almost 4,000 code professionals from around the country found that more than 80 percent of code officials expect to retire within the next 15 year. More than 30 percent plan to retire within the next five years. To read more about the challenges and opportunities the aging of the code official workforce creates for local building departments go to the Better Buildings for Oregon blog.

If you have any questions, please contact Gabrielle Schiffer, Green Building Sustainability Coordinator at 503-373-7418

2015 Residential Electrical Training Course
(Formerly called Electrical Cross-Training)

This November, BCD plans to offer a Residential Electrical Training Course. The division will announce the start date for this course very soon. Please watch for an email notice and an update to the training webpage for the most current information.

Course Description: The course is designed to help students understand the codes and processes for performing electrical inspection of dwelling units covered by the Oregon Low-rise Residential Dwelling Code. The course is divided into six units that cover various components of electrical installations and inspections for residential units. Completion of all six units provides each student the opportunity to receive an Oregon residential electrical inspection authorization*.

*Based upon field training and approval of Building Official or Class Instructor.

Course Format:
• Students will attend a 2 hour class twice a week for approximately 16 weeks.
• Students may attend classes via webinar or attend the live class in Salem (students must choose one class type for the entire 16 weeks).
• During the 16 weeks, students will complete field inspection homework with the A-Level inspector in his/her own jurisdiction.
• Students who attend the live class at BCD’s Salem office may have the option to complete the field inspection homework with the A-Level inspector in his/her own jurisdiction or with BCD staff.
• Participation is limited to 25 slots for each webinar and to 20 in-person seats at BCD’s Salem office (total 45 participants).

Course Cost: $750.

Registration information coming soon.

Training Calendar At-A-Glance

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 License Suspensions and Revocations

Final Order after Hearing


Published by the State of Oregon Building Codes Division.
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