News Updates - November 5, 2008
How the IEBC (with Oregon amendments) works
The Web based course on the IEBC as a statewide alternate method
is scheduled for next week on November 12th and 13th. The course
will be presented in two parts, the first 2 hour segment will
be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday and the second 2 hours
will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. If you would like
up for the course, please do so before noon on Monday, November
Your computer connection must have a DSL or cable connection
(or a network equivalent to these). You must have Microsoft Windows
2000 or better and Internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 1.5 or higher.
The platform will also work with Apple Macs. You must have speakers
or earphones and a soundcard for the audio portion of the course,
along with a microphone to participate in the discussion by asking
questions. We suggest that you have the earphone/microphone combination
with a USB connection for the best audio results. If your microphone
and speakers are separate connections we may have a more difficult
time with your audio, but it should still work. Please contact
Sherri West for more information or with questions about your
equipment at 503-373-7509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Governors climate change agenda and building in Oregon
On October 27, 2008, Governor Ted Kulongoski announced his climate
change agenda at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) Center
for Health and Healing, the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) platinum certified building in the state and the
nation. If approved, the comprehensive series of proposed legislation
will help Oregon lead the nation on sustainable development and
Portions of this climate change agenda and the proposed legislative
concepts connected to it are aimed at providing local government
with the tools to help homeowners and businesses lower and manage
their energy bills. The legislation would create methods to help
finance energy efficiency upgrades and support piloting a 'feed-in-tariff'
program similar to a German program that led to the installation
of more than 2,500 megawatts of solar electricity. The agenda
also includes the goal of developing net-zero energy use building
codes, expanding the Business Energy Tax Credit program, and developing
energy performance certificates for homebuyers.
Statewide alternate method rulings
With the series of statewide alternate method (SAM) rulings that
the division has been issuing, we wanted to remind everyone that
SAMs have the same effect as code. ORS
Alternate methods allow individuals to incorporate methods and
materials not otherwise covered by the building code. Before issuing
an alternate method ruling, the division asks the appropriate
advisory board to approve the technical and scientific facts behind
the method or material. If the administrator approves the alternate
method and issues a ruling, the alternate method applies throughout
the state. Applying an alternate method statewide helps maintain
uniformity, gives predictability, and prevents having to reinvent
the wheel for approved alternate methods.
Jurisdictions cannot require a builder to use a SAM, but if a
builder chooses to build to a statewide alternate method, jurisdictions
must accept it. OAR
918-008-0110 As always, jurisdictions have the option of issuing
a site-specific alternate method when it is appropriate.
Frequently asked questions regarding moisture content of wood
The 2008 Oregon Residential Specialty Code requires that contractors
or owner-builders provide the local jurisdiction with a written
acknowledgement of the moisture content of wood framing members.
Due to confusion over enforcement of this provision, the division
adopted a temporary rule in July followed by a permanent code
amendment, effective October 1, 2008, to clarify and simplify
the compliance process. Since the adoption of this temporary rule,
certain questions have persisted regarding what is required under
this new code provision. The division has developed a document
that answers the most commonly asked questions concerning this
moisture content requirement. This
document is available online at the division's Web site.
Regional Program Services
Regional Coordinators are on the move
From being invited by the southern chapter of building officials
to participate in a roundtable with Jackson County homebuilders,
to making presentations to staff members of Hood River County
and the City of Hood River on the new ePermitting system, the
Regional Program Services (RPS) team is on the move. The regional
coordinators have been out in the field, touching base with local
building departments and their customers. The idea of the RPS
is to improve communication between BCD and those involved in
the building industry throughout the state. The regional coordinators
have taken on this challenge and they are building a reputation
for listening and working with the people in their regions.
Just look at their activities in the next week! They will be:
visiting Miranda Homes' manufacturing facility to see greener
methods of constructing homes
headed to Klamath Falls to speak to a crowd of local homebuilders
and touch base with a variety of people
speaking at the Community Green Building Conference in Bend;
visiting the north coast to meet with several jurisdictions
These folks just don't sit still!
Business Process Workgroup forges ahead
In the last days of October, the ePermitting team gathered with
a group of permit specialists from across the state. This group
hoped to start gathering information and reviewing what permitting
practices are used by different jurisdictions. The amazing thing
they discovered was the similarity in methods used to process
permits. But they also found the terminology used by different
jurisdictions is not the same.
You may wonder why it matters what people call things. When the
ePermitting team begins assembling the actual system, they want
everyone to understand the words they use to describe what they
are talking about. A common language will be an important part
of making the system universal.
Another goal of the workgroup is to help define the steps needed
to acquire a permit. When do you charge a fee or take a deposit?
How many times does an inspector need to look at the project?
The ePermitting team is digging into and getting the details on
these types of questions. In an effort to do this, the team is
meeting weekly with several task force groups. Each task force
is focused on key content areas relevant to the permitting process.
They will also be making site visits driven by questions that
come up during this information gathering. All of this work will
benefit the creation of an ePermitting system geared to work for
The deadline for jurisdictions to submit a letter
of interest for the new system has been extended to December
19, 2008. With all the interest in learning more about the
new ePermitting system, the scheduling of regional demonstrations
and informational meetings needed to be broadened. If your jurisdiction
is interested in learning more about the new statewide ePermitting
system, please contact Patrick Allen at 503-378-2872 or email@example.com.