Edition: Vol. 02, No. 19
Edition date: December 4, 2009

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

BCD Office Closures

Holiday: Friday, December 25, 2009

Holiday: Friday, January 1, 2010

Board meetings

December 9: Building Codes Structures Board meeting

December 17: State Plumbing Board meeting

Public meetings and hearings

December 16: Rulemaking hearings

December 17: Solar Energy Code Committee

December 30: Solar Energy Code Committee


News Updates - December 4, 2009

2010 Oregon Energy Efficiency, Structural, and
Mechanical Specialty Codes effective July 1st

The division is adopting a new energy code based on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). After having an "Oregon-unique" energy code for many years as part of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC), the division is moving to the adoption of a stand-alone energy code. To accomplish this, BCD brought together a diverse group of people representing a broad spectrum of interests and experience. After several months of work, and after further consultation with the Oregon Commercial Energy Conservation Advisory Committee and other interested parties, the division is nearing completion of a code that represents the best overall product. This code will also help the division meet its statutory obligation for improvements in energy efficiency of at least 15 percent in the commercial structural code (Senate Bill 79). The division continues to work on completion of the new code and hopes to have a draft available by the end of the year, which is slightly later than originally anticipated. This will result in a small delay in the effective date of the energy code.

The 2010 OSSC, Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC), and the Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) were all planned for an April 1, 2010 effective date. The OMSC and OSSC are on target. However, the OEESC may not be ready by that date. The division has determined that all three codes need to be adopted at the same time. Because the provisions in the three codes are integrated, different adoption dates would result in confusion to users and create unnecessary work. To ensure sufficient time to complete work on the energy code, the effective dates for the OSSC, OMSC, and OEESC have been delayed to July 1, 2010. The division still anticipates the books for the OMSC and OSSC being available in the spring of 2010.

For further information, contact structural program chief Richard Rogers at 503-378-4472 or richard.rogers@state.or.us, or mechanical specialist, Micheal Ewert at 503-373-7529 or mike.d.ewert@state.or.us.

Comment Period Extended for the Rules Adopting 2010 OSSC

The division held a rulemaking hearing on November 18, 2009 for the rules relating to the adoption of the 2010 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC). During the open comment period, the division received requests to extend the comment deadline to allow for more public input on the rulemaking. As a result of these requests, the division granted an extension for an additional 21 days to 5 p.m. on December 11, 2009. All comments regarding the proposed code and draft rules must be received in the division's office by this new deadline. No other comments will be accepted after this date.

Please read the notice of extension for more information on the process, including links to the proposed code and draft rules.

To submit comments or if you have any questions, please contact division rules coordinator Shauna Parker at 503-373-7438 or shauna.m.parker@state.or.us, or structural program chief Richard Rogers at 503-378-4472 or richard.rogers@state.or.us.

New faces at the Building Codes Division

We would like to keep you updated on the new executive members of the BCD team. We have two new faces at BCD, our new acting deputy administrator, Berri Leslie and our new legislative and green building services manager, Andrea Fogue.

Leslie has been busy with her new position at BCD since October. She comes to us from the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Finance and Corporate Securities (DFCS), where she has most recently been managing the division's implementation of 2008 federal mortgage lending legislation. Prior to that, Leslie was manager of Licensing and Administration at the Consumer Services Division of the state of Washington's Department of Financial Institutions. Before moving to Washington, she worked for six years at DFCS. She has a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Portland, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon. Leslie brings experience working with a wide array of stakeholders, as well as experience dealing with a system of boards and commissions and managing a similar budget to BCD in both dollars and number of staff.

Fogue has just taken on her position at the division this week. She comes to us from the League of Oregon Cities, where she worked on legislative affairs for nearly 10 years. In her time at the League, Fogue also worked on a variety of energy issues and was their lead staffer for the Local Voices program, which helps connect local city representatives and citizens to decision makers in Salem. Prior to coming to Oregon, she worked for the Iowa version of the League.

You can reach Berri Leslie at berri.l.leslie@state.or.us or 503-373-7235 and Andrea Fogue at andrea.j.fogue@state.or.us or 503-378-4150.

ePermitting - Where are We Now?

The ePermitting team is creating the base template tool, the Oregon Permit Model (OPM), using Accela's product as a platform for the structure of the template. The OPM will be used as a foundation when the team develops systems for interested cities and counties. In other words, one system cannot be built that fits everyone's needs. The ePermitting team collected information common to building permit services around the state and will use it to construct the OPM. The next step is to get the template modified to fit the individual needs of cities and counties because their business practices can be very different.

A focus group assists the team in selecting and setting standards used to create the OPM. Many members of the ePermitting focus group come from the original Business Process Workgroup. They meet monthly to advise the ePermitting Team on issues like inspection codes, status codes, and permit numbering. This information will be available as a publication entitled the Guide to Full Service. The guide will outline jurisdiction considerations to becoming an ePermitting Full Service member.

To create a system that meets a jurisdiction's individual needs, the ePermitting team will carefully analyze and plan modifications to the OPM template's configuration and workflow. At this point you may be asking yourself what is the template's configuration and workflow? Configuration is the process of modifying the computer system to meet the permitting needs of the adopting city or county. Workflow is the life-cycle and process of each permit or project and determines what happens at each stage of the process. Look for more information on these technical terms in our next newsletter.

If you have questions or need more information please contact Lori Graham at lori.l.graham@state.or.us or 503-373-7755.

Regional Services Program makes presence known at conferences

A major benefit of the regional services program is placement of staff around the state, which helps with stakeholder issues and brings feedback and ideas from their local perspective back to Salem. As part of the continuing outreach to local jurisdictions, regional staff joined forces as a team to staff a BCD vendor booth at two recent conferences, the League of Oregon Cities and the Association of Oregon Counties.

Foot traffic past the booths provided numerous opportunities to establish new contacts or to renew relationships with stakeholders from all over the state. The team also used the event as a forum for dialogue discussing building codes in general, along with specific details on topics like BCD's initiatives on energy efficiency and the role of the regional program. Conference attendees included elected city and county officials, city managers, and county administrators as well as key planning department and public works staff.

Remember the regional coordinators are a voice for stakeholders, relaying information and connecting them to Salem. So if there are issues or concerns you would like to make known, please contact the coordinator for your area. They will either relay your message to the division or help you make contact with the appropriate BCD staff.


Board of Boiler Rules summary of enforcement cases
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 Board of Boiler Rules.

Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the State Electrical and 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 State Electrical and Elevator Board.

Final orders after hearing: These cases went to a contested case hearing. Each penalty assessment was reviewed and approved by the State Electrical and Elevator Board.

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