News Updates - October 6, 2010
Certification Renewal Reminder
All individuals certified to conduct plan reviews or inspections in Oregon should
have received a letter and renewal form for the Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC)
last month. If you or any of your staff did not receive these documents, please contact
the licensing staff at the number listed below. Renewal requires completion of a
renewal application and payment of the $125 renewal fee. Please be sure that BCD
receives your renewal and renewals for your staff by November 1, 2010. Certifications
not renewed by November 1, 2010 will expire and work requiring a certification cannot
be performed until the renewal is completed. If you have questions or need assistance,
please contact the licensing staff at 503-373-1268 or email them at email@example.com.
House Bill 3462 Certification Training Survey
House Bill 3462 was passed in 2009 and charged the Building Codes Division with
creating a pilot program for training and certifying specialized inspectors. These
inspectors will be authorized to perform broader specialty code inspections, which
will give local jurisdictions more flexibility in providing crucial inspection services.
The division has been working over the past year to implement the broad requirements
of this bill. Most recently, the division convened an advisory committee to help
develop the four initial specialized inspector certifications: Specialized Solar
PV, Specialized Plumbing, Specialized Electrical, and Specialized Systems. The Solar
PV and Specialized Plumbing certifications are tentatively set to be implemented
in the first part of 2011.
While these certifications are nearly complete, the division is seeking further
state-wide input on some final details related to training. A brief survey will be
emailed to all Oregon Building Officials on Monday October 11th. Please take the
time to complete this survey by Monday October 18th.
Your quick response is crucial to the success of this innovative program. If you
have any questions or concerns, please contact Policy Analyst, Trevor Johnson at
503-373-1354 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Policy Analyst, Jim Hanson at 503-373-1227 or email@example.com.
Support for the Oregon Solar Installation Specialty Code
The Oregon Solar Installation
Specialty Code became effective October 1. To accompany the code the division
is providing a few resources for installers and jurisdictions, which will help in
the administration and enforcement of the code. The division has developed a commentary
version of the code that will be available on-line for jurisdictions. The commentary
is a section-by-section explanation of the provisions of the code. It should act
to clarify the intent of the code, the considerations behind it, and how to implement
The code applies to commercial and residential installations alike. It contains
a streamlined permitting path for simple solar installations. The division has developed
a checklist for permitting simple prescriptive installations. Jurisdictions can modify
and utilize the checklist to assist their permitting and inspection staff.
The division also developed standards to accompany the code for local building departments
permitting and inspecting simple solar installations. We developed a consistent
fee methodology for permitting of solar systems structural components. The city
or county will establish a flat fee, for prescriptive installations and a fee schedule
for engineered systems using the valuation of the structural components. We hope
that this will provide predictability, encouraging installations. We have expanded
the methodology for figuring electrical
renewable energy permitting fees. We also have provided clarification for jurisdictions
reviewing plans for the
structural and electrical components of solar installations.
Over the past year, while the code was in development, a number of jurisdictions
looked toward the standards contained in the code. It fills a gap for local building
departments that were previously without a set of statewide standards for solar installations.
The division brought some minor last minute code changes to the Construction Industry
Energy Board. These minor changes have helped address some limitations and expanded
the usability of the code.
The solar code was developed without the benefit of a national model code. While
the 2010 version focuses on PV installations, rather than solar thermal or solar
hot water, future versions may address additional systems. We will need to rely on
the assistance of the jurisdictions to flag issues with administering and enforcing
the new code. We anticipate that the code will need to evolve as new issues are brought
If you have any feedback or encounter any issues please let us know so we can keep
this code moving in the right direction. Questions or additional information can
be presented to Aeron Teverbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 503-373-2160.
Residential Code & Plumbing Code head to the boards -
Electrical Code Change Committee expected to begin soon
The Oregon Residential Specialty Code and Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (ORSC and
OPSC) committees have completed their work on reviewing their respective codes.
The committee's recommendation will be considered by the State Plumbing Board at
the board's October 21st
meeting. Following the board's recommendation, a public hearing will be held on the
proposed draft code, in December. BCD expects the 2011 OPSC to become effective April
If you have questions or need further information regarding the Oregon Plumbing
Specialty Code, please contact Terry Swisher, Plumbing Chief at email@example.com
or at 503-373-7488.
On September 15th, the residential code review committee completed its review of
the proposed 2011 ORSC. The committee's recommendation will be considered by the
Residential and Manufactured Structures Board at the board's November
3rd meeting. Following the board's recommendation, a public hearing will be held
on the proposed draft code in January 2011. We expect the 2011 Oregon Residential
Specialty Code to become effective July 1, 2011.
All board meetings, and public hearings are video streamed live over the internet.
Click the "view live meetings" link on BCD's
If you have questions or need further information regarding the Oregon Residential
Specialty Code, please contact Mike Ewert, residential and mechanical code specialist,
at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 503-373-3729.
In mid September 2010, the division began the solicitation process to gather names
for the 2011 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) code review committee. This
code will be based on the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC), published by the National
Fire Protection Association and is anticipated to be effective April 1, 2011. The
committee will review both changes to the model code and current Oregon amendments.
They will make a recommendation to the Electrical and Elevator Board to approve the
proposed code. Once this board sanctions the code changes, the division reviews and
adopts the changes as the 2011 OESC.
There was a healthy response from qualified members of the electrical industry to
the division's request. The members of the code review committee are Keith Anderson,
Marion County; Rod Belisle, NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center; Scott Hall, Electrical
& Elevator Board Member; Vernon Palmrose, Portland General Electric; Dave Parkin,
Parkin Electric - IEC; Nathan Philips, National Electrical Contractors Association;
John Powell, Electrical Training and Consulting; Mike Weaver, M&W Electric Inc.;
Brett Welland, City of Portland Electrical Inspector.
A public notice will be sent out opening the 45-day time period for submitting code
change proposals to the division, as soon as the 2011 NEC is available to the
public. The estimated date is the first week of October 2010.
All committee meetings are video streamed live over the internet. Click the "view
live meetings" link on BCD's website.
If you have questions or need further information regarding the Electrical Code
Review Committee, contact Dennis Clements, Chief Electrical Inspector at email@example.com
or at 503-378-4459.
New Board Appointments Include Two Building Officials
Jay Winchester of Carlton succeeds Guy Sperb in the building official position on
the Mechanical Board. Jay is actively involved in the Oregon Mechanical Officials
Association and has served on several code committees for the Building Codes Division.
Melanie Adams of Albany succeeds Michael Broomfield on the Electrical and Elevator
Board. Ms. Adams fills the municipal building official position and is the current
building official for the City of Albany.
Other members recently confirmed by the senate:
Board of Boiler Rules:
Blake Alexander, Beavercreek,
Boiler installation and repair position
Kenneth Hill, Cottage Grove
Pressure vessel owner and user position
Gregory Moyer, Salem
Practical steam operating engineer position
Anthony Barsotti, Portland (reappointment)
Manufacturer of boilers and pressure vessels position
Building Codes Structures Board:
Ted Wenk, Tigard
Disabilities commission representative
Electrical and Elevator Board:
Bruce Freeman, Clatskanie
Industrial plant employing electricians position
Karen Thompson, Portland
Public member position
State Plumbing Board:
Skai Dancey, Lake Oswego (reappointment)
Mechanical engineer position
There is one vacancy for the public member position on the Residential and Manufactured
Structures Board. Please visit the Governor's
website if you are interested in this position. All board information is posted
on the division's website.
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.