News Updates - July 13, 2011
Building Official Satisfaction Survey
The Division is committed to providing services to the cities and counties
administering the building inspection program. The Building Official Satisfaction
Survey was developed to get feedback from the Building Officials on Division services
and resources. This feedback will help ensure that Building Officials are receiving
the information and services they need. We are requesting that all Building Officials
visit the site by July 19, 2011, to fill out and submit the short survey.
It should take approximately 10 - 15 minutes to complete. If you have questions,
contact Aeron Teverbaugh at 503-373-1354 or Aeron.Teverbaugh@state.or.us.
BCD Staff Changes
There have been some staffing changes at BCD as a result of Acting Deputy Administrator
Berri Leslie accepting a permanent deputy administrator position with the Insurance
Division. Chris Huntington, manager of Policy and Technical Services, will be acting
deputy administrator. Richard Rogers, structural program chief, will be acting manager
of Policy and Technical Services. Both Chris and Richard will continue to remain
involved with some of their previous position duties to ensure customer needs are
Additionally, the two limited-duration policy analyst positions in the Green Building
Services section have been made permanent. We are pleased to announce that Mark Heizer
will continue to fill the technical position and Andrea Simmons has been recruited
to fill the policy position. Aeron Teverbaugh has accepted the policy analyst position
serving local jurisdictions, previously filled by Trevor Johnson, who resigned effective
Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) training still available
The OEESC is now a part of the new training collaboration between BCD and Chemeketa
Community College (CCC). We are starting to use CCC's eLearn system to make BCD-sponsored
online courses available to our customers. The OEESC is the first course available
through the CCC system. We have put together a webpage
that explains how to use the new CCC system. You need to register
in the CCC system once and then you can sign up through this system for any continuing
education online courses offered by BCD.
The CCC eLearn system is also hosting the online portions of the Special Inspector
Certification programs. It has been a big success so far. We have 30 students in
the Special Plumbing Certification online course and 16 students participating in
the Special Solar Certification course. Students accepted into these certification
programs have been using the online system since June 20.
The eLearn system has a wide variety of learning tools available. The course instructor
can choose from discussions, assignments, blogging, and several other methods of
teaching and communicating with the students. The courses are self-paced and set
up for the student to be able to enter and leave the course 24 hours a day. The eLearn
system also keeps track of what the student is doing within the course. We are just
learning all the wonderful options available to create high-quality online courses
for the BCD community. Keep an eye out for other courses offered via the CCC eLearn
For questions or more information regarding training, contact Sherri West at 503-373-7509
HB 3462 Specialized Inspector Training Update
The Specialized Inspector Training pilot project has been moving right along. There
was a lot of interest in both the plumbing and solar certifications and the plumbing
course has a waiting list at this time. The demand has caused BCD to open up an additional
course in the fall quarter at Chemeketa Community College. Those on the waiting list
for the plumbing course will be the first in line for the fall class. The division
is happy that these certifications are so popular.
Individuals seeking the specialized electrical inspector certification can start
applying next month for the September training. The specialized electrical inspector
certification expands the scope of work for current residential electrical inspectors
to include some simple commercial inspections. Like the specialized plumbing inspector
and the specialized solar inspector courses already under way, the first segment
of the electrical inspector course will be offered through Chemeketa Community College's
electronic learning system. There will be a traditional classroom segment for both
the plumbing and electrical specialized inspectors training. All three certifications
require the participants to complete field inspections. After candidates have finished
all of these requirements they will sit for a final exam.
For more information or questions on the HB 3462 Specialized Inspector Certification,
contact Aeron Teverbaugh at 503-373-1354 or Aeron.Teverbaugh@state.or.us.
Energy Compliance Online Software for Residential Construction
By this August, BCD hopes to introduce new online software to show compliance with
the energy provisions of the 2011 Oregon Residential Specialty Code. The software
will take the place of the old Oregon Department of Energy forms.
The permit applicants will be able to show the specific levels of insulation in
the envelope and which additional measures they have picked. A new feature will be
the input of the specific BTU and efficiency ratings for the mechanical equipment
The software will be posted on our Energy webpage. The results will be able to be
printed out and sent in to the local jurisdiction. Most importantly, the software
will be easy to use, and the output should greatly aid plans examiners and field
inspectors in quickly assessing the home for compliance with the 2011 ORSC.
For questions or more information, contact Mark Campion at 503-378-4530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid-cycle code amendments:
The mid-cycle code amendment process began June 3, 2011, for the 2010
Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC). The division did not receive any public
proposed code amendments for this code cycle.
The mid-cycle code amendment process began July 1, 2011, for the 2010
Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) and the 2010
Oregon Energy Efficiency Code (OEESC).
Proposed mid-cycle structural code amendments can be submitted to the division through
Aug. 1, 2011. No proposals will be accepted from interested parties after Aug. 1,
2011. Any interested person may propose to:
2011 Oregon Boiler Specialty Code
July 1, 2011, began the code
adoption and amendment process for the 2011 Oregon Boiler Specialty Code. Proposed
standards will be reviewed by both a committee and the Board of Boiler Rules. The
approved standards will become effective on Jan. 1, 2012.
2011 Oregon Elevator Specialty Code
July 13, 2011, will begin the code adoption and amendment process for the 2011 Oregon
Elevator Specialty Code. The notice will be posted on BCD's
webpage on July 13, 2011. Proposed standards will be reviewed by both a committee
and the Electrical and Elevator Board. The approved standards will become effective
on Jan. 1, 2012.
2011 Oregon Reach Code
The development of the new 2011 Oregon Reach Code continues to progress. The commercial
provisions are complete and have been approved by the Construction Industry Energy
Board. The Board will review the residential provisions on July 20, 2011, and will
go to public hearing in September 2011. The code will become effective on Oct. 1,
2010 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC), ADA Standards
The division has been working with the 2010
OSSC Committee on ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The new proposed standards
will be reviewed by the Building Codes Structures Board on Aug. 3, 2011 and will
go to public hearing in November 2011. The standards will become effective on March
For questions or more information regarding code adoption processes and timelines,
contact Dana Fischer at 503-373-0226 or Dana.C.Fischer@state.or.us.
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.
Final orders after hearing: These
cases went to a contested case hearing. Each penalty assessment was reviewed and
approved by the State Plumbing Board.