Edition: Vol. 04, No. 11
Edition date: November 16, 2011


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

BCD Office Closures

November, 11, 2011
November 24-25, 2011

BCD Events



November 2: Building Codes Structures Board
November 15: Rulemaking Hearing
November 15: 2013 Commercial Radon Ad Hoc Committee
November 17: Electrical and Elevator Board
December 6: Board of Boiler Rules
December 7: Mechanical Board

Rulemaking Hearings:
December 19 9:00 a.m. - OSSC Mid-Cycle Amendments
December 19 10:00 a.m. - Reach Code Certifications
December 20 9:30 a.m. - Elevator Code
December 20 10:00 a.m. - Boiler Minor Repair Permits
December 20 10:30 a.m. - OEESC Mid-Cycle Amendments

Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd

Aeron Teverbaugh

News Updates - November 16, 2011

Radon mitigation standard for public buildings

Senate Bill 1025, passed during the 2010 Special Legislative Session, directed BCD to adopt a radon mitigation standard by Jan. 1, 2011, for new public buildings constructed in Baker, Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, and Yamhill counties with initial building permits issued on or after April 1, 2013. The bill requires the Building Codes Structures Board (BCSB) to consider radon mitigation standards recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

With the assistance of key stakeholders, the BCSB recommended adopting a new Section 1811 to include in the 2010 Oregon Structural Specialty Code in keeping with the Jan. 1, 2011, legislative timeline. At the time it was adopted, BCD advised the board that the standard would require more work before its effective date of April 1, 2013. To accomplish this, BCD is forming a committee representing state and local government, schools, design professionals, and radon mitigation advocacy groups.

The committee met on Nov. 15 and is scheduled to meet Nov. 30, 2011 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the BCD office at 1535 Edgewater St. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Further meetings may be scheduled as necessary. The meetings are open to the public, and participation is encouraged.

Mid-cycle amendments

The Building Codes Structures Board (BCSB) considered the following items during the Nov. 2, 2011, regular meeting. These items were approved by the board and it is anticipated they will be effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Section 412.4.5 Fire Suppression for Aircraft Hangars
Fire suppression provisions for aircraft hangers have been outlined in Section 412 of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) since the transition to the international model codes in 2004. This section requires the design of fire suppression for hangars to follow the provisions in NFPA 409.

In 2007, exceptions to the foam suppression requirements in this standard were allowed because the foam can be caustic and cause severe damage to aircraft in the event of discharge. This exception added language into the code that resulted in limiting the volume of fuel-storage space in the aircraft and restricting hanger uses by not allowing major maintenance or overhaul.

The current amendments are being proposed because there is confusion and inconsistent application with some undefined terms. The current exception includes the terms "major maintenance and overhaul" as a condition of exemption from the foam requirements. Without specific definitions of these terms, permit applicants are often left pleading their case, giving reasons why the exception applies to their project causing construction delays, and having significant implications for the project costs.

The proposed amendment provides a clearly defined path to construct hangars used for aircraft maintenance or storage without foam fire suppression systems up to specifically identified thresholds. These thresholds, while possibly more restrictive than current code, accommodate the needs of the aviation industry while ensuring a reasonable degree of safety.

Chapter 35 - NFPA Sections Updated for Current Codes
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) produces national fire protection standards that are an integral part of the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) and are referenced throughout the code. These standards are updated in cycles similar to the OSSC and are constantly evolving with the most current practices and techniques for addressing fire and life safety through design. The NFPA standards referenced in the 2010 OSSC were based on the editions that were available at the time of adoption. Since the adoption date, several of the referenced standards have been revised and updated. These revised standards need to be adopted as part of the 2010 OSSC in order to ensure the current editions are incorporated in the code.

2011 BCD Law Change course available

The 2011 BCD Law Change course is designed to summarize law changes passed during the past legislative session. Inspectors, plans examiners, and building officials are required to take this legislative training (law change) course as part of their continuing education requirements as specified in OAR 918-098-1450. The free, online class is accessible from BCD's website and will be for up to a year. Two continuing education credits will be issued for completing this course.

Certified individuals who attended the Oregon Building Officials Association class at its annual meeting in Bend from July 20-22 will be given credit for that class and do not have to take this course.

Link to 2011 BCD Law Change course:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LawChange or access the course through BCD's website.

If you have any questions about this course, contact Tiffani Alexander at tiffani.k.alexander@state.or.us or 503-373-1248.

Building inspection program renewal reminder

Jurisdictions in Program Administration Group Three should have received notices to send in their program renewal form. ORS 455.148 and 455.150 require jurisdictions to renew their programs every four years. Renewal forms, along with an updated operating plan, and a copy of any Intergovernmental Agreement for building inspections services, are due in to the division by Jan. 1, 2012. If you have questions about your program administration group, they can be found on the Jurisdictions page. If you have questions about the renewal process, or if you will be unable to meet the Jan. 1 deadline, contact Aeron Teverbaugh before Dec. 23 at aeron.teverbaugh@state.or.us or 503-373-1354.

New Brown Bag Lunch session on ecoroofs

Start off the new year with the latest session in the Brown Bag Lunch series on ecoroofs. The session will be from 12 - 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12. In this session The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Ecoroof Program will talk about how vegetative roofs are part of a growing national effort to promote sustainable development and improve watershed health. The course will also cover structural load requirements, what to look for in plan review, and lessons learned. Ecoroofs are a project elective in the Oregon Reach Code.

You can register for the Ecoroof Brown Bag Lunch on BCD's website. If you have any questions about the program please contact Sherri West at 503-373-7509 or sherri.d.west@state.or.us.

Personnel changes at BCD

BCD Administrator Mark Long has returned to the division as administrator as of Nov. 1. Mark spent more than two years on a job rotation, first as the acting director of the Oregon Department of Energy and most recently as acting deputy director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services since May 2010. Mark's return to BCD after his temporary assignments elsewhere have set into play a series of administrative changes at BCD.

Patrick Allen, who was the acting administrator, returned to his previous position as deputy administrator; Chris Huntington, who was the acting deputy administrator, returned to his previous position as manager of Policy & Technical Section; and Richard Rogers, who was the Policy & Technical Section manager, transitioned back to his previous position as structural program chief.
Other notable staff changes:

Liz Browder, Enforcement manager, retires at the end of November after 34 years of state service.

Mike Ewert, residential and mechanical code specialist, retired after 20 years of state service.

Andrea Fogue, Green Building Services manager, left BCD to head up work on the new statewide regulatory streamlining project.

Brett Salmon, regional coordinator, hired to serve the Mid-Valley and Southern Oregon regions for the regional service program.

Current contact information:
Administrator, Mark Long:

Deputy administrator, Patrick Allen:

PTS manager, Chris Huntington:

Structural program chief, Richard Rogers:

Code specialist, Steve Judson:

Regional and Legislative Services manager, Michael Morter:

Green Building Services manager and assistant PTS manager, Shane Sumption:

Regional coordinator, Mid-Valley and Southern Oregon, Brett Salmon:


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.

Plumbing License Suspensions

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