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.
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
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
Link to 2011 BCD Law Change course:
or access the course through BCD's website.
If you have any questions about this course, contact Tiffani
Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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
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
Regional coordinator, Mid-Valley and Southern Oregon, Brett Salmon:
Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the State Plumbing Board
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