News Updates - November 14, 2012
New and Improved Specialized Finals Inspector Certification
"The SFI certification program has been a great help to our
The newest edition of the SFI will be available in January. The
SFI certification was introduced last spring as part of the HB
3462 pilot project. The class filled up quickly and we have received
continuing requests to reoffer it. BCD has evaluated the SFI program
in recent months and with the information gained we will be making
some major changes to our next offering of the certification.
The idea is to provide a SFI course and requirements that are
even more user friendly.
Steve Graham, city of Springfield, took our first SFI certification
course and had this to say about it:
"The new certification is being used almost every day,
usually with small projects, eliminating the inefficient two inspector
inspections. Minor label inspections are being 'picked up' while
conducting permitted inspections, eliminating a possible second
trip, making the inspection process very efficient and convenient
for both the jurisdiction and the property owner"
Beginning in January the certification will contain three segments.
First the participant will take an updated online course put together
by BCD experts using the Chemeketa Community College elearn system.
The second part of the course will be a 2-3 day live course that
will include questions and review. The live class will end with
the final certification test. The third part, a live practicum,
will also take place at the live session. At the end of this 2-3
day event the participants will have completed all the requirements
for the certification. If they pass the exam and practicum they
will receive a certificate at the end of the last day. This format
will allow individuals to begin to use the new certification faster
than has been possible in the past.
If you would like to get information on registering for this
certification course please contact Aeron Teverbaugh at 503-373-1354.
New HB 3462 course for Permit Techs on Simple Plan Review
BCD has developed a course on simple over- the-counter plan review
as part of the HB 3462 pilot program. Although this is not a certification
course, it is part of a new effort by the division to allow permit
support staff to perform simple over-the-counter reviews without
obtaining full plans examiner certification. The division will
be modifying administrative rules to exempt this work from certification.
This class is a resource for jurisdictions wishing to take advantage
of this new approach.
The course will use a blended learning method. Each topic will
have a 20 minute instructional video that participants will have
access to via our web site. After watching the video they complete
an assignment. The video lectures and assignments will be available
24/7 for a week before a live virtual class session. During these
live classes the instructor, Scott Caufield, will lead a discussion
on the subject matter of the video lecture and participants will
talk about the assignment. These sessions will also include activities
and discussion around other related topics. The first portion
of the course will deal with plan intake procedures, and the rest
will concentrate on the 2011 Oregon Residential Specialty Code
and specific types of simple plan review.
While future offerings may have a registration fee, BCD is excited
to offer this initial course at no cost. However, we do want participants
to understand that all students will be making a commitment to
completing the whole course. The video lectures and live online
sessions build on one another and there will be no time during
the live class to catch people up.
The first of five video lectures will be available the week of
November 26. The first live online class will take place on Tuesday,
December 4, at 9:00 a.m. The other live virtual classes will be held
at the same time on December 11, 18, January 8 and 15. You
can register for the course online. We will email the web
site URL where the videos and assignments are located on November
26. We will also send participants an invitation to the first
live online class via email.
Please register as soon as possible. We will be taking registrations
on a first come, first served basis. We will be keeping the registration
at 30 for this course. If we have more registrations we will create
a waiting list for another class in the spring. We are only allowing
two registrations from each jurisdiction until November 26. If
we don't have 30 students by that date, we will add additional
participants. Also, if a student fails to participate in the first
online class we will drop them and take someone off of the waiting
Thank you for your interest in this course. The response from
our article last month was great. If you have any questions please
contact Sherri West at 503-373-7509 or
Aeron Teverbaugh at 503-373-1354.
Plumbing Board forwards FOG code amendments to public hearing
The Oregon State Plumbing Board, at it's October 18 meeting,
approved proposed amendments to Chapter 10 of the 2011 Oregon
Plumbing Specialty Code to go to public hearing. These changes
are regarding grease inceptors for fats, oils, and greases (FOG).
hearing will be held November 27 at 10:00 a.m. at the Building
These proposed amendments are a result of an agreement reached
between wastewater treatment utilities, plumbing contractors,
and the restaurant association. They are designed to benefit the
wastewater utilities, contractors and building owners. These changes
will support the statewide building code model, reduce confusion,
and ultimately reduce the amount of FOG introduced into the wastewater
collection system. Key changes proposed are:
Removes discretionary language about installation of grease
Requires grease interceptors for food service establishments.
Clarifies that the installation of grease interceptors falls
under the plumbing code with the final code decisions made
by the building official, or building official designee.
Cleans up language about maintenance.
There were additional concerns raised during the process; but
a consensus was not achieved with those issues and they were not
included in these proposed amendments.
If these rules are adopted by the division, they are scheduled
to become effective January 1, 2013.
For more information, contact Terry
Swisher at 503-373-7488.
Reminder: Last chance for 2010 Oregon Energy
Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) course
The 2010 OEESC is still available during Chemeketa Community
College's (CCC) fall quarter. This is the last chance to take
this course; it will close for good December 8, 2012. Individuals
holding the Commercial Building Inspector and/or Building Plans
Examiners certifications were required to take a code change course
covering the 2010 OEESC at some point during the code cycle. Please
check your records and determine if you still need to take this
course. If so, you need to register for the course on or before
November 21 and complete it by December 8.
You can find out about registration for the course on our website.
If you need more information or have questions please contact
Sherri West, training and public affairs coordinator, at 503-373-7509.
Code Adoption Process begins
The code adoption process for both the 2014
Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) and the 2014
Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC) began on November
1, 2012. Interested parties may submit code change proposals through
December 17, 2012. To review the public notice and listed criteria,
please click on the above links for each code.
For additional information, please contact Richard Rogers at
A Smarter Electrical Grid for Oregon
By some estimates, the US power grid is the largest machine in
the world. It is also an old machine. The average age of transformers
is 42 years.
While Oregon's power grid provides the electricity that enables
us to use the latest in electronic devices, it has been largely
untouched by the digital revolution. The smart grid is an effort
to modernize our aging analog, electromechanical infrastructure.
It will do this through the use of smart, digital communication
technology in order to:
Deliver electricity more efficiently
Increase grid reliability
Better integrate renewable energy like wind and solar into
the electrical grid
Even though the smart grid will not directly impact building
codes and the construction industry, it will affect how homes
and buildings that use energy.
For info on smart grid projects currently underway in Oregon
check out the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project
or read the latest post on BCD's Better Buildings for Oregon blog.
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.
Suspensions and Revocations