News Updates - May 8, 2013
Division Announces New Chief Plumbing Inspector
The Building Codes Division is pleased to announce
that Dave Kloss has accepted the position of Chief Plumbing
Inspector. Dave will fill the position previously held
by Terry Swisher until his recent retirement. Dave has
been a plumbing inspector for jurisdictions across the
state for 18 years. His career includes work as a journeyman
plumber, contractor, and apprenticeship instructor.
He has been serving as a certified building official
and A-level inspector for La Grande and Union County
for the past four years. Dave will be joining the division
toward the end of this month.
Simple Plan Review: Common Questions
The division is wrapping up the second offering of
the Simple Plan Review Course. The course has been offered
as a training opportunity for interested permit technicians
in order to introduce them to blueprints, plans, and
how to find specific code requirements for the items
covered by the Simple Plan Review rules.
The temporary rule allows individuals that do not have
a plan reviewer's certification to review permit applications
for limited types of construction. The rules do not
require jurisdictions to use uncertified individuals
to review permits for items such as first story decks,
fences between six and eight feet in height, carports,
or simple remodels. Rather, the rules were designed
to give jurisdictions the flexibility to use their uncertified
staff to review particular permits, where the building
official is confident that staff can understand and
use the checklists provided, to quickly issue specific
types of simple permit items over the counter. The rules
were based on feedback received by the division as part
of the HB 3462 training pilot. As part of the permanent
rulemaking, the division opened the rules
for comment April 1-26. The draft checklists available
for interested jurisdictions are being formatted and
will be available on the division's forms page when
the rules become permanent July 1, 2013. If you are
interested in obtaining the draft checklists or in attending
the Simple Plan Review class, contact Aeron
Teverbaugh at 503-373-1354.
25 Percent Rule - U.S. DOJ Safe Harbor - 2010 ADA
On March 1, 2012, to maintain compliance with the U.S.
Department of Justice release of the 2010 ADA Standards,
Oregon adopted new accessibility standards based on
the 2009 International Building Code.
The division has been receiving questions about the
applicability of ORS 447.241 (aka 25 percent rule) to
covered elements in facilities that were built or altered
in compliance with previous versions of the ADA as enforced
through the building code. Many elements that were built
to comply with the previous Oregon Structural Specialty
Code chapter 11 (1991 ADAAG Standard) may not
comply with the 2010 ADA Standards. The question
is whether or not it is the intent of the 25 percent
rule to require compliance with the current standards
where such elements are listed in ORS 447.241(4).
The simple answer is no.
Under Oregon law, legal occupancies can continue without
change as long as they are not a safety hazard. The
federal adoption of the 2010 ADA Standards also
included a general "safe harbor" under which
elements covered in facilities built or altered in compliance
with the 1991 ADAAG Standard (previous Oregon
Chapter 11) would not be required to be brought into
compliance with the 2010 Standards until the
elements were subject to planned alteration. A similar
safe harbor applies to elements associated with the
"path of travel" to an altered area.
In short, elements that were approved under the previous
OSSC accessibility standards may continue without modification
and are not subject to consideration under the 25 percent
rule. Where such elements are voluntarily being altered,
compliance with the currently adopted OSSC accessibility
provisions will apply. For questions, contact Steve
Judson at 503-378-4635.
Comparison of Single-User Toilet Room Layouts
With the adoption of the accessibility provisions of
the 2009 International Building Code (IBC), accessible
single-user restroom provisions and room sizes have
changed significantly. Chiefly, lavatories are no longer
allowed to encroach within the five-foot minimum width
between the side wall of the water closet and the lavatory.
To help this and other transitions in the 2010 ADA Standards,
the U.S. Department of Justice published a guide titled
on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design."
Of particular interest in addressing single-user restroom
designs, the guide includes depictions of several such
configurations and compares 2010 ADA Standard compliant
designs with those compliant under the 1991 Standards
(Previous Oregon Chapter 11). The 2010 ADA Standard/2009
IBC compliant designs may be useful to designers looking
for options where space is at a premium. Because the
guide uses nearly identical section numbering as the
ICC/ANSI A117.1 adopted by Oregon to implement the ADA,
it is easy to correlate the 2010 ADA Standard information
in the guide to the Oregon code requirements.
It should be noted that bathroom designs for dwelling
and sleeping units must comply with ICC/ANSI A117.1,
Chapter 10. For questions, contact Steve
Judson at 503-378-4635.
Code Committee Updates
The Building Codes Structures Board is scheduled to
meet Wednesday, June 12, 2013, to review and make a
recommendation to the Building Codes Division. The anticipated
effective date of the new code is April 1, 2014. To
review the committee's approved recommendations on code
proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents,
go to the committee
For more information contact:
Rogers at 503-378-4472 or Steve
Judson, P.E. at 503-378-4635.
The Mechanical Board is scheduled to meet Wednesday,
June 5, 2013, to review and make a recommendation to
the Building Codes Division. The anticipated effective
date of the code is April 1, 2014. To review the committee's
approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related
review, and other documents, go to the committee
For more information contact: Mark
Heizer at 503-373-0205.
Review of proposed code changes for the 2014 Oregon
Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) will begin
on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. A second meeting
will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2013. The board is scheduled
to meet on June 26, 2013, to review and make a recommendation
to the Building Codes Division to adopt the code, with
an anticipated effective date of April 1, 2014. Chapter-related
review and other documents are available for review
on the committee
For more information contact: Mark
Heizer at 503-373-0205.
Regulation of Cranes and Derricks
The topic of crane safety is getting a lot of
public attention right now. The Building Codes
Division does not regulate the assembly and disassembly
of construction-related cranes and derricks. All
aspects of the assembly of construction cranes
and derricks rests solely with BCD's sister agency,
Oregon OSHA. OR OSHA's Ron Haverkost notes that
they do not defer to local building departments
for the enforcement of any requirements for cranes
and derrick assembly and disassembly.
Oregon OSHA's extensive crane rules were recently updated
and address all aspects of crane and derrick assembly
that ground conditions are adequate to safely support
applicable to assembly and disassembly
for maintaining sufficient clearance from power
for pre-erection inspection of tower cranes
for engineered footings for tower cranes
For more information on Oregon OSHA's crane standards
for the construction industry, click
here or contact Ron
Haverkost at 503-947-7421.
Use of Biomass Boilers Growing in Oregon
at Illinois Valley High School
Photo Credit: Marcus Kauffman
With nearly half of Oregon's 63 million acres
covered in forest, it can often make financial
sense to use locally available biomass for generating
heat and power. This is especially true in areas
of the state not served by natural gas where boilers
use imported fuel oil. In those places, installing
a high-efficiency biomass boiler can save between
$20,000 and $120,000 annually on heating costs.
In 2009, the Oregon Boiler Board decided to allow
the installation of high-performance boilers and
pressure vessels built to internationally recognized
standards in Oregon.
This decision helped set the stage for the installation
of innovative, efficient biomass boiler technology.
For more information on existing and upcoming biomass
projects check out the latest post on the 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
Orders after Hearing