Edition: Vol. 06, No. 7
Edition date: July 10, 2013

 

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

BCD Office Closures

None

 
BCD Events

None at this time

 
Meetings

July 10: Residential and Manufactured Structures Board-Canceled

July 25: Electrical and Elevator Board

August 7: Building Codes Structures Board

August 15: State Plumbing Board

August 20: Rulemaking Hearing

August 21: Construction Industry Energy Board

 
 
Statewide Interpretations

6/21/2013: Escalator (moving walk) clean down and inspection schedule

 
 
Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd
@state.or.us

Contact:
Brett Salmon
503-373-7613

News Updates - July 10, 2013

ePermitting Update

ePermitting’s “Oregon Standard Model” (OSM) is up and running. Marion County was the first jurisdiction to go live with the new, streamlined full-service model on July 1.
The OSM contains all of the following features:

• Applications for all standard building permits
• Additional applications that jurisdictions can choose to add, including driveways, septic and agricultural/equine
• Electronic plan review
• An App that allows inspectors to work from smartphones or tablets
• Phone and online inspection scheduling
• Pre-built reports to generate inspection, permit and financial data (including the state surcharge report)

With the OSM, jurisdictions can implement ePermitting within 4 to 6 months. The next jurisdictions coming aboard are: Aurora, MCCOG (Mid-Columbia Council of Governments), Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters and Happy Valley. Malheur County and Harney County are also going to be joining ePermitting as part of a pilot regional partnership agreement which will give these counties additional flexibility to solve the challenges facing rural counties.

Local Building Department Directory Update

The Local Building Department Directory (LBDD) is available to customers and provides contact information for each city or county with a building department. This handy directory provides a single location for customers to get information including what types of permits are offered by a jurisdiction, building official contact information, links to forms and, where available, links to all individual city and county web pages.

While customers enjoy the single access point for all cities and counties, the information is only as good as it is up to date and accurate.

As a concerned jurisdiction, you have the ability to review and maintain the information in the LBDD by using this link. To assist you in learning how to use this valuable tool, an online training course has been created. This easy online course will take you step by step through all of the LBDD update tools.

If you have any questions about the LBDD or need additional assistance, please call the ePermitting Help Desk at (503) 373-7396.

Exterior Lighting and LEDs

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are revolutionizing lighting for both interior and exterior use. In addition to being about 80 percent to 90 percent more efficient than the traditional incandescent light bulb, recent technological breakthroughs have dramatically improved the light quality of LEDs.


Nyberg Woods Shopping Center with 1080 Watt Metal Halides -
Credit: Energy Trust


Nyberg Woods Shopping Center with 254 Watt LEDs -
Credit: Energy Trust

While Oregon’s energy code has regulated interior lighting for commercial buildings for more than 30 years, the code only minimally addressed exterior lighting until the adoption of the 2010 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC). The 2010 provisions apply, with some exceptions, to any outdoor lighting that is connected to the building’s electrical service. This can include façade and landscape lighting as well as lighting of uncovered parking lots.

The OEESC also contains provisions for exterior lighting controls (505.2.4). These provisions better manage lighting levels and cut energy use even further. For instance, uncovered parking areas with dusk-to-dawn lighting (lighting designated to operate more than 2,000 hours per year) must be equipped with motion sensors so that lights can be dimmed by 33 percent or turn off one-third of the fixtures when no activity is detected.

For more information, including a local example of how LED’s are being used for parking lot lighting, check out the latest post on the Better Buildings for Oregon.

For questions about exterior lighting and control provisions in the 2010 OEESC, contact Mark Heizer at mark.r.heizer@state.or.us or 503-373-0205.

ODOE Extends SHOW Program Contract with BCD

ODOE (Oregon Department of Energy) recently extended its contract with BCD to provide customer support and post-installation inspections for the State Home Oil Weatherization Program (SHOW). Under the SHOW program, homeowners who heat with oil, wood, propane, and/or butane are eligible for cash rebates for installed weatherization such as insulation, energy efficient window, and oil burners. If you have questions contact Timothe Seelbach, Mail & Copy Services/SHOW Program Coordinator, at Timothe.F.Seelbach@state.or.us or 800-442-7457.

Codes Committee Updates

Structural Code
The 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) is scheduled for public hearing later this summer. The code has an anticipated effective date of April 1, 2014. If you would like to review the committee’s approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents please view the committee website.

For additional information please contact:
Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at Richard.Rogers@state.or.us or 503-378-4472 or Steve Judson, P.E., Facilities Engineer, at Steven.W.Judson@state.or.us or 503-378-4635.

Mechanical Code
The 2014 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC) is scheduled for public hearing later this summer. The code has an anticipated effective date of April 1, 2014. If you would like to review the committee’s approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents please view the committee website.

For additional information please contact:
Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at Mark.R.Heizer@state.or.us or 503-373-0205.

Energy Code
The 2014 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) is scheduled for public hearing later this summer. If you would like to review the committee’s approved recommendations on code proposals, chapter-related review, and other documents please view the committee website.

For additional information please contact:
Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at Mark.R.Heizer@state.or.us or 503-373-0205.

Specialized Building Inspector Training Update

Building Codes Division’s specialized inspector certification program provides a flexible approach to train, qualify and certify individuals as Specialized Electrical Inspectors (SEI), Specialized Final Inspectors (SFI), and Specialized Plumbing Inspectors (SPI). To qualify for the specialized building inspector program and to perform inspections of parts of or multiple specialty codes, an individual must be employed by a municipality or by the division. There are new certified SFI’s for Klamath Falls, Medford, and Josephine and Jackson Counties; and a new SEI in Klamath Falls.

House Bill (HB) 2698 which becomes effective January 1, 2014 continues the program established by HB 3462 (2009) for the division to train building inspectors in multiple disciplines, thereby streamlining the construction regulatory process for contractors and local government. In anticipation of the effective date for HB 2698, the division is meeting with Harney County this summer to look into creating a pilot program for electrical inspections of irrigation pivots. Also, the division will be providing classes to division staff on reading electrical plans and working with the division’s chiefs on developing educational slide shows for specialized inspectors. The slide show will cover items such as proper installation of electrical panels and sub-panels; and decks, railings, guards and stairs. Additionally, the division has reached out to Medford, Bend, and Portland with electrical training on transformers.

For additional information, please contact John Powell, Training and Project Analyst, at John.W.Powell@state.or.us or 503-378-2741.

Enforcement

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.

Plumbing Conditioned Licenses

Plumbing Suspensions


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