Edition: Vol. 06, No. 12
Edition date: December 11, 2013

 

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

BCD Office Closures

Wednesday, Dec. 25
Wednesday, Jan. 1

 
BCD Events

None at this time

 
Meetings

Dec. 03: Board of Boiler Rules

Dec. 04: Combined Mechanical Board and Construction Industry Energy Board

Dec. 05: 2014 OESC Committee

Dec. 18: 2014 OESC Committee

Dec. 19: State Plumbing Board - Canceled

Jan. 9: 2014 OESC Committee

Jan. 15: 2014 OPSC Committee

Jan. 21: 2014 ORSC Committee

Jan. 23: 2014 OESC Committee

Jan. 29: 2014 OPSC Committee

 
 
 
 
Jurisdiction Questions or Issues

Email: localjurisdictioncontact.bcd
@state.or.us

Contact:
Brett Salmon
503-373-7613

News Updates - December 11, 2013

Mandatory Training for Building Officials – UPDATE

The Building Codes Division wishes to thank the approximately 100 building officials who attended the mandatory trainings in Salem on November 20 and Redmond on December 4. This training continues in December for all certified Building Officials actively using the certification who have yet to attend the training. All Building Officials that function as an authorized Building Official are required to attend one of the live training sessions Building Codes Division will offer. This training is not available online.

There is no cost to attend this class and preregistration is not required. Please plan to attend one of the following trainings:

December 11: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Eastern Oregon University
1 University Boulevard
Hoke Union Building #301
La Grande, OR 97850

December 13: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Astoria's Boyington Building
857 Commercial Street
Astoria, OR 97103

December 18: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Jackson County Library - Adam's Room
205 South Central Avenue
Medford, OR 97501

January 21: 9:00 a.m. - noon
Small Business Development Center
626 High Street NE, Suite 210
Salem, OR 97301

The division plans to post an online Q&A at the completion of all the trainings based upon questions asked during each session. Please direct any other questions and comments to John Powell, Training Coordinator, at 503-378-2741.

Wind and Seismic Design under ASCE 7-10

Adoption of the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) is scheduled for April 2014 and many building design professionals are already choosing to use the structural loading provisions of ASCE 7-10.

Under current code, the structural loading provisions of ASCE 7-05 provide the wind and seismic loading for buildings and structures based on wind speed and seismic mapping as modified by the state. Under ASCE 7-10, design professionals and building department personnel should focus on the new risk category criteria and state specific mapping for wind speed and seismic ground motion spectral response acceleration (Note: wind design loading parameters in ASCE 7-10 have moved from one chapter in ASCE 7-05 into six chapters at the end of ASCE 7-10). The new provisions have added an additional step for determining design wind pressures and new seismic and wind design criteria are based on a new risk category similar to the current occupancy category in effect for seismic design.

The risk category for wind designs using ASCE 7-10 criteria will have higher loading for projects in the higher risk uses such as essential facilities. There are new Oregon-specific wind speed design maps based on ultimate wind speed criteria that tie directly to wind loading provisions in ASCE 7-10. A condensed version of the wind speed maps and an explanation of the risk categories are found here.

Please contact Steve Judson, PE, Facilities Engineer at 503-378-4635 if you have any questions.

Codes Committee Update

Electrical Code - Code Adoption Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) began October 1, 2013. The first and second committee meetings were held on Nov. 21, 2013 and Dec. 5, 2013. The next meeting will be on Dec. 18, 2013. Approved code amendments will be available to the public on July 1, 2014.The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OESC is October 1, 2014. For additional information, please contact Dennis Clements, Electrical Program Chief, at 503-378-4459.

Plumbing Code - Code Adoption Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) began October 1, 2013. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 15, 2014. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OPSC is October 1, 2014. For additional information, please contact David Kloss, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488 or Andrea Simmons, Policy and Technical Services Manager, at 503-373-2160.

One- and Two-Family Dwelling Specialty Code Process Begins
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) began October 1, 2013. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 7, 2014. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 ORSC is October 1, 2014. For additional information, please contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Andrea Simmons, Policy and Technical Services Manager, at 503-373-2160.

Structural Code
The adoption process has been completed and the draft code is currently being reviewed by the publisher. 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 code information contact: Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Steve Judson, P.E., Facilities Engineer, at 503-378-4635.

Mechanical Code
The public process has been completed and the draft code is currently being reviewed by the publisher. 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, P.E., Mechanical and Energy Code Policy Analyst, at 503-373-0205.

Energy Code
The public process has been completed and the draft code is currently being reviewed by the publisher. 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, P.E., Mechanical and Energy Code Policy Analyst, at 503-373-0205.

ePermitting Program Update

ePermitting welcomes its newest online jurisdictions – Deschutes County and the City of Sisters. Both are full service ePermitting jurisdictions, offering online applications, application tracking, automated inspection scheduling (web or phone), electronic plan review and a fully searchable database.

In 2014, ePermitting hopes to add one to two jurisdictions each month. Baker City, Happy Valley, Redmond, Talent and Harney, Jackson, and Malheur counties are all scheduled to come onto the system early in 2014.

Jerod Broadfoot has recently transitioned to a new role of Industry Training and Outreach Coordinator within ePermitting. As part of the ePermitting team, Jerod will work directly with contractor communities throughout the state in order to provide education about the system, assess contractor needs, conduct training and perform other outreach related to electronic services provided to contractors. This is an additional effort to reach out to customers and help implement a vital tool for the construction industry and economic development throughout the state. He officially started in his new role on Monday, November 25.

Jerod was previously the Eastern Regional Coordinator in the Regional Program and the division expects to fill the Eastern Regional Coordinator position as soon as possible.

Please direct any ePermitting questions to Celina Patterson at 503-373-0855.

Oregon 4th Most Energy Efficient

Oregon remains one of the most energy-efficient states in the nation according to the 2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Oregon retained its fourth place ranking for the second year in a row preceded only by Massachusetts, California, and New York. The cost of electricity in all three of these states is much higher than in Oregon. In fact, Californians pay almost twice as much for electricity as Oregonians. Washington, the state with the cheapest electricity rates in the nation, ranked eighth.

To arrive at a comprehensive ranking for each state, the scorecard looked at six policy areas in which states typically pursue energy efficiency. In the building energy code category, the scorecard notes that only five states (California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island) have officially adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Oregon has yet to adopt the most recent version of the national model code but modeling of the 2010 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) indicates that it meets or exceeds the 2012 IECC.


State Energy Efficiency Scorecard - Credit: ACEEE

In addition to building energy codes, the scorecard evaluated states in the following policy areas:

• The effectiveness of utility programs and policies to deliver energy savings
• Transportation policies that reduce tailpipe emissions
• State government led initiatives that increase energy efficiency
• Standards for energy intensive appliances and equipment
• Support for combined heat and power (CHP) systems

Check out the following for more information on:
2013 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
Cost of electricity by state
How Oregon’s electricity is generated

Please direct any question you may have to Gabrielle Schiffer, Green Building Coordinator, at 503-373-7418.

Enforcement

Summary of enforcement cases presented
to the Electrical & Elevator 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 Electrical and Elevator Board.


Published by the State of Oregon Building Codes Division.
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