Edition: Vol. 07, No. 05
Edition date: May 21, 2014

 

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

News Updates - May 21, 2014

"Ready Build” Plans Benefitting Customers

The “Ready Build” plans program has been available since February of this year. The first plans available were for a variety of pole barn configurations compatible with many design parameters in the state. As customers begin to utilize the plans, the division is getting questions about the process for modification of the pole buildings plans. There are several paths for permitting “Ready Build” plans:

• General – As with other buildings and structures, the customer may choose to submit construction documents following prescriptive path or prepared by a registered design professional, and follow the local jurisdiction standard review and permitting process.

• Prescriptive Use of “Ready Build” plans – “Ready Build” plans are pre-approved, except for verification of compliance with local ordinances and design parameters. The customer selects the pre-approved plan, pays the fees, leaves with a set of plans and can begin construction immediately.

• Building Official Approval of Alternative Method – If a local building official certifies a change to a “Ready Build” plan it becomes a local jurisdiction approved plan and loses its statewide alternate method status.

• Local Jurisdiction Approved Plans – In some jurisdictions, plans are available for a local pre-approved pole building configuration. These plans are approved at the local level and any modifications are made through the jurisdiction.

“Ready Build” plans are posted on the BCD website. Local jurisdictions are welcome to make these plans available to customers. If you have any questions about these plans, please contact Tom Phillips, Regional Services Manager, or at 503-378-2827.

Committee for Mechanical Efficiency Project

House Bill 2005 (2013) established a statewide goal to encourage cost savings and energy efficiency through mechanical insulation standards. To assist with this goal, the Building Codes Division is forming a rulemaking advisory committee for the development of a specialty code checklist for the Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code.

The committee will explore how to use the checklist to maximize energy efficiency and will develop a list of pertinent items for plan review and inspection. The committee will then forward recommendations to the Construction Industry Energy and Mechanical Boards for review as a statewide inspection checklist.

The committee is expected to meet approximately every two weeks at the Building Codes Division in Salem. If you have questions about this committee, contact Mark Heizer at 503-373-0205.

BCD Training Program Webpage

The division’s new Training Program webpage contains helpful contacts and information on all the upcoming training opportunities. On the page you can sign-up to receive email notifications about trainings and program information, including updates on the upcoming 2014 Electrical and the 2014 Plumbing Code Change trainings.

If you have questions or need training assistance, please contact Wendy Beard, Senior Training Program Specialist, at 503-378-2716.

Building Official/Inspector Training Update

OSSC Code Change Training
In order to assist building officials and inspectors meet the new state code-change training requirements, BCD is offering 2014 code-change classes for the upcoming codes. The training, offered around the state, combines code changes for the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC), Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC), and Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC).

Division staff completed the first code OSSC change training in Pendleton on May 14, 2014.

Although pre-registration ended on May 1st, 2014, some of the following locations still have seating available. Building Officials, if you have staff to register, please visit the Training Program webpage for registration requirements. The training dates/locations with space available are listed below:

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Jackson County Library, Medford
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
PUC, Tillamook
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Willamalane Center, Springfield
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For those who are unable to attend a live class, an online Webinar is scheduled for:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Online (for those not available to attend a live training)

Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) Training/Exam Opportunity

The division is offering a face-to-face OIC class in Portland on Wednesday, June 4, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The course includes the exam as part of the classroom content. Under the streamlined format, if you complete the course, you also complete the exam required for OIC certification.

To register someone on your staff for this course, contact Tiffani Alexander, 503-373-1248, no later than Friday, May 30.

REMINDER: Continuing Education Hours

Last month, the division announced a switch to CE requirements based on the frequency and complexity of code changes rather than a minimum number of hours. Because of this change, BCD will no longer monitor or track the number of hours spent in Continuing Education (CE) as a part of maintaining certifications. Instead the division will focus on ensuring inspectors and building officials have the required class or classes. The hours spent in BCD-sponsored training can still be submitted as part of the CE other certifications may require.

Please contact the organization that issued the certification if you have questions about how to submit our Certificate of Attendance. Please see the Training Program webpage for information on class hours.

Code Change Updates

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty
Code Adoption Process Begins

The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Boiler and Pressure Vessel Specialty Code (OBPVSC) began April 1, 2014. The time period for submitting code change proposals ended on May 15, 2014. The code adoption and amendment process is summarized here. If you are interested in becoming a member of the code review committee, click here. Committee meetings will begin in June 2014. The anticipated effective adoption date for the 2014 OBPVSC is January 1, 2015.

For additional information, please contact Tyler Larson at 503-373-1227 or Kevin Perdue, Boiler Program Chief, at 503-373-7499.

Residential Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) began October 1, 2013 and the only meeting was held on February 19, 2014. The Residential and Manufactured Structures Board reviewed and approved the recommended changes on May 9, 2014. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014 with an October 1, 2014, adoption date.

For additional information, please contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Rex Turner, Structural Program Chief, at 503-373-7755.

Plumbing Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC) began October 1, 2013, and the final meeting was held on February 26, 2014. The State Plumbing Board reviewed and approved the recommended changes on April 20, 2014. The division anticipates the code will be available to the public in early September 2014 with an anticipated October 1, 2014, adoption date.

For additional information, please contact Andy Skinner, Plumbing Program Chief, at 503-373-7488.

Electrical Specialty Code Adoption Process Continues
The code adoption process for the 2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) began October 1, 2013. The Electrical and Elevator Board reviewed and approved the code change recommendations made by the OESC Committee on February 27, 2014. Approved code amendments will tentatively be available to the public on July 1, 2014 and the anticipated effective adoption date is October 1, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Shawn Haggin, Electrical Program Assistant Chief, at 503-378-5838.

Structural Specialty Code
The public process for the 2014 OSSC is complete and the publisher is reviewing the draft code. The code has an anticipated effective date of July 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 webpage. There will be a three-month period where the code is effective, but not mandatory. The provisions of the 2014 OSSC will become mandatory October 1, 2014.

For additional code information, please contact Richard Rogers, Chief Building Official, at 503-378-4472 or Steve Judson, P.E., Facilities Engineer, at 503-378-4635.

Mechanical Specialty Code
The public process for the 2014 OMSC is complete and the publisher is reviewing the draft code. The code has an anticipated effective date of July 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 webpage. There will be a three-month period where the code is effective, but not mandatory. The provisions of the 2014 OMSC will become mandatory October 1, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

Energy Efficiency Specialty Code
The public process for the 2014 Energy Efficiency provisions is complete and the publisher is reviewing the draft. The provisions have an anticipated effective date of July 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 webpage. There will be a three-month period where the code is effective but not mandatory. The provisions of the 2014 OEESC will become mandatory October 1, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Mark Heizer, Mechanical Code Specialist, at 503-373-0205.

New Blog Posting

Check out the new Better Buildings Blog posting about streamlined solar inspections. Changes to the certification rules have helped create flexibility for more efficient inspecting of solar PV and solar hot water installations.

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 license suspensions and revocations


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