News Updates - September 10, 2008
Online OESC Code Change course has changed dates!
In an effort to reach a larger audience the OESC Code Change
course scheduled for September 16 and 18 has been rescheduled
and is now going to be held on Tuesday, September 23 and Wednesday,
September 24 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. This course will fulfill the
code change continuing education requirements for electrical inspector
certification. Certification as a building inspector in Oregon
requires the holder to take a code change course within six months
of code adoption. The 2008 OESC went into effect on April 1, 2008.
Inspectors have until October 1, 2008 to complete the certification
requirements. You must take both sessions to receive the 4 continuing
education credits. If you sign
up today we will send you an invitation to be a part of this
class. Because we can only accommodate 25 participants for the
course, it will be on a first come, first served basis. So click
on the link above to get your name at the top of the list!
If you have any question or want to learn more about the course,
please contact Sherri West at 503-373-7509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who's on first?
After several clarification requests to BCD regarding who has
final decision making authority on both the local and state level,
the following communication
has been developed. We hope this white paper explains the unique
system of decision making that is designed to promote statewide
consistency with the building code.
If you organize it, they will come
The division is forming a rulemaking advisory committee to assist
in reviewing a temp rule that exempts certain electrical licensees
from engineering requirements when designing, planning, and laying
out the electrical portions of a fire protection system. If you
or someone from your organization is interested in participating
on this rulemaking committee please review the following correspondence
for details on how to become a member. The overall committee size
will be 5 to 7 members. Think about getting involved.
The amended 2006 IEBC becomes a statewide alternate method
The division will be issuing a Statewide Alternate Method No.
OSSC 08-05 effective October 1, 2008. The Building Code Structures
Board approved the scientific and technical facts of the alternate
method at its September 4, 2008 meeting.
The new statewide alternate method will allow individuals to
use the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) with Oregon
amendments instead of the provisions contained in Chapter 34 of
the 2007 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC). The IEBC is
a comprehensive code promulgated by the International Code Council
that expands upon the provisions in OSSC Chapter 34 and regulates
alterations, repairs, additions, and changes of occupancy to existing
buildings. The IEBC is intended to provide increased flexibility
while ensuring public health and safety, as well as adding a new
path for compliance. The full text of the new
alternate method is available online.
Stay tuned for information in upcoming newsletters on a Webinar
being developed to help participants understand how to use this
new alternate method.
Regional Program Services
BCD regional forum
Redmond, October 8, 2008
The Building Codes Division is hosting a regional forum in Redmond
at the Redmond Senior Center, 325 NW Dogwood Avenue, from 3-6
p.m. This is the second in a series of statewide regional forums,
the agenda is
focused on two code related themes and information from the CCB.
The forum features BCD structural code specialist Shane Sumption,
Department of Energy analyst Brady Peeks, BCD green building services
manager Andrea Simmons, and Central Oregon CCB field Rep Tom Messier.
This event will focus on construction requirements under the Americans
with Disabilities Act, an update of recent activities from the
CCB, and the relationship between green building and energy efficiency,
concluding with a block of time for questions and answers from
the audience. Building department staff, contractors and design
professionals should find this a valuable dialogue. This event
is free and open to the public.
Look for upcoming regional forums for the Northwest, Mid-Valley/Coast,
and Eastern Oregon regions in the near future.
The hows and whys of ePermitting series
We are going to tackle a new question about ePermitting in each
issue of the newsletter to help you better understand what it's
all about. Please feel free to let us know if there are any questions
you have that we can answer in this series.
Homeowner and BCD's online permitting systems
What can BCD's ePermitting systems do for homeowners? This question
has come up several times since BCD made permits available online.
Read the attached article
to find out the reasons we have made a lot of features accessible
to property owners with our ePermitting programs.