News Updates - February 11, 2009
Green building and the building code
The 1% Training Program has contracted with the Cascadia chapter
of the Green Building Council to present the course "Green
Building and the Building Code." This course will cover the
use of green building techniques in commercial building and how
new technology fits building code requirements. At this time,
Cascadia has scheduled four of these classes. They will be held
on: March 24 in Salem, March 31 in Medford, Sept. 22 in Hood River,
and Sept. 23 in Hillsboro. To get more information, check out
and Web site.
Rulemaking Hearing for COPS
In the last newsletter, we mentioned that the division was working
on clarifications to Article 708 in the 2008 OESC, Critical Operations
Power Systems. The division, working with the Electrical and Elevator
Board, has drafted amendments to the section. The proposed changes
clarify that the building owner, and not the building official
or other state or local government entity, designates an area
as needing a critical operations power system. The proposed changes
also remove requirements for maintenance, documentation, and continued
monitoring, because those are generally outside what the building
code regulates. A rulemaking
hearing on the proposed changes will be held on March 17,
2009 at 9:30 a.m.
Oregon Smart Guides
BCD has started a new series of informational booklets for consumers
called Oregon Smart Guides. The first two guides in the series
are on Water Conservation and Rainwater Harvesting. The publications
are aimed to provide basic information on new technology, alternate
methods, and some "how-tos" about specific topics that
consumers are interested in. Through these guides, we hope to
promote best practices so consumers can make informed choices.
a look at this new series.
Answers to questions on requirements for electrical receptacle
The division receives a number of questions each day on a variety
of topics. We try to highlight some of the most commonly asked
questions by preparing helpful articles to provide some guidance.
The 2008 National Electrical Code has requirements for convenience
outlets in dwellings. The code language addresses the need for
outlets that serve kitchen island countertops. These countertops
are designed and built in an infinite variety of sizes, shapes,
and configurations. This
article helps interpret the requirements for receptacle location.
Quick Permits Moving Soon to Accela Citizen Access
The Quick Permits system will be moving to the Accela Citizen
Access format later this spring. The new format is the first step
in the overall development of the state's new full service ePermitting
Along with all of the current Quick Permit features, the new
system will expand the permit offerings for mechanical permits
by allowing a city or county to offer commercial mechanical permits
that do not need a plan review. The new system will also allow
a contractor to purchase multiple permits from multiple participating
cities and counties with a single credit card transaction.
Development of the full service ePermitting option will begin
after the revised Quick Permit system has been deployed. The full
service system will have many additional features to the Quick
Permits or basic system. These include:
Use a proven commercial software package developed by Accela,
adapted to Oregon's needs.
Replace the need for building departments to invest in an
Enhance customer service. With routine communications and
customer transactions, automated staff is available to address
higher-value, more complex customer issues.
Help local building departments share and implement best
business practices across Oregon.
Cities and counties that have already purchased systems will
have the ability to interface with the state's ePermitting
system and add features that their local system may not have.
Support revenue collection locally as permit revenue flows
directly to the jurisdiction.
A city or county will have the ability to choose their desired
participation level with either option making buying and selling
building permits a lot easier for everyone. Over 30 jurisdictions
will be using the basic service option by the end of April 2009.
Three building departments in Oregon have agreed to be the first
full service users with an expected startup in late 2009. Thereafter,
cities and counties will be brought on to the system in small
groups. This helps Accela custom fit the system to each city or
county's individual needs.