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Green Building & Sustainable Construction

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Building Codes Division (BCD) created a green building and sustainable construction team in April 2008 to provide a single point of contact on the growing interests surrounding high performance construction for Oregon. BCD's Green Building Initiative is focusing on:

Contact
What We Provide
Oregon Smart Guides
Trainings
Statewide Alternate Methods (SAMs)
Related Statutes & Rules
Related Codes
Helpful Links

 
Program News & Updates
4/18/12
NEW! Homeowners, businesses have options for graywater use
 
Newly Adopted Rules (within the last 90 days)
10/1/12
Electric Vehicle Service Equipment Permit and Inspection Criteria
 
Contact

Green Building Sustainability Coordinator
Gabrielle Schiffer
503-373-7418
Gabrielle.M.Schiffer@state.or.us

What we provide
  • A single point of contact for contractors, local government and consumers
  • Training and education on new technologies for both builders and local government
  • Best practice information (Oregon Smart Guides) to help consumers and local government put new technologies and methods into action
  • Solutions to regulatory challenges for sustainable construction specifically in the areas of new materials and products
  • Construction standards for sustainable construction practices that position Oregon as a center for innovation both nationally and internationally
Oregon Smart Guides

Electric Vehicle Charging at Home
Rainwater Harvesting
Water Conservation Systems

Trainings

Brown Bag Lunch Training
Water Conservation - presented October 28, 2010
Rainwater Harvesting - presented September 30, 2010

Statewide Alternate Methods (SAMs)

Statewide Alternate Methods (SAMs) to the building code that support green building and sustainable construction technology and practices:

Related Statutes & Rules

Statutes and rules related to green building technology and practices:

  • SB 79 - approved in 2009, directs the division to reduce energy use in residential and commercial construction
  • HB 2950 - created the Construction Industry Energy Advisory Board to streamline adoption of innovative energy efficiency and green building standard, practices and products
  • Board decision allowing the installation of high performance boilers and pressure vessels built to internationally-recognized construction standards (approved 2009)
  • OAR 918-311-0080 - streamlines certification process for small scale wind turbines
  • OAR 918-311-0065 - permit and inspection protocols for EV charging stations
  • OAR 918-225-0445 and 6365 - allows the installation of high performance boilers and pressure vessels built to internationally-recognized construction standards
Related Oregon Codes

Oregon codes related to green building and sustainable construction technology and practices:

  • Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code (OEESC) became effective July 1, 2010 - reduces energy use in new commercial construction by more than 15% over the 2007 code
  • Oregon Reach Code (ORC) is an optional set of construction standards that reduces energy use in buildings beyond the requirements in the state’s mandatory codes
  • Oregon Solar Installation Specialty Code (OSISC) became effective October 1, 2010 - expedites the installation and permitting of photovoltaic (PV) systems
Helpful Links

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