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Oregon Reach Code (ORC)

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In 2009, the Oregon Legislature with the approval of Senate Bill 79, directed the Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD) to increase energy efficiency in buildings that are newly constructed, reconstructed, altered or repaired. In addition to increasing efficiency in the statewide mandatory energy code, Senate Bill 79 established a new code called the Reach Code. The Reach Code is a set of statewide optional construction standards for energy efficiency that exceed the requirements of the state's mandatory codes. Builders will have an optional path for high performance construction and jurisdictions can be assured the innovative construction methods are sound. The Reach Code covers a variety of topics including: mechanical systems, lighting designs, overall building design (both residential and commercial), plumbing practices and products. The Division is working to align the code with federal, state, and local financial incentives.

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Current codebook:

2011 Oregon Reach Code (ORC)

Effective date:

July 1, 2011 - Commercial Provisions

October 1, 2011 - Residential Provisions (Chapter 13)


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Where to purchase codebooks

Introduction to the Reach Code Part 1 - presented September 20, 2011
Introduction to the Reach Code Part 2 - presented September 27, 2011
Residential Provisions of the Reach Code - presented February 15, 2012
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2011 Oregon Reach Code (ORC)
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2011 Oregon Reach Code Committee
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