40-year old State Building Code Adapts to Changing Times

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Oregon adopted its first statewide building code in July 1, 1974. The state building code is now composed of 13 distinct and separate specialty codes to keep pace with the increasing complexity and diversity of the built environment. The three newest codes have kept Oregon at the forefront of the green building movement.


CNG Expansion in the Works

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The number of vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) in Oregon is expected to grow significantly over the next 10 years. One factor driving the growth of CNG-powered vehicles is improvements in tank technology that increase capacity and range.


Do You Know What is Covered in the Building Code and What is Covered in the Fire Code?

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If you asked the average builder or business owner how the state’s building and fire codes differ, you would more than likely get a blank stare or at least a confused look in response.  Traditionally, the building and fire codes in Oregon were separate and distinct. These distinctions began to blur several years ago when the national code companies began blending the two separate functions.


More Flexible Process for Inspecting Solar Systems

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Recent rulemaking by Building Codes Division (BCD) has the potential to streamline the inspection process for solar systems across the state. House Bill 2698 (2013) prompted recent changes to the certification rules. This bill required BCD to develop new training approaches for building inspectors and provide greater flexibility to local building officials regarding building inspections.


How Well Do New Homes Comply with the Energy Code?

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According to a recent study by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), new home construction in Oregon got an 'A' for complying with the state’s energy code. The study looked at both enforcement of the code and new construction compliance. It found that 91 percent to 96 percent of new homes complied with the energy efficiency requirements of Chapter 11 of the 2011 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC).  


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