Rainwater Harvesting included in 2014 Oregon Plumbing Code

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In 2008, the Building Codes Division (BCD) recognized rainwater harvesting systems for potable and non-potable uses by approving Statewide Alternate Methods (SAMs) 08-01 and 08-03. In the intervening six years, as these systems have matured and become more accepted, much of the guidance the SAMs provided is now recognized in model code. In addition to the SAMs, construction standards for rainwater harvesting systems are now contained in Appendix M of the 2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC).


Oregon is Third Most Energy Efficient State in the Nation

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Oregon moved up a notch from fourth place in 2013 to third place in the 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The score for each state is determined by its effectiveness in reducing energy use in six areas.


Reducing the Soft Costs of Solar

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Five Oregon communities are participating in the NW Solar Communities (NSC) Initiative to streamline permitting and standardize interconnection processes for PV installations. The focus of the Oregon’s Solar Photovoltaic Permitting Packet, which was release this month, is on best practices that help local building inspection programs implement the state solar code.


Aging Workforce Provides Challenges and Opportunities

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Many local building inspection programs across Oregon are experiencing an increasing number of retirements of building officials and inspectors and are finding it difficult to hire qualified replacements, especially in small, more rural jurisdictions. This experience is supported by a recent national survey commissioned by the International Code Council (ICC), The Future of Code Officials – Results and Recommendations from a Demographic Survey.


Training the Next Generation of Building Inspectors Today

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The 2013 legislative session dramatically changed how building officials, plans examiners, and inspectors will be trained. House Bill 2698 directs Building Codes Division (BCD) to take a more hands-on role in the training and continuing education of the workforce it regulates.


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