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.
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.
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.
Oregon adopted its first statewide building code 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.