Economy Up – Electricity Use Down

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Even with an improving U.S. economy, electricity use continues to decline. As the title of an article in the March 2014 Electrical Contractor Magazine suggests, Energy Efficiency is Finally Paying Off.


Changes to Building Code Update Cycle

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To help the state’s construction industry and local building inspection programs recover from the recession, BCD has decided to extend the cycle for adopting national code to six years, with an interim code amendment process every three years.


Online Permitting Moving Forward in Oregon

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Online permitting is a green practice that saves paper, time, and money. Its benefits include increased predictability and and improved customer service. Currently, 43 local jurisdictions are using Oregon Building Codes Division’s (BCD) award-winning ePermitting program.


Survey Provides Feedback on Oregon’s Solar Code

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2013 was a record-breaking year for solar power in the United States. To better understand the solar permitting process in Oregon, the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) sent a survey to 103 building departments. Survey results provide some interesting feedback on how well Oregon’s solar code is working to streamline permitting more than three years after code adoption.


Oregon is Fourth Most Energy Efficient State in the Nation

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Despite having some of the cheapest electricity in the country, Oregon remains one of the most energy-efficient states in the nation. Only Massachusetts, California, and New York scored higher. The cost of electricity in all three of these states is much higher than in Oregon. In fact, Californians pay almost twice as much for electricity as Oregonians..


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