Oregon has been a leader in building energy codes for 45 years. Oregonians have influenced and improved energy codes nationally. Beginning in 2019, Oregon is moving away from a highly modified code to a new, quicker adoption cycle using the latest version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1. The State will see multiple benefits from this move. But for designers, the format of the new code requires some changes to design documents. And with a quicker adoption cycle, designers can look for a new code within one year of the release of the latest 90.1…which means another code update for energy in late 2020.
Review COMcheck and other compliance materials required for submission at time of permit. Also an overview of how the move to 90.1 effects designers and spec writers. The new layout and requirements for reporting will spur a new level of scrutiny from building officials. Discussion of important spec items triggered under the new code (and some items commonly missed under the 2014 energy code).
For sustainable design community, how the new code format works with Architecture 2030 and other green programs. Looking forward, how the code supports getting to zero. But also review of areas outside of codes necessary to get to zero.