Articles Tagged with building codes

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Did you know that there are laws about the use of greywater”? (Graywater is wastewater collected from bathtubs, showers, bathroom sinks, and washing machines for reuse.)

Read the latest Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD) April 18, 2012 news release:, which has links to additional graywater information:

Homeowners, businesses have options for graywater use: Oregonians can now reuse graywater both inside (for flushing toilets) and outside (for watering landscaping) a home or building….” [Link to DCB news releases.]

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Carl Malamud, of Public Resource dot org, wrote an interesting BoingBoing blog post: “Liberating America’s secret, for-pay laws

Previous OLR blog post on building codes and Veeck (Veeck v. Southern Building Code Congress, 293 F.3d 791 (5th Circuit, 2002)

 

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I first wrote this blog post in 2007 and it’s high time for an update:

 
As you might imagine, libraries get lots of questions about building codes, specifically asking if we have them. The short answer is, no.  (If the answer you get is yes and you need the information for a client, please read on.)
 
You see, it’s next to impossible to keep building codes up to date in a small library, in almost any library for that matter.  But we can refer you to a better source of information. Here’s some advice I published a few years ago in a bar association newsletter and it is still good information:
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Building Codes Division proposes rule for quick approval of small wind turbines

Excerpt: “(Salem) — In its continuing effort to be flexible with the onset of new technology and advance sustainability, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Building Codes Division (BCD), in conjunction with its Electrical and Elevator Board and the Oregon Department of Energy, has proposed a rule that would allow manufacturers to install small wind turbines quickly, yet safely. The rule provides a streamlined process of certification for small wind turbines as an alternative to the lengthy national certification process….” (link to full media release)

Look at the BCD website, under What’s New, for more announcements.

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Public Resource dot com has started putting various state building, fire, mechanical, etc. codes online, at their codes dot com site.

Keep an eye on the site – and on everything else they are doing at Public Resource dot org – very exciting.

(But, please, be sure to check with your own jurisdiction’s code enforcement staff. Building codes are updated piecemeal and in full, and it takes time for third-party database vendors to update their own holdings from official sources. Links to my previous posts on Building Codes are here and here.)

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I last posted here about researching Oregon Building Codes and a couple of updates are in order:

1) You can subscribe to email BCD News for the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services, Building Codes Division. Visit their homepage and check out their online services.

2) Building Tech Books are closing up shop and referring customers to Builders Books, Inc.

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