We’re Advocating for You: Oregon Reach Codes

New Oregon “Reach” Codes State of Oregon Seal

On August 1, the Oregon Building Codes Division met to finalize adoption of new Oregon Reach Codes.  The adoption of the 2018 IECC standards, plus Oregon amendments that exceed 2018 IECC for commercial structures. The Oregon Reach Codes are voluntary and are intended to achieve greater levels of energy efficiency. They can be adopted as an option by local governments and building community stakeholders, and must be accepted by building officials. This 2018 Reach Code updates the previous version and becomes effective upon signature in September. It will be reviewed again in 2019. Also part of the Oregon commercial building code update process is a performance target in a recent executive order (EO 17-20) that includes equivalent performance for aspects of the latest version of ASHRAE 189.1 by October 1, 2022, which are being considered as part of the current cycle. This code will apply to “the design, construction, addition, alteration, replacement, repair, equipment, and site orientation, of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures and to the site on which the building is located.”


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