Oregon Adopts Alternate Energy Efficiency Building Code

Originally published by: Oregon Building Codes DivisionDecember 4, 2018

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The Oregon Building Codes Division has adopted an alternative energy code for energy efficiency. Their Zero Code Efficiency Standard is based on the Architecture 2030 ZERO Code and ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016 (Standard 90.1-2016). This statewide alternate method meets the provisions of Chapter 13 in the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC), which oversees any construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, and installation of materials and equipment in or part of commercial building structures throughout the state. The Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard consists of three parts: 

  • Compliance with Standard 90.1-2016 (verified via COMcheck) 
  • Identification of the projected energy use for the proposed building 
  • Identification of the required amount of onsite or offsite renewable energy to achieve a net zero building

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