2017 ORS 455.500¹
Reach Code
  • applicability
  • amendment

(1) The Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, in consultation with the appropriate advisory boards, shall adopt, amend and administer a code separate from the state building code, to be known as the Reach Code. The director shall design the code to increase energy efficiency in buildings that are newly constructed, reconstructed, altered or repaired.

(2) The Reach Code shall be a set of statewide optional construction standards and methods that are economically and technically feasible, including any published generally accepted codes and standards newly developed for construction or for the installation of products, equipment and devices. When adopting or amending the code, the director, in consultation with the appropriate advisory boards, shall:

(a) Review generally accepted codes and standards that achieve greater energy efficiency than the energy efficiency required by the state building code; and

(b) Review technical components of generally accepted construction documents as the director considers necessary to address federal, state and local financial incentives and advances in construction methods, standards and technologies.

(3) When amending the state building code under ORS 455.030 (Rulemaking), the director shall consider whether any of the standards and methods contained in the Reach Code should be removed from the Reach Code and adopted in the state building code.

(4) The inclusion of a standard or method for construction or for the installation of products, equipment or devices in the Reach Code:

(a) Does not alter any licensing or certification requirements under ORS 446.003 (Definitions for ORS 446.003 to 446.200 and 446.225 to 446.285 and ORS chapters 195, 196, 197, 215 and 227) to 446.200 (When noncompliance with city or county regulations authorized), 446.225 (Administration and enforcement of federal manufactured housing safety and construction standards) to 446.285 (Advisory board training and education programs), 447.010 (Definitions for ORS 447.010 to 447.156 and 447.992) to 447.156 (Sale of uncertified plumbing products prohibited), 460.005 (Definitions for ORS 460.005 to 460.175) to 460.175 (Disposition of fees), 479.510 (Short title) to 479.945 (Restricted energy contractor’s license) or 480.510 (Short title) to 480.670 (Civil penalty for Boiler and Pressure Vessel Law violations) or this chapter or ORS chapter 693 or Department of Consumer and Business Services rules;

(b) Exempts products, equipment and devices from product certification requirements under ORS 447.010 (Definitions for ORS 447.010 to 447.156 and 447.992) to 447.156 (Sale of uncertified plumbing products prohibited) and 479.510 (Short title) to 479.945 (Restricted energy contractor’s license) and the state building code; and

(c) Requires that a municipality administering and enforcing a building inspection program under ORS 455.148 (Comprehensive municipal building inspection programs) or 455.150 (Selective municipal building inspection programs) must recognize and accept the standard, method, installation, product, equipment or device if a person applies to construct, reconstruct, alter or repair a building in conformance with the Reach Code. [2009 c.750 §5]

Note: 455.500 (Reach Code) to 455.511 (State Building Code energy efficiency goals and standards) were added to and made a part of ORS chapter 455 by legislative action but were not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 455—Building Code, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors455.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.