History of Oregon’s Energy Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1

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Learning & Libations: History of Oregon’s Energy Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1

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.

Full information available here.

About the Presenter:
Mark R. Heizer, P.E. – Oregon Building Codes Division

Mark provides engineering support for the Mechanical and Energy Codes at Oregon’s Building Codes Division. He has actively participated in national energy codes, writing provisions found in the 2015 and 2018 editions of the IECC and is an active member of ASHRAE committees for Standards 90.1 and 228P. Prior to joining BCD in 2010, Mark worked for 14 years as senior mechanical engineer at Interface Engineering and another 12 years at firms in Georgia and Florida prior to moving to Oregon.

Mr. Heizer received his Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a registered mechanical engineer.

Cover image courtesy Philipp Birmes from Pexels.

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February 19, 2020 5:30 pm
February 19, 2020 7:30 pm


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