Oregon Zero Energy Commercial Code Advances Insulation
On October 1, the 2019 Oregon Zero Energy Ready Commercial Code became effective.
Two of the key provisions that will help advance energy efficiency include:
- E104.2 Energy efficiency information on the construction documents…… Details shall include but are not limited to, as applicable, insulation materials and their R-values; fenestration U-factors……
- E105.2 Energy efficiency inspections. Inspections shall be made to determine compliance with Chapter 13 and shall include, but not be limited to, inspections for: envelope air sealing, envelope insulation R-values and U-factors, fenestration U-factor……..
This code will be phased in over three months, wherein permit applicants will have the option to submit permits using either the current (2014) Oregon Structural Specialty Code, or the new 2019 code. Starting on January 1, 2020 all permits must meet the new requirements. The commercial construction provisions in Part I of the code are based on ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016.