Signed into law by Gov. Brown, 3-17-22
This bill establish Task Force on Resilient Efficient Buildings for the purpose of identifying and evaluating policies related to building codes and building decarbonization for new and existing buildings that would enable the state to meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and to make policy recommendations to the interim committees for 2023 regular session.
Appropriated $279,359 General Funds to support the functions of the Task Force on Resilient Efficient Buildings with subject matter expertise, organizational support, and coordination with the contractor for services.
Codes to increase efficiency of new buildings are adopted statewide in Oregon as part of the building code adoption process. Energy codes are a subset of building codes, which establish baseline requirements and govern building construction. Energy codes and standards set minimum efficiency requirements for new and renovated buildings, assuring reductions in energy use and emissions over the life of the building. Under existing statute, ORS 455.500, the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), in consultation with the appropriate advisory boards, is required to adopt, amend, and administer a Reach Code designed to increase energy efficiency in buildings that are newly constructed, reconstructed, altered, or repaired. The Reach Code is an aspirational efficiency code that builders can choose to use, and local governments are required to accept projects built to the Reach Code. Current laws have not been in place long enough to record the effectiveness for a task force to evaluate. It’s an excuse to increase constraints without viable cause.