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Plans Examiner (September/October 2011) - a bi-monthly publication to inform the building-design and construction community about development procedures, policies, procedures and events affecting their work with the City of Portland. Archived Issues.
Volunteers are needed for the tenth annual Build It Green! Home Tour on Saturday, September 24, 2011.
Check out solar panels, green roofs, natural building techniques, healthy spaces, water-efficient landscapes and chat to home-owners, contractors and designers. It's a pretty fun time really.
In return for working a three hour shift at a home, receive a FREE tour ticket ($15 value) good for the rest of the self-guided tour.
Tour shifts are 10:45am – 2:00pm and 1:45pm – 5:00pm.
Contact our volunteer coordinator, Marius Ibuye with any questions:
Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
The Bureau of Development Services is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the Structural Engineering Advisory Committee.
The Structural Engineering Advisory Committee advises the Director and/or the Appeals Board in structural matters relative to reasonable interpretation and to alternate materials, design and methods of construction. The committee meets on an as needed basis during normal business hours. In past there have been about 2 to 4 meetings a year.
Committee members serve 3-year terms and may be re-appointed. The Committee consists of six members, three regular members and three alternate members.
There are currently six positions to be filled. Two of these positions will be filled by re-appointment of existing members and the remaining four positions will be filled by structural engineers interested in serving on the committee.
BDS is seeking applications from structural engineers with 10 + years of experience. The applicants must demonstrate experience with existing buildings, seismic retrofits of existing buildings, alternative materials, design and methods of construction. Applicants must be registered Professional Engineers(P.E). Registration as Structural Engineer (S.E) is preferred.
Interested persons can download the application (Interest Form for City Board & Commission Appointments) through the ONI website at www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=38616. Applications should be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement at the address listed on the form with a letter of interest and a resume listing the applicant's background and experience. Applications should be submitted by September 30th, 2011.
For more information about the Structural Advisory Committee, you may contact Amit Kumar at the Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earthquakes are inevitable, but the damage from earthquakes is not. Many people think the destruction caused by earthquakes is unavoidable, and that our only option is to pick up the pieces after the shaking stops. Actually, almost all earthquake damages and losses can be reduced by steps you take before, during, and after.
In April 2011, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services announced its new Residential Seismic Strengthening Program directed towards one and two family residential buildings. The goal of the program is to provide homeowners and contractors a user-friendly guide to evaluating existing homes and determine if certain improvements would be beneficial in order to reduce the risk of earthquake damage.
In a press release, the Bureau of Development Services Director Paul Scarlett stated, “Providing homeowners streamlined and simple programs to improve the safety of their home is something that we strive to do. This program is a great way to do just that, especially in light of the recent earthquakes happening around the world.”
Portland Fire & Rescue’s Assistant Fire Marshal Nate Takara applauds and supports this new program.
“By strengthening your home for a natural disaster, you not only enhance you and your family’s safety, but you also improve the overall safety and aid for emergency responders,” Assistant Fire Marshal Nate Takara recently stated. “Seismic resistive construction is an important piece of the public safety puzzle.”
EARTHQUAKE NOTIFICATION SERVICE
The Earthquake Notification Service (ENS) is a free service provided by the U.S. Geological Survey that sends you automated notification emails when earthquakes happen in your area. Learn more and sign up at https://sslearthquake.usgs.gov/ens/.
For more information on how to prepare for earthquakes or other disasters, please visit the Portland Office of Emergency Management website at http://www.portlandonline.com/oem.
For more information about the Bureau of Development Services and the program and services it provides to the City of Portland, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.
Save the date! The tenth annual Build It Green! Home Tour is Saturday, September 24th, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. New Info Fair hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come by early!
Twenty green remodels and new homes open their doors around the Portland metropolitan area for this self-guided tour. Start and stop where and when you choose. Chat with homeowners, designers, do-it-yourselfers and contractors about solar panels, ecoroofs (green roofs), rainwater harvesting, natural landscaping, affordable housing, water and energy conservation, natural building materials, alternative construction techniques and much more! Pick up some great ideas for YOUR current or future home.
The Info Fair is a prelude to the Tour with green vendors, demonstrations, food, drink and music.
Build It Green! Info Fair at Green Depot | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | 819 SE Taylor, Portland, OR | 503-222-3881
View pictures from the 2010 tour on Flickr
Want a free Tour ticket? Volunteer for the Tour or Info Fair!
Contact Valerie Garrett, tour coordinator email@example.com 503-823-5431 for more information.