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Development Services Director to Speak at Responsible Sustainable Design Event in Hawaii, Highlight Portland Initiatives



City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services







November 7, 2008

Contact: Alisa Cour, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4017


Bureau of Development Services (BDS) Director, Paul Scarlett, has been invited and sponsored to speak as one of four panelists at the 2008 Hawaii Developers’ Council Incentivizing Responsible Sustainable Design Event on Thursday, November 13, 2008, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The event will feature a thought-provoking, four-panel discussion on sustainability, energy efficiencies, and the optimum government role. Scarlett will discuss this globally and locally important issue, and how public stewards can play a vital role in sustainable development and green building.

"I’m looking forward to promoting the City of Portland’s sustainable policies and practices, as well as sharing information about the bureau’s efforts to promote and partner with our customers and developers on green building development," said Scarlett.

Scarlett will be providing an overview of the City of Portland's Green Building program by describing the current framework and policies that have led to our development community adopting more sustainable development practices. In addition, a major part of his presentation will focus on several new initiatives, which include:

  • Alternative Technology Advisory Committee - BDS has seen growing interest on the part of developers to use innovative building products or construction practices to increase a project’s sustainability. BDS recently announced the creation of an Alternative Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC) to evaluate and make recommendations for innovative, sustainable technologies in the context of building code requirements. First in the nation, this new process will open up an avenue to allow more experimentation with new building methods and help advance green building science.

  • Local Green Amendment to the State Building Code – The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is developing standards to require more sustainable building practices in Portland by augmenting the existing State building code requirements. If adopted, this code amendment could become a template for other jurisdictions statewide.

About the Bureau of Development Services (BDS):
The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes. BDS staff reviews and issues approximately over 50,000 building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and sign permits, along with performing 217,000 permit inspections and 1,300 land use reviews for residential and commercial properties. For more information visit our website at 


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