Green Building Practices

Green Building practices are being continually being implemented in an ongoing effort to design and construct buildings in a manner that reduces the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:

  • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation

Rainwater Harvesting

A rainwater harvesting system collects water from a roof in a storage tank where it is then used either inside or outside a building. Designs range from a simple rain barrel at the bottom of a downspout for
watering a garden to extensive cistern systems that can provide a substantial amount of the water someone uses.


Statewide Alternative Methods:

Graywater Reuse

Graywater conservation systems allow homeowners to reuse waste water from showers, bath tubs, washing machines, and bathroom sinks for re-use in watering gardens, yards, plants and even flushing toilets. Please note that graywater systems are not intended for handling any waste water from kitchen sinks, dishwashers, or washing machines that handle soiled diapers.

Statewide Alternative Methods:

Oregon Reach Codes 

The Reach Code is a set of statewide optional construction standards for energy efficiency that exceed the requirements of the state's mandatory codes. The Reach Code covers a variety of topics including: mechanical systems, lighting designs, overall building design (both residential and commercial), plumbing practices and products.

Current Codebook:

Effective dates:
  • July 1, 2011 - Commercial Provisions
  • October 1, 2011 - Residential Provisions (Chapter 13)

Photovoltaic Systems

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