Energy in Oregon

​To build smart and conserve energy, Oregon has developed energy codes and standards for buildings.
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Oregon's building codes are administered by the state Building Codes Division, including the:
These codes outline energy efficiency requirements for Oregon buildings. The codes cover insulation, equipment, windows, lighting, and much more. 

Energy Code Hotline​

You can submit energy code questions through ODOE's customer service portal. First-time users must begin by clicking on "register" to create an account. You may then sign in to complete the requested information. ODOE staff will follow up with you regarding your question.​

Our team provides technical expertise, outreach, and training to building and construction industry professionals to promote better understanding of Oregon's energy codes.

Contact us through the portal to:
  • Submit general questions about Oregon's energy codes.
  • Request training on Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code or Oregon Residential Specialty Code energy provisions.
  • Get more information about COMcheck or REScheck​ .

ODOE and Energy Code

The Oregon Department of Energy acts as a consultant to the Building Codes Division to evaluate and adopt the codes and amendments that will improve energy efficiency in Oregon buildings. 

ODOE also serves as a member of the Construction Industry Energy Board  and the 2017 Oregon Residential Specialty Code Review Committee , offering energy efficiency guidance and recommendations.

Our team is a governmental voting member for development of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The IECC serves as a national energy code model that cities and states may adopt or amend as appropriate. The IECC is updated on three-year cycles.

Additionally, ODOE participates in state and regional workgroups that may impact or focus on energy codes in Oregon, offering state-level perspectives on energy code discussions and analysis.

Oregon Energy ​Code Stakeholder Panel

In 2020, ODOE began convening convening monthly stakeholder meetings​ to discuss energy code development and code specifications and calculations, and to inform ODOE's code consultation to Oregon’s Building Codes Division. This work is part of an effort to achieve directives included in Governor Brown's Executive Order 20-04.

Built Environment Efficiency Working Group

In 2018, ODOE began convening a multi-agency working group, which is tasked to implement the directives in Governor Brown’s Executive Order No. 17-20  . The EO has directives to improve energy efficiency, boost electric vehicle adoption, and support actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

Ask an Energy Code Question Through Our Customer Service Portal

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