Mission: Recode works to ensure access to and accelerate adoption of sustainable building and development practices.
We can develop forms of governance that are more adaptive by design, including regulations and codes that encourage, rather than stifle, innovation.
Why: The challenges, complexities, and disruptions of the 21st century require us all to be more adaptively innovative.
Recode is a nonprofit, made possible by donations.
If you are looking for precedents of innovative approaches to next generation water and wastewater infrastructure check out the Code Innovations Database. Recode, Molly Winter, has contributed several case studies including one on a composting toilet pilot project in Cape Cod and a more successful one in Arizona.
Developing Model CodesRecode works with model code writing organizations (like IAPMO) and local jurisdictions (like Oregon DEQ) to create performance based code language for green building practices.
Recode's team created a site-built composting toilet code with options for urine diversion for IAPMO’s 2015 Green Supplement to the Uniform Plumbing Code.
The 2015 Green Supplement is also serving as the foundation for WE-Stand 2017, IAPMO’s upcoming National Standard for water efficiency and sanitation. IAPMO is a plumbing and mechanical industry group whose codes have been adopted by jurisdictions worldwide.Read MoreVisit Website
Recode legalized site built composting toilets and non-NSF 41 certified manufactured composting toilets in 2011 through Reach Code 1307.4 amending OAR 918-465-0040 & 918-465-0070. Our performance based code protects human health while giving home owners an affordable option for installing composting toilets that are proven to work.Read More
Assisting Early AdoptersRecode assists early adopters through connecting them with hands on trainings and precedents from other early adopters.
The town of Falmouth, Massachusetts near Cape Cod, authorized funding for a pilot project to evaluate the efficacy, installation cost and public acceptance of both composting and urine-diverting toilets (called the Eco-toilet Demonstration Program). Check out Recode’s case study in the Code Innovations Database. Homeowners were given rebates and other incentives to encourage them to use eco-toilets. Massachusetts is the first state to give a variance to allow urine-diverting fixtures and site-built composting toilets, which do not have ‘product acceptance’ in Massachusetts.Read More
Arizona recently completed a two-year pilot project of 24 site-built composting toilets. Check out Recode’s case study in the Code Innovations Database. Read MoreVisit Website
If you missed the simple laundry-to-landscape workshops in Portland this August, but want to attend one in the future, let us know.
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Shifting ParadigmsNext generation infrastructure will never become the norm until a concerted effort – by allied partners – is made to learn from projects on the cutting edge, change perceptions, and work collaboratively with policymakers and regulators to change the way we govern innovation.
How might our systems of governance be designed for learning -- for both innovation and impact? In planning and development, one promising approach is called performance based: the use of regulations and codes that define desired outcomes, but not how such outcomes might be achieved.Read More
Recode toured the state in 2012 to educate communities & regulators in Oregon about the benefits of creating "waste" treatment rules for Oregon that judge alternatives to septic and sewer systems on their performance and let alternatives compete on cost. Our goal was to lay the groundwork for a positive, effective, apolitical sanitation rules process.Read More