Projects

10/27 Happy Hour Event to learn about Portland’s Alternative Technology Advisory Committee

Ever wondered about ATAC? They’re the all volunteer committee that has helped projects seek appeals for innovative green building practices from the high tech, like an air admittance valve to the low tech, like light straw clay. Come learn what ATAC does to help innovative projects get permits. This is part of a monthly series by the Portland Collaborative.
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Recode Training

Thanks to our funders we are offering a two day training as an introduction to our methods and strategies. This is a great chance to learn how Recode has been so effective at changing codes so quickly and apply these lessons to your own passions.
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A Paradigm Shift towards Performance-based Codes

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.
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Ecological Infrastructure Tour

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.
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Collaborating to Legalize Graywater Reuse in Oregon

Recode organized the first public forum on graywater reuse in April 2008, co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainable Development. We invited the wider Portland community to discuss their desire for gray water reuse and their values around water. Recode mobilized a process that resulted in DEQ graywater reuse rules for landscape fertigation, allowing low cost online permits as of April 2012.
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Developing Codes: Reach Code for Site-built Composting Toilets in Oregon

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.
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