Unfortunately, many places, including Oregon, are moving towards copyrighted building codes. This means that accessing the laws governing construction codes is a pain. The state allows you to view them online, but only through either a proprietary electronic reader or through locked PDF files. Printing and copying and pasting are turned off.
Luckily, the good people at public.resource.org are taking a stand. They believe copyrighted codes are inimical to democracy and are acquiring and releasing codes for free, without restrictions, and preparing for any legal challenges to their position. They have made copyrighted Oregon codes available here at archive.org.
Thanks to Abe Ingle of Fine Design Group for helping us get our new website up and running. We’re currently researching how Sweden and Finland have dramatically revolutionized onsite treatment systems to make them more cost effective, meet higher nutrient standards for the output and become a leader in the sustainable water and sanitation sector. Check out Sweden’s web portal for homeowners to find out how to make decisions about their onsite treatment systems: The Onsite Guide. We’ve been able to read it thanks to Google Chrome’s translation feature. Everything that says “sewer” or “drain” is meant to say septic tank or system. What’s nice about this is it outlines all the current options for onsite systems, who can install them and how well they treat them. It’s interesting to see how many more choices they have for ecological sanitation than we have here in the States.