Building Energy Code (Virginia)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||Building Energy Code|
|Incentive Type||Building Energy Code|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building|
|Energy Category|| Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
|Code Change Cycle||Three-year review cycle concurrent with the publications of new editions of the model codes. Most recent code effective 3/1/2011.|
|Commercial Code|| 2009 IECC mandatory statewide; enforcement is the responsibility of the local government's building inspections department.
|Residential Code|| 2009 IECC mandatory statewide; enforcement is the responsibility of the local government's building inspections department.
|Date added to DSIRE||2006-07-20|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-10-02|
| Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP web sites.
The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) is a statewide minimum requirement that local jurisdictions cannot amend. The code is applicable to all new buildings in the commonwealth. The Board of Housing and Community Development (a Governor-appointed board) has authority to adopt changes to the USBC. The process is very similar to the federal regulatory process. The Board of Housing and Community Development may adopt whatever provision it deems necessary. Enforcement of the USBC is handled by local building department through plan reviews and inspections.
Effective March 1, 2011, the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development updated the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) to coincide with the 2009 editions of the International Code Council model codes. The 2011 Virginia Codes incorporate the customized text of the Virginia administrative and technical amendments within the base text of the ICC model codes.
|Contact Name||VA Building Code Information|
|Department||State Building Code Administrative Office|
|Address||501 N. 2nd St., The Jackson Center|
|Phone|| (804) 371-7160
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.