Building Energy Code (Virginia)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Virginia

Name Building Energy Code
Incentive Type Building Energy Code
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
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.



















Website http://bcap-ocean.org/state-country/virginia
Date added to DSIRE 2006-07-20
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-02
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
2011-10-04


References DSIRE[1]


Summary

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.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name VA Building Code Information
Department State Building Code Administrative Office

Address 501 N. 2nd St., The Jackson Center

Place Richmond, Virginia
Zip/Postal Code 23219-1321
Phone (804) 371-7160




     
     


















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"