Virginia Building Codes and Contacts

The following information is reprinted with permission from the Building Codes Assistance Project:Virginia climate zones
Current Commercial Code

Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), 2012 Edition
Based on the 2012 IECC with state-specific amendments
passed 6/1/2014, effective 7/14/2014

The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code adopts the suite of I-codes, replaces the Administrative chapter 1 in entirety, and provides for many technical state amendments to each chapter.

Current Residential Code

Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), 2012 Edition
Based on the 2012 IECC with significant weakening amendments
passed 6/1/2014, effective 7/14/2014

2012 Virginia Energy Conservation Code

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Climate Zone: 4A

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Both regulatory and legislative.The Board of Housing and Community Development adopts and amends the USBC. The board bases the technical requirements of the USBC on nationally-accepted model codes and standards and makes as few amendments as possible. The board encourages anyone who believes that a technical amendment is needed to submit their proposal directly to the International Code Council (ICC). Amendments made by that organization will then be considered for inclusion in future editions of the USBC.

Code Change Cycle

Reviwewed every three years. Please click here for more information on Virginia’s code change process, which will include several working groups over the course of 2016.

Next Code Update

Judging by the previous two cycles, the 2015 edition of the Virginia USBC will likely not take effect until 2017 or 2018.

Virginia Code Contacts

Sandi Morris
Virginia Building Code Academy Advisor
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Email: sandi.morris@dhcd.virginia.gov

Virginia Dept of Mines Minerals and Energy
Division of Energy
Energy Efficiency

Charles E. Altizer
State Fire Marshal
Virginia Dept of Fire Programs
State Fire Marshal’s Office

Email: ed.altizer@vdfp.virginia.gov

Lauren Westmoreland
Energy Codes Manager
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)
Email: lwestmoreland@seealliance.org

This information was compiled by the Building Codes Assistance Project, and used with their permission.