Virginia

Current Code:
2012 IECC with Amendments
Amendments / Additional State Code Information: Title 13, Chapter 63 http://register.dls.virginia.gov/details.aspx?id=4357 Amendments: Sections C402.4.5.2, C402.4.8, C403.2.4.4, C405.1 and C405.6

Approved Compliance Tools:
Approximate Energy Efficiency: Equivalent to 2012 IECC
Effective Date:
Jul. 14, 2014
Adoption Date:
Jul. 14, 2014
Code Enforcement:
Mandatory
Jurisdictions:
Code Enforcement is mandatory and all jurisdictions, cities, counties, and towns must comply to adopted energy code.
DOE Determination: ASHRAE 90.1-2007: Yes
ASHRAE 90.1-2010: No

Energy cost savings for Virginia resulting from the state updating its commercial and residential building energy codes in accordance with federal law are significant, estimated to be on the order of nearly $500 million annually by 2030.

Virginia DOE Determination Letter, May 31, 2013


Current Code:
2012 IECC with Amendments
Amendments / Additional State Code Information:

Title 13, Chapter 63  http://register.dls.virginia.gov/details.aspx?id=4357

Amendments:  Sections R401.3, R402.1.1, R402.1.3, R402.2.1, R402.2.4, R402.3.6, R402.4, R402.4.1.1, R402.4.1.2, R402.4.1.2.1, R402.4.1.2.2, R402.4.1.3, R403.1.1, R403.2.2, R403.2.2.1, R403.2.2.2, R403.2.2.3, R403.4.2, R403.4.2, R403.6, R404.1 and R405.5.2



Approved Compliance Tools:
Approximate Energy Efficiency: Less energy efficient than 2012 IECC
Effective Date:
Jul. 14, 2014
Adoption Date:
Jul. 14, 2014
Code Enforcement:
Mandatory
Jurisdictions:
Code Enforcement is mandatory and all jurisdictions, cities, counties, and towns must comply to adopted energy code.
DOE Determination: 2009 IECC: Yes
2012 IECC: No

Energy cost savings for Virginia resulting from the state updating its commercial and residential building energy codes in accordance with federal law are significant, estimated to be on the order of nearly $500 million annually by 2030.

Virginia DOE Determination Letter, May 31, 2013


Code Change Process:
Both Regulatory and Legislative
Code Change Cycle:
Reviewed
Timeline of Cycle:
Every 3 years
Jurisdictional Adoption:
State as Maximum
Next Code Update: Residential
Date- 03/01/2018


Commercial
Date- 03/01/2018
State Technical Assistance:

State Owned / Funded Buildings

State codes apply.

Adoption Process

State codes apply.

Enforcement Process

Virginia Department of General Services enforces the state codes.

Compliance Process

Virginia Department of General Services serves as the building official.

Background

Virginia adopted the USBC in 1973, a statewide building code based on the BOCA Basic Codes. The statewide requirements cannot be altered by local jurisdictions. Prior to 1973, local government was free to adopt codes. The current USBC adopts by reference the 2000 IECC for energy efficiency criteria, effective October 1, 2003.
On October 1, 2005, the 2003 with reference to ASHRAE 90.1.2004 becamce effective.

Effective May 1, 2008, the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development updated the USBC per its three year code change cycle to coincide with the 2006 editions of the International Code Council model codes. The 2006 Virginia codes incorporate the customized text of the Virginia administrative and technical amendments within the base text of the ICC model codes. Each code discipline will consist of a single volume, inclusive of the Uniform Statewide Building Code amended language, with no need for separate USBC pamphlets that historically accompanied the ICC model codes for enforcement regulations in Virginia.

The Codes and Standards Committee of the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development met on Monday, June 22 to review the 2009 I-Codes and code changes to make decisions on proposed building regulations. The Committee unanimously approved proposals that included updating the energy code to reference the 2009 IECC. The next meeting of the full Board is scheduled for Monday, July 27, for the consideration of proposed regulations for the Uniform Statewide Building Code. A 60-day comment period on the 2009 IRC and IECC is expected later this year. View the Virginia DHCD Calendar of Events for more information about these meetings.

The 2009 USBC/IECC was approved July 27, 2010 and went into effect on March 1, 2011.

The 2012 USBC/IECC was approved and adopted July 1, 2014 and goes into effect on July 1, 2015 with a one year interim period.