Building Codes

Everyone wins when new homes are built to the most cost-effective and efficient standards. Studies show that rigorous energy codes are among the most cost-effective ways to improve energy efficiency and provide immediate cost savings to new home buyers.

Updated building codes will increase energy efficiency.

Status Update

The latest USBC update went into effect on September 4, 2018.

The update process began at the beginning of 2019. We will keep you posted as things progress.



Virginia Regulatory Process

Virginia’s building code is known as the Uniform State Building Code (USBC). The Department of Housing and Community Development manages the triennial code update process which includes two years of public meetings and board actions before the updated code is adopted. The 14 member Board of Housing and Community Development votes on the final content of the updated code. There is one member for each congressional district, which is appointed by the Governor to 3-year terms, and there are three ex-officio members representing Va. Fire Services Board, Va. Code Officials Association, and Virginia Housing Development Authority.


View our comments on the 2016/2017 USBC update here.

View our Building Codes recommendations in our report: Why Energy Efficiency is a Smart Investment for Virginia.

June 2018 Webinar: Building Envelope Improvements in Large Buildings

April 2017 Webinar: Preparing for the Building Code Public Comment Period

December 2016 Webinar: Building Codes as an Energy Efficiency Driver in Virginia

VAEEC Blog Posts & Updates

As mentioned at our Spring 2018 Meeting, the final Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) was published in the Virginia Register Read more.
It’s been a while since our last blog post on the building codes update process and a lot has happened Read more.
Now that the General Assembly session has ended, the VAEEC has switched its attention to several of our other priority Read more.
On January 10, 2017, VAEEC and LEAP made the case for Virginia adopting the model energy codes for new buildings before Read more.

News Articles


Feb 18

Virginia building code update hits a wall, and no one’s sure why

A proposed update to Virginia’s residential building code has been held up in administrative limbo despite a consensus from homebuilders...
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Sep 17

Building Energy Efficiency Has Stalled-Here’s How to Spark Progress

U.S. commercial buildings could cut energy use by 29 percent on average by taking full advantage of controls technology and...
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Mar 17

Efficiency advocates try again to update Virginia building codes

Home efficiency advocates and homebuilders are squaring off in Virginia over what many stakeholders say is an overdue update to...
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