Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Housing and Community Development
Board of Housing and Community Development
Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code [13 VAC 5 ‑ 63]
Action Update the Uniform Statewide Building Code
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 9/29/2013
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9/23/13  9:58 am
Commenter: Carol Davis, Town of Blacksburg

Energy Efficiency in Building Codes

strongly oppose the apparent weakening of the proposed 2012 building code – particularly as it relates to energy efficiency.  Investments in energy efficiency during construction or renovation are without a doubt the easiest and cheapest way of conserving energy, reducing energy-related emissions, and saving households a great deal of money in the long term.  The cost of electricity and other household fuels is only expected to rise in the coming decades – and may rise precipitously over the expected lifetime of new homes built today.  It would be a serious mistake – environmentally, socially, and economically -  to miss this opportunity to substantially improve the energy efficiency of Virginia’s housing stock.


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