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  8:46 pm
Commenter: Kristin Peckman

Virginia must adopt the full 2012 IECC energy efficient building codes.

Adopt Energy Efficiency Building Codes

It is absolutely essential that Virginia adopt the full 2012 IECC energy efficient building codes. Buildings account for over 40% of our energy use in the U.S. Requiring new homes and commercial buildings to be more energy efficient is the first/best step in reducing energy waste and represents a common sense approach to reducing consumption.

Do not allow special interest groups - who oppose these new building standards - the ability or power to satisfy their narrow agenda.

Virginia must not allow "visual" inspection vs. diagnostic testing for duct leakage and air sealing. "Visual" testing does not work. Air leakage and duct leakage must be verified and quantified by a blower door and a duct blaster.

The home I live in has insufficient ceiling and wall insulation, yet it is difficult to add more.  Do not stick future homeowners and renters with high utility bills for the life of the home just because homebuilders want to save a few $$ up front.

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