|Action||Update the Uniform Statewide Building Code|
|Comment Period||Ends 6/26/2020|
Virginia's Energy Efficiency ranking is appalling and unacceptable
Virginia's ACEEE energy efficiency ranking 35th out of 48 is unacceptable. The Commonwealth has an advanced economy and a literate, politically savvy population. There is no reason to accept such a low ranking, which DROPPED recently. Buildings account for 40% of energy use. Old, outdated, inadequate building codes must be replaced by modern standards that reflect advances in technology. Using better materials and better practices, while more expensive to use, more than pays for itself in the cost savings enjoyed for years to come. Virginians don't need to pay for electricity bills that are artificially higher due to bad building codes. Virginia must address climate change by decreasing it's greenhouse gas emissions, and that includes improving building codes to ensure weather-tight, well insulated structures. Instead of catering to the building industry, regulators must act on the best interests of Virginians and on protecting Virginia's environment. Responsibly addressing the Climate Crisis requires strong, up-to-date building standards. Raise Virginia's energy efficiency ranking by adopting strong, modern building codes.