Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) – Codes & Standards

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The following is a guide for construction design parameters and code editions.

TYPE CODE/EDITION STATE AMENDMENTS EFFECTIVE DATE *
Commercial Building Code Virginia Construction Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Residential Building, Energy, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical and Gas Code Virginia Residential Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Existing Building Code Virginia Existing Building Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Electrical Code NFPA National Electrical Code/2017 YES 7/1/2021
Commercial Mechanical Code Virginia Mechanical Code/2018 Virginia Fuel Gas Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Commercial Plumbing & Gas Code Virginia Plumbing Code/2018 Virginia Fuel Gas Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Fire Alarm Code NFPA-72/16 YES 7/1/2021
Sprinkler Code NFPA-13/16 YES 7/1/2021
Accessibility Virginia Building Code/2018 ICC/ANSI A117.1/2009 YES 7/1/2021
Energy Conservation (Commercial Buildings) Virginia Energy Conservation Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021
Property Maintenance Code Virginia Property Maintenance Code/2018 YES 7/1/2021

 

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION DESIGN PARAMETERS
Subject To Damage From
Ground Snow Load Wind Speed Seismic Design Category Weathering Frost Line Termite Winter Design Temp Ice Shield
Underlayment Required
Flood Hazards Air Freezing Index Mean Annual Temp
25 psf 115 mph B Severe 24″ Moderate to Heavy 17°F YES FIRM-2013 250 55°F

 

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION DESIGN PARAMETERS
Spectral Response Acceleration Weathering Frost Line
Ground Snow Load Vult Wind Speed Category I Buildings Vult Wind Speed Category II Buildings Vult Wind Speed Category III & IV Buildings Ss %g S1 %g
25 psf 105 mph 115 mph 120 mph 16% 5% Severe 24″

 

*Until July 1, 2022, the applicant for a permit could choose whether to comply with the provisions of the current code or the provisions of the 2015 code.