2015 Virginia Residential Energy Code Resources

On behalf of Viridiant, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, we are pleased to announce the following resources available to aid in the Virginia Residential Energy Code implementation.

Thanks to the support of participating jurisdictions, we worked with urban, rural and suburban localities both large and small across Virginia for diverse participation and to ensure that the voices of Virginia’s communities were heard. Each of their unique perspectives was crucial in compiling information to guide resource development.

The following resources have been identified and/or developed to aid in Residential Energy Code implementation across Virginia:

HVAC


A guide from ACCA on the key fields to review on a Manual J and which have the largest impact on the loads. 

A detailed guide to reviewing the Residential Plans Examiner Review Form for HVAC System Design form (source: James City County).

A guide from ACCA on the importance of good duct layout and how to read Manual D documentation.

A guide from ACCA on HVAC equipment selection and the importance of selecting correctly sized equipment.

Best practices for installing duct work and HVAC systems.

A quick overview of key items to review on the Residential Plans Examiner Review Form for HVAC System Design form.

 

Virtual Inspections


A guide from ICC on conducting virtual inspections (source: International Code Council).

 

Tech Tips


TECH Tips are are Industry Best Practices. These resources/tools are for training purposes only and DHCD is not intending to endorse/promote one product over another.

Best practices for code-compliance insulation installations. See the Insulation, Air Barrier and Air Sealing Inspection Checklist to make sure code-compliance is achieved.

Best practices for code-compliant lighting installations and verification.

Tips for compliance with the insulation requirements of the energy code. 

 

Duct Sealing & Testing


Uncontrolled duct leakage is not only an energy penalty, but it also increases infiltration, causes comfort problems for occupants, and can lead to long-term durability concerns for structural components if left unchecked. Virginia’s new requirement of 4% Duct Leakage will be challenging but will have cumulative positive effects across the Commonwealth if effectively enforced. This document is intended to provide focus points and greater context around duct leakage.

A sample fillable PDF form for collecting key information as part of the duct testing process.

A template duct testing report that can be edited as needed by the jurisdiction. 

Training video on staying compliant with the 2015 Virginia Residential Energy Code duct leakage verification through duct blaster test.

 

Inspection & Plan Review Guides


This document provides an overview of ventilation and filtration best practices with consideration of COVID-19. 

A checklist intended to help Building Inspectors identify and verify pertinent inspection points covered by the 2015 VAECC as it relates to Insulation and Air Barrier installation and Air Sealing execution.

The 2015 VA Residential and Energy Conservation codes give inspectors and plan reviewers the authority to inspect for and assess installation quality and execution. The intent of this document is to provide more context around the authority granted to code enforcement and assist in building the body of knowledge necessary to identify discrepancies on site.

This document is intended to provide an overview of Whole-house mechanical ventilation requirements incorporated into the 2015 Code Cycle. It covers the various strategies and systems commonly utilized to achieve this code requirement and the pros and cons of each.

Though the requirements have remained the same since 2009, questions about placement of insulation, depth of insulation, the thermal break between conditioned and unconditioned spaces, and how additions or retrofits to existing homes should be handled remain. The intent of this document is to assist Plans Examiners and Field Inspectors and provide additional information concerning this problematic, and often overlooked detail. 

 

Other Helpful Resources


The website template is meant to serve as jumping off point for a jurisdiction to use when considering updating the structure and content of the building permit section of their website. It is intended to reduce common, repetitive questions that staff receive from permit applicants, while improving the quality of application and plan submissions. A “How to Use” summary can be found here to help navigate the Suggested Website Layout resource.

The Jack A. Proctor Virginia Building Code Academy delivers administrative and technical code training programs for mandated certification requirements for over 3,500 statewide professional certifications in various code enforcement disciplines including code official, inspection and plan review. In conjunction with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Viridiant currently has a (2) and (4)* hour trainings on the 2015 Virginia Residential Energy Code. A “How to Access” guide can be found here to help navigate the learning center portal.

*The (4) hour 2015 Virginia Residential Energy Code and Its Enforcement is required by DHCD for Code Officials.

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These resources are intended to support and provide deeper context and understanding of the implementation of the 2015 Virginia Residential Energy Code (Energy Code). Should there be a conflict between these resources and the Energy Code, the Energy Code takes precedence. These resources/tools are for training purposes only and DHCD is not intending to endorse/promote one product over another.

For more information or questions, please contact Viridiant at admin@viridiant.org or 804.225.9843.