New Virginia statewide building code goes into effect March 1

After March 1, all building plans in Virginia must adhere to the 2009 code that was adopted a year ago.

February 23, 2012

After March 1, all building plans in Virginia must adhere to the 2009 code that was adopted a year ago. During a yearlong grace period, builders had been able to choose between the 2009 and 2006 codes. Among the code changes are: requirement for programmable thermostats, at least half of lighting fixtures must use energy efficient bulbs, and a mandate for mounted kitchen fire extinguishers for single family homes without sprinkler systems.

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