Dave Trinkle and Rupert Cutler
It pains us to report that the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development may be about to miss a golden opportunity to strengthen our state building code and save money for Virginia homeowners while protecting our environment. The issue is whether the board will require improvements in energy efficiency for new residences built in Virginia. In our view, the board is headed in the wrong direction.
Virginia’s sister regulatory bodies in Maryland and the District of Columbia jumped at this chance to save energy, homeowners’ money and reduce unnecessary pollution. But the Virginia board has tentatively decided not to include the improvements recommended by the International Code Council that would increase building efficiency through a “whole house” solution, integrating all elements of home efficiency in the state building code revision it’s working on now.
Trinkle is a member of Roanoke City Council. Cutler is a former member of Roanoke City Council.