State Code Status: West Virginia
Current Commercial Code
Passed 7/18/2012, effective 9/1/2013
✔ Can use COMcheck to show compliance.
Current Residential Code
Passed 7/18/2012, effective 9/1/2013
✔ Can use REScheck to show compliance.
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Climate Zones: 4A, 5A
Code Adoption and Change Process
Code Change Process
Legislative and Regulatory: The West Virginia State Fire Commission is responsible for adopting, promulgating, and amending statewide construction codes. The Administrative Procedures Act requires public hearings on the adoption of all codes by the State Fire Commission.
Code Change Cycle
No set schedule
Next Code Update
|September 1, 2013||
The 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007 become effective for residential and commercial buildings, respectively. West Virginia has moved to the 2012 I-codes with the exception of the energy code.
|April 2, 2012||
The West Virginia State Fire Marshal proposes a regulatory rule amending Title 87 of the state administrative code to update the residential and commercial building energy codes to the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007 unamended. Currently, the state’s code for private residential and commercial construction is based on the 2003 IECC. The proposed rule also includes an update to the 2012 IBC and the 2012 IRC for one and two family dwellings, with amendments removing Section 101.4.5 on fire prevention from the IBC and Section 404.12 underground piping burial depth from the IRC. If completed, the rule must pass through a regulatory rulemaking oversight committee of the state legislature to be officially adopted by the state.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signs SB 76 into law as the Green Buildings Act. This legislation requires that all state-funded construction (including public schools) begun after July 1, 2012 comply with ASHRAE 90.1-2007 and the 2009 IECC.
|January – March 2011||
Two bills are introduced in the West Virginia Legislature concerning building energy efficiency:
Neither bill ends up becoming law.
|January 13, 2010||
House Bill 4008 is introduced to the West Virginia House Committee on Government Organization concerning the Green Buildings Act. It would require the use of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes standard for new construction and renovation of state buildings. The bill would:
This bill dies in the House Finance committee in February 2010.
|May 7, 2009||
Governor Joe Manchin signs legislation that directs the State Fire Commission to promulgate rules adding the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007 to the state building code. The West Virginia State Fire Commission commences the subsequent rulemaking process.
The state adopts the 2003 IECC for residential and commercial buildings.
|April 3, 1991||
The 1990 National Energy Conservation Code (NECC) os adopted by reference (Title 87, Series 4, Section 4.1, Legislative Rules) along with other codes for building design and construction.
|April 28, 1989||
A state building code, authorized by the legislature, becomes effective, preempting all other local codes. The State Fire Marshal had requested this legislation in 1987. The State Fire Commission appointed 11 members, approved the Fire Marshal’s request, and worked with the legislature to successfully pass legislation authorizing the State Fire Commission to promulgate a state building code.
This feature allows users to track progress towards goals of adoption, compliance, and implementation in their state. If you have any updates about strides that your state has made in any of the categories below, please contact BCAP.
The West Virginia toolkit is currently under construction.
News and Events
Population: 1,844,128 (US Census Bureau, 2015)
New Privately Owned Housing Units Authorized by Permit Type (US Census Construction Statistics, 2014)
|3 or 4 units||140|
|5 or more units||591|
Commercial buildings: 1.6 MMT
Residential buildings: 1.9 MMT
Commercial building energy consumption:
112.3 trillion BTU in 2012
Residential building energy consumption:
174.1 trillion BTU in 2012
Commercial building energy expenditures:
$936.4 million in 2012
Residential building energy expenditures:
$1.66 billion in 2012
Energy snapshot: According to EIA, the residential sector in West Virginia consumes 23.6% of overall energy, while the commercial sector consumes 15.2%.
This page was last modified on: July 21, 2016