The Commonwealth of Virginia requires new commercial buildings and additions to comply with minimum energy efficiency standards, known as the Virginia Energy Conservation Code (VECC). A 2015 ISD memo to project superintendents provides more information about energy inspections during construction.
Arlington County Inspection Services Division (ISD) conducts a detailed plan review of new commercial buildings and additions prior to issuing a construction permit. As part of the plan review process, ISD requires that new commercial plans submitted for permit not only demonstrate compliance with the VECC but also provide a complete Arlington County Energy Cover Sheet. Projects must be designed and built to meet the requirements of the VECC and will be inspected during construction for compliance with the VECC.
There are several compliance methods for the VECC including, a prescriptive approach, an envelope tradeoff method, and an energy performance modeling method. Due to the large differences between these compliance methods, there is a different Arlington County Energy Cover Sheet for each method. The booklet below will guide you to select the appropriate Arlington County Energy Cover Sheet for your project. It includes links to the cover sheets, instructions, and examples. In addition, there is a section in the booklet covering common errors and FAQ.
Downloadable Energy Cover Sheets
If you know which compliance method you plan to use, download the appropriate Energy Cover Sheet:
- 2012 VECC Prescriptive
- 2012 VECC Residential Prescriptive
- ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Prescriptive
- 2012 VECC Envelope Tradeoff
- 2012 VECC Residential Tradeoff
- ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Envelope Tradeoff
- ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Energy Cost Budget