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Codes

The 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) is the currently adopted building code for all construction in Virginia.

Codes and standards referenced by the 2012 VUSBC:

Free access to all ICC Codes with Virginia amendments is available here.
Printed Virginia codes may be ordered from the ICC by clicking here.

Free access to NFPA standards can be found here.
Printed NFPA standards may be ordered at the same location.

Design Criteria

Charlottesville Seismic and Climate Information

Ground Snow Load: 30 psf​

Wind Exposure: Category B (unless otherwise determined by actual site conditions)​

​Wind Speed: 90 mph

Spectral Response Acceleration:

  • Ss%g: 20.8% (unless otherwise determined by actual site conditions)
  • S1%g: 6.9% (unless otherwise determined by actual site conditions)

Subject to Damage from:

  • Weathering: Severe
  • Frost Depth: 18” min.
  • Termite: Moderate to heavy
  • Decay: Slight to Moderate

Ice Shield Required: Yes

​Flood Hazard: some areas yes, refer to FIRM

Climate Zone: 4

Winter Design Temperature: 16° F

Yearly Heating Days: 3963

Yearly Cooling Days: 1348

​Mean Annual temperature: 56.8F

​Air Freezing Index: 273

​Latitude/Longitude: 38° 02’ 8.36” N / 78° 30’ 12.02” W

Note: For construction occurring in locations other than Charlottesville, please consult the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code for local conditions affecting design criteria.