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Codes in Use

Virginia Tech uses the following codes related to building design and construction:

2018 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC), which adopts and amends:

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Plumbing Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2017 NFPA National Electric Code
  • 2016 NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinklers
  • 2016 NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code
  • 2018 Virginia Statewide Fire Protection Code
  • 2009 ICC/ANSI 117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
  • 2010 American with Disabilities ADAAG requirements


Codes and regulations are adopted by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Board of Housing and Community Development and periodic amendments are utilized to update codes and incorporate new reference standards. For additional information on the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, please visit either the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development or the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association. In addition, for state-owned property, the Commonwealth of Virginia Bureau of Engineering and Buildings has incorporated the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG), published July 23, 2004, excluding the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Scoping requirements. In cases that the ADAAG standards and ICC/ANSI Standards conflict, the most extensive requirements shall govern.

For additional information, contact the Office of the University Building Official at 540-231-5534.