WEST VIRGINIA CODE
CHAPTER 5. GENERAL POWERS AND AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNOR, SECRETARY OF STATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL; BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS; MISCELLANEOUS AGENCIES, COMMISSIONS, OFFICES, PROGRAMS, ETC.
ARTICLE 21. ENERGY COST REDUCTION GUIDELINES.
As used in this article:
(a) "ASHRAE" means the organization known as the American
Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.
(b) "Director" means the director of the governor's office of
economic and community development.
§5-21-2. Establishment of energy cost reduction guidelines;
The director shall develop statewide energy cost reduction
guidelines to be applicable to new and significantly renovated
buildings for which a building permit is issued. In developing the
guidelines, the director shall establish as the minimum criterion
the ASHRAE 90-75 standard energy conservation in new building
Based on the state guidelines each local jurisdiction in the
state having a building code shall require each permit application
to be accompanied by sufficient information to determine that the
energy conservation measures under the guidelines are met. A
letter of certification from an architect or a registered
professional engineer may provide adequate certification that the
new construction or renovation is in compliance with the minimum
criteria as established by the director.
The director shall provide training to local jurisdictions on
the application of the state guidelines, which may include training
programs developed by agencies of the federal government.
§5-21-3. Advisory commission.
To assist in the development and implementation of statewide
energy guidelines under this article, the director shall appoint an
advisory commission of seven members who shall serve without
compensation. In appointing the commission, the director shall
include representatives of building code enforcement agencies, the
architectural and engineering professions, public utilities, the
construction industry, legislative bodies of local units of
government and the general public.
The following shall be exempt from compliance with the energy
cost reduction guidelines developed under this article:
(a) Any type or class of building specifically made exempt by
the local jurisdiction;
(b) Mobile homes;
(c) Any structure neither heated nor cooled, nor designed for
human occupancy; and
(d) Any building specifically designated by a local
jurisdiction as being of historical significance.
§5-21-5. Effective date of guidelines on permit applications.
The provisions of this article shall not apply to any
application for a building permit made before the first day of
January, one thousand nine hundred eighty-one.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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