Real estate tax; classification of certain energy-efficient buildings. (HB239)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) with support from co-patrons Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Shannon Valentine (D-Lynchburg), and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Classification of real property; energy-efficient buildings. Provides that energy-efficient buildings that meet performance guidelines or standards under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, EarthCraft House program, or Energy Star program may be classified as a separate class of real property for tax purposes. Certification of energy-efficiency would be determined by a certification issued under any one of the programs or a determination by an engineer designated by the locality that the building meets or exceeds the performance guidelines or standards under any one of the three programs. Under current law, buildings that exceed the energy efficiency standards prescribed in the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code by at least 30 percent are deemed energy-efficient buildings, and the certification of energy efficiency is performed by an engineer or contractor that is not related to the taxpayer. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/28/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087797472
12/28/2007Referred to Committee on Finance
01/13/2008Impact statement from TAX (HB239)
01/15/2008Assigned Finance sub: 1
02/07/2008Reported from Finance with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Committee substitute printed 081928472-H1
02/08/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Read second time
02/11/2008Committee substitute agreed to 081928472-H1
02/11/2008Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB239H1
02/12/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/12/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to Senate
02/13/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on Finance
02/18/2008Impact statement from TAX (HB239H1)
02/20/2008Reported from Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/2008Read third time
02/22/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB239ER)
02/26/2008Signed by Speaker
02/27/2008Impact statement from TAX (HB239ER)
02/28/2008Signed by President
03/04/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 288 (effective 7/1/08)
03/11/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0288)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB174.


carolyn holmes writes:

I do support this bill and encourage the Assembly to consider other bills which would reward persons who can accomplish smaller, less costly energy savings.

All please consider tax credits for solar power systems. Help make them more affordable.