State and local buildings, certain; building standards. (HB2001)

Introduced By

Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station) with support from 13 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Sen. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Building standards for certain state and local buildings. Requires that any executive branch agency or institution or locality entering the design phase for the construction of a new building greater than 5,000 gross square feet in size or the renovation of a building where the cost of the renovation exceeds 50 percent of the value of the building ensure that such building has sufficient electric vehicle charging infrastructure, defined in the bill, and has features that permit the agency or institution to track the building's energy efficiency and carbon emissions. The bill authorizes the Director of the Department of General Services to grant exemptions to such standards, in writing and with certain terms. The bill requires agencies to annually report to the Governor the energy efficiency and carbon emissions metrics for each such building built or renovated. The bill requires localities to design such building projects according to the same or similar standards, or more stringent standards if adopted by ordinance. The bill also requires that localities incorporate appropriate resilience and distributed energy features. The bill requires that any exemption from the standards granted by resolution of the governing body of a locality be made in writing and explain the basis for granting the exemption. The bill contains a delayed enactment of July 1, 2023, with respect to the provisions related to any locality with a population of less than 100,000. Read the Bill »


03/31/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102562D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2021Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2001)
01/19/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
01/21/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2021Reported from General Laws with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Committee substitute printed 21103258D-H1
01/21/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/22/2021Assigned App. sub: Capital Outlay
01/23/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2001H1)
01/25/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/25/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 2-N)
01/25/2021Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Committee substitute printed 21103607D-H2
01/25/2021Substitute bill reprinted 21103607D-H2
01/26/2021Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB2001)
01/26/2021Read first time
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2001H2)
01/27/2021Read second time
01/27/2021Committee on General Laws substitute rejected 21103258D-H1
01/27/2021Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 21103607D-H2
01/27/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2001H2
01/28/2021Read third time and passed House (53-Y 45-N)
01/28/2021VOTE: Passage (53-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/17/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/22/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 3-N)
02/24/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/25/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/25/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/25/2021Passed Senate with amendment (22-Y 17-N)
02/25/2021Placed on Calendar
02/25/2021Senate amendment agreed to by House (52-Y 45-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 45-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2001ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2001ER)
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 473 (effective - see bill)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0473)