Virginia’s building code accepts vented crawl spaces as the default, only allowing for non-vented crawl spaces in certain situations. These situations are a little more nebulous and less well-defined than the exceptions in North Carolina’s code. You can have a non-vented crawl space as long as the space meets the following requirements: 

  • Certain minimum coverage with a vapor barrier 
  • A method of mechanical crawl space ventilation that meets a certain rate of ventilation; the residential code doesn’t mandate the type of ventilation 
  • A termite inspection gap of 1-2 inches

All “under-floor spaces” also have the following requirements:  

  • Access openings through the floor or wall 
  • Flood resistance in hazard areas

The Virginia building code is notably lacking in information for both vented and unvented crawl spaces. A crawl space expert will be able to help you determine the right choices for anything that’s not covered.

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