Department of Housing and Community Development

Governor Northam recognizes DHCD’s Charlotte Carter

Charlotte Carter, Training and Development Coordinator for DHCD was recognized by Governor Ralph Northam with the Governor’s Award for Customer Service during a ceremony held at the Governor’s mansion on June 4, 2018. Charlotte’s award-winning customer service was described in the Governor’s press release as follows:  “Charlotte Carter exemplifies true customer service, providing personalized and […]

SAP Building Evaluator Training

From AIA Virginia: AIA Disaster Assistance Program: Building Evaluator Training Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors; this course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). The program is managed by Cal OES with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA. It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid […]

Welcome Kelly Duggins!

The Virginia Code Academy welcomes it’s newest staff Kelly Duggins! Kelly joins DHCD in the Building and Fire Regulations Division as a training coordinator. He comes to the agency from Old Dominion University, where he worked for both the Department of History and the Office Admissions. Prior to his work at ODU, Kelly also worked for […]

Kidde Recalls Smoke Alarms

Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:  A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers […]

Free Photovoltaic Online Training for Code Officials

Free Photovoltaic Online Training for Code Officials The PV Online Training course covers major topics of concern for field inspection and expedited permitting through seven online training modules. Topics include: Roof Mounted Arrays and Wire Management Electrical for Roof and Ground Mounted Arrays Specifics of Ground Mounted Arrays Appropriate Signage Equipment Ratings Expedited Permitting Upon […]

National Women’s History Month – ICC recognizes Chesterfield’s Teresa Gerber

The Department of Housing and Community Development is proud to share the story of this accomplished Virginia woman.  Way to go Teresa! March is National Women’s History Month. As part of this celebration, the International Code Council (ICC) is recognizing women making history in the building safety industry. Meet Teresa Gerber, Chair of the ICC Property […]

Important Safety Alert: KONE Escalator – Potential Electrical Shock Risk

KONE recently identified a potential electrical shock risk with certain KONE TravelMaster escalators.  KONE is proactively communicating this issue to technicians, the union, AHJs, service providers and others in the industry while it works to resolve the matter. Click here to view a copy of the KONE Safety Alert. Excerpt from KONE’s Safety Alert (Click […]