Virginia Beach Offers Tax Incentives For Energy Efficient Homes

Virginia Beach is among the leading municipalities in the State of Virginia for promoting energy-efficient building practices for residential and commercial construction projects within its jurisdictional area. A special tax rate deduction program provides an opportunity for property owners to reduce the tax rate on qualified residential and commercial energy-efficient buildings, not including the land on which they are located.

GMF+ ASSOCIATES, architect, has created many residential plan designs that have qualified for the tax reduction program in Virginia Beach. The projects have ranged in value from modest homes under 2,000 SF to large estate homes. Three examples of the larger homes are shown in this “house of the week” flyer.

Each of the homes qualifying for the tax reduction are designed to include many energy efficient features, products and methods of construction. The application and verification process must demonstrate that the completed homes exceed the current energy efficient standards as prescribed in the Virginia Statewide Building Code by at least 30%.

In the case of each of the homes shown in this flyer the plans were submitted to and certified by the EarthCraft House program, as well as inspected by and tested by registered Home Energy Raters. There are other acceptable certification programs for qualifying for the tax reduction program in Virginia Beach, including the NHBA green building and LEED for homes.

Information about the program, qualification requirements and the tax rate savings are posted on the city website: City of Virginia Beach

For more information about house designs that qualify for a property tax deduction in Virginia Beach, give Greg Frech a call on his cell at 757-435-3796 or email him at

Information about the program, qualification requirements and the tax rate savings are posted on the Virginia Beach City website:


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