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Codes and Standards
April 22, 2009
The International Code Council has announced its intent to initiate a "Green
Building Code Development Project" targeted at the commercial market. The
objective of this new project is to develop a Green Building Code for
traditional and high-performance buildings that is consistent and coordinated
with the ICC family of Codes and Standards. The code will provide a new
regulatory framework built with leading recognized rating systems in mind. The
Code will provide criteria to drive green building into everyday practice.
This decision builds on a series of actions that began in the 1970s with the
creation of the International Energy Conservation Code. More recent Code Council
green initiatives include: signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S.
Green Building Council; issuing the National Green Building Standard in
partnership with the National Assn. of Home Builders; creating professional
development, including training and certification, to address green systems and
approaches; and creating a Sustainable Building Technology Committee, a Code
Council Board initiative.
The code likely will address energy efficiency (including solar and other
advanced technologies), water use efficiency, materials and resource use
conservation, indoor environmental quality, and overall building impact on the
environment. It will be developed under the Council's governmental consensus
process. The Code Council will seek the collaboration of key partners along with
input from its members and stakeholders. This coordinated approach will ensure
that code officials, design professionals and other industry experts will have a
prominent and appropriate role in the development process.
Feedback for the May 4 Code Council Board of Directors meeting regarding this
project is encouraged and requested. Ongoing input is also encouraged. Comments
may be sent to GreenBuildingCode@iccsafe.org