International Green Building Code Finally Released
The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) was finally released today after much compromise and debate on how to best set a standard 'green' building code so municipalities will not have to'"reinvent the code wheel" for new and existing buildings. The goal of the IGCC is tailored to significantly reduce the negative environmental impact of current construction methods by making sustainable building construction and maintenance an everyday practice.
Using the state of California's Green Building Standards Code initiated in 2008 as a model, the International Code Council, made up of major industry groups like the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the global standards firm ASTM International, created industry-wide municipal guidelines.
The IGCC does allow for "jurisdictional electives" so municipalities can customize their building codes to match a region's unique climate and environmental impact factors. But it also hopes to help local lawmakers avoid contradictory ordinances and out-dated restrictions which could hamper approved IGCC practices.