Green building will no longer be voluntary in cities across the country, after the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution backing mandatory green building codes nationwide. At its annual members meeting in Oklahoma City this month, the group of more than 1,200 mayors endorsed the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) for all new commercial buildings. The code, to be released in November, includes standards for energy, water and air quality.
In most cities across the country, green building is voluntary. By requiring new buildings to be built green, the United States could save up to $140 billion a year (largely by decreasing our use of fossil fuels). The resolution would also help cities meet the American Institute of Architects’ goal of making all new buildings carbon-neutral by 2030.