International Green Construction Code Releases Groundbreaking Green Building Standards

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Today the International Code Council (ICC) released the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), the first-ever international green building codes and standards. Standard 189.1, or Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, establishes technical requirements for green building that include energy efficiency, site sustainability, water use efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials and resources.

Standard 189.1 is a step in the right direction for green building. By creating much-needed standards for the green building industry, the IGCC has established a set of regulations that can be easily adopted and enforced. The standards go beyond those set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and provide design guidance for building designers and engineers.

The IGCC represents the combined efforts of four groups: the International Code Council; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers; the U.S. Green Building Council; and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. Written by experts representing all aspects of the green building industry, the code was developed in a little more than three years, underwent four public reviews and received more than 2,500 comments before it was finalized.