The International Code Council launched its International Green Construction Code (IGCC) initiative, which it hopes will reduce energy usage and the carbon footprint of commercial buildings. Titled “IGCC: Safe and Sustainable By the Book,” the initiative develops a model code focused on new and existing commercial buildings’ design and performance.
Buildings consume approximately 40 percent of
energy used and produce about the same amount of the nation’s carbon emissions,
says ICC. “We believe the time has come for us to develop a code that will
stand as a useful and credible regulatory framework for creating a greener
commercial building stock,” said Code Council CEO Richard P. Weiland.
“We applaud and plan to utilize the good work of those who have developed
systems, guidelines and standards to address green
At the announcement, ICC included a number of
organizations, including noting special roles for the American Institute of
Architects and ASTM as cooperating sponsors for this project. Weiland also
acknowledged the presence of many organizations that have developed “green
tools” impacting the built environment and welcomed their support and
assistance in crafting the new initiative.
In the past, ICC
members have played a role in the development of codes such as the
International Energy Conservation Code, Weiland said, and
also in the rapid evolution of new systems and guidelines to address green
technology. “[It is] time to move into a new era of codes that specifically
focus on green buildings and high performance. We are now at a place in the
evolution of the sustainability movement that requires the specificity, the
reliability and the enforceability that only a code can bring,” he stated.
The timeline for the new IGCC includes public
meetings of the Sustainable Building Technology Committee, a public comment
period on the committee’s initial draft, and a final draft that will be made
available in 2010 as a resource document before it moves through the
development hearing and final action hearing stages. The AIA and ASTM will have
“visible participation” in the development process, Weiland said, and he
referenced the compatibility of the AIA 2030 carbon neutrality goals with the
green code initiative.
The first public meetings of the
SBTC are scheduled for 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. July 28-29, and 8 a.m. – 2 pm July 30,
at the Wyndham O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL. The meetings of the SBTC are open
meetings with meeting dates posted at ICC’s Web site.
visit the IGCC Web page, go to www.iccsafe.org/IGCC.
For more information on supporting publications and services for green
activities, review the Code Council’s green pages at www.iccsafe.org/green.
ICC Launches Green Code Initiative
August 4, 2009