The International Code Council, ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council signed a memorandum to work together on the creation of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code and the LEED green building program.

This cooperation hopes to create a framework for jurisdictions looking to adopt green building regulations and codes, as well as provide incentives for voluntary leadership programs such as LEED.

The agreement outlines the development, maintenance and implementation of new versions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IED/USGBC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings and the IgCC, which will be formed into one regulatory tool. This agreement also aligns the LEED program with the new code to have a streamlined, effective set of regulatory and above-code options for jurisdictions across the country.

“Collaboratively working with our industry partners is producing real results that will help improve building performance, streamline regulation, reduce cost and allow us to focus our resources on goals we have in common,” ICC CEO Dominic Sims said. “This agreement continues the partnership we began in 2012 and assures that our members and partners have a meaningful role in shaping the future of the built environment.”