After nearly two years of discussion, the International Code Council and ASHRAE have signed an agreement that outlines each group’s role in the development and maintenance of the new version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

The code, which is set to be released later this year, will be powered by ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 (entitled Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) and was developed using the ANSI-approved ASHRAE consensus process.

The joint Standing Standards Project Committee 189.1 (SSPC) will serve as the consensus body that will work to make sure the standard is consistent and coordinated with the ICC Family of Codes, the organizations stated.

“Our goal in this partnership all along has been to share resources to increase use of the IgCC and make it simpler for code officials, designers and contractors to build environmentally efficient structures that will lessen energy and water consumption and reduce the carbon footprint,” ICC Board President Guy Tomberlin, CBO, said. “We now are situated to do just that. We thank our partners, ICC members and all who will contribute to the development of the IgCC powered by 189.1.”

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