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ICC, ASHRAE, USGBC and IES Announce Green Building Codes and Standards

March 24, 2010
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Representing the merger of two national efforts to develop adoptable and enforceable green building codes, the International Code Council (ICC); the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) recently announced the launch of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). The IGCC provides the building industry with language that both broadens and strengthens building codes in a way that will accelerate the construction of high-performance green buildings across the U.S.

For decades, ICC and ASHRAE have worked to develop codes and standards that become the industry standard of care for the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of residential and commercial buildings in the U.S. and worldwide. In coordination with the efforts of ICC and ASHRAE, USGBC has been leading a nationwide green building movement centered on the LEED Green Building Rating System since LEED was launched in 2000.

Leveraging ICC’s delivery infrastructure to reach all 50 states and more than 22,000 local jurisdictions with ASHRAE, USGBC and IES’ technical strengths, this partnership will accelerate the proliferation of green building codes and standards developed jointly by ICC, ASHRAE and USGBC and IES. The newly launched IGCC establishes a regulatory framework for the construction of high-performance commercial buildings that are safe, sustainable and by the book.

“The emergence of green building codes and standards is an important next step for the green building movement, establishing a much-needed set of baseline regulations for green buildings that is adoptable, usable and enforceable by jurisdictions,” said ICC CEO Richard P. Weiland. “The IGCC provides a vehicle for jurisdictions to regulate green for the design and performance of new and renovated buildings in a manner that is integrated with existing codes as an overlay, allowing all new buildings to reap the rewards of improved design and construction practices.”

“The U.S. Green Building Council’s mission is market transformation, and we’ve long recognized the need to reach beyond the market leaders served by LEED to accomplish this goal,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the USGBC. “Broadening the scope of the codes and establishing a higher floor allows us to continue to raise the ceiling, a critical factor in how the building industry is working to mitigate climate change. We are thrilled to see this set of complementary green building codes and standards; our organizations working collaboratively will advance green building nationwide in a way that was never before possible. ”

For more information, visit www.iccsafe.org/cs/IGCC/Pages/default.aspx.

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