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ICC Supports Building Green
The International Code Council (ICC) has issued a policy position on green building and sustainable communities to emphasize its commitment to social responsibility and expand the boundaries of public safety.
"Building safety professionals and others in the construction industry have long had a positive impact on the environment," says Wally Bailey, ICC's board president. "Strong, durable buildings that are safe and affordable have a smaller impact on the world's limited resources. ICC is committed to educating our members on green building and participating in activities with other organizations that will assure green building practices are sustainable and safe."
The policy outlines several initiatives to support green building, including educating its members on programs available for achieving environmentally responsible buildings. The ICC will advocate for green building in the legislative, regulatory and codes arenas. It will promote environmental features of the international codes and how they support green building.
The U.S. Department of Energy continues to reference the International Energy Conservation Code as the benchmark for conserving resources used in construction and daily living. In a report issued to the International Code Council Industry Advisory Committee by the Task Group on Green Buildings, it concluded that there were very few, if any, serious barriers in the codes that would inhibit green building techniques and methods.