Nation's First Set of Model Codes and Standards for Green Building Announced

Organizations representing building safety professionals, energy and lighting engineers, green building practitioners, architects and technical standards developers have all come together to establish a comprehensive green building code designed to rapidly advance green building practice across the U.S., according to a news release.

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), representing the merger of two national efforts to develop adoptable and enforceable green building codes.

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., the release says.

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 internationally.

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 and ASHRAE, USGBC and IES's technical strengths, this partnership will accelerate the proliferation of green building codes and standards developed jointly by ICC, ASHRAE and USGBC and IES, across the country and around the globe, according to the release.

The newly launched International Green Construction Code (IGCC) establishes a regulatory framework for the construction of high performance commercial buildings that are safe, sustainable and by the book.

For more information, visit http://www.ashrae.org.

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