Building industry provided with language that broadens and strengthens building codes in a way that will accelerate the construction of high-performance green buildings across the country.
The International Code Council, the American
Society of Heating, Refrigeration and
Air-Conditioning Engineers, the U.S. Green Building Council and the
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America recently launched the
International Green Construction Code, which represents the merger of two
national efforts to develop adoptable and enforceable green building codes. The
IGCC provides the building industry with language that broadens and strengthens
building codes in a way that will accelerate the construction of
high-performance green buildings across the United States.
The code establishes a regulatory framework for the construction of
high-performance commercial buildings that are safe, sustainable and
An addition to the technical content of the IGCC is the inclusion of
ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High
Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, as an
alternate path of compliance. Standard 189.1 is a set of technically rigorous
requirements, which, like the IGCC, covers criteria including water-use
efficiency, indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, materials and
resource use and the building’s impact on its site and its community.