ICC to Initiate Green Code Development Project
April 23, 2009
The International Code Council (ICC) has announced its intent to
initiate a "Green Building Code Development Project" targeted
at the commercial market. According the announcement, the objective
of this new project is to develop a Green Building Code for traditional
and high-performance buildings that is consistent and coordinated
with the ICC family of codes and standards. The code will provide
a new regulatory framework built with leading recognized rating
systems in mind, and will provide criteria to drive green building
into everyday practice.
"It has become clear to us that to advance the goal of achieving
more sustainable building performance, some regulatory framework
is needed for areas where market forces are not enough," said
ICC chief executive officer Richard P. Weiland. "We face challenges
not only with new construction, but with existing buildings and
how we can increase their levels of safety and sustainability over
"We have arrived at an opportune time to build on the information
and resources available to us to design a useable code as a model
for green building programs," added ICC board president Adolf
Zubia. "We plan to use the same principles that have made the
Code Council family of codes so successful, which is the development
of model regulatory material that is consistent, coordinated and
developed in a consensus process."
According to the ICC, the code likely will address energy efficiency
(including solar and other advanced technologies), water use efficiency,
materials and resource use conservation, indoor environmental quality
and overall building impact on the environment and will be developed
under the ICC's governmental consensus process. The ICC will seek
the collaboration of key partners along with input from its members
The initial approach will include the following components:
- The new code will focus on the commercial market;
- Residential issues will be addressed through ICC 700, known
as the National Green Building Standard;
- The development approach will be the same used for any new I-Code:
Convene a select drafting committee; invite public comment on
the initial draft; and place the final draft into the Code Council
code development process.
Feedback for the May 4, Code Council board of directors meeting
regarding this project is encouraged and requested.
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