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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 time."

"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 and stakeholders.

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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