ICC Moves Forward in Developing Integrated
Green Construction Code
January 12, 2010
The International Code Council (ICC) is nearing completion of its
International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which is designed
for traditional and high-performance commercial buildings (CLICK
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officer Richard P. Weiland, the development of the IgCC will provide
the construction industry with an integrated regulatory framework
to put into practice that meets the goal of greening the construction
and design of new and existing buildings. The IgCC is designed specifically
to integrate and coordinate with other International Codes already
Building envelope systems are covered in section 605 of the January
4, 2010, draft (CLICK
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with the Section 502 requirements of the International Energy Conservation
Code for building envelope systems is mandatory and presumed for
an IgCC Total Annual Net Energy Use (TANEU) Point of Entry evaluation,
though provisions in the draft may supersede the requirements of
IECC Section 502 in certain instances.
Several industry organizations and associations are supporting the
development of the IgCC. Both the American Institute of Architects
and ASTM International are cooperating sponsors and a number of
other organizations have representation on the IgCC drafting committee,
known as the Sustainable Building Technology Committee (SBTC), including
the U.S. Green Building Council Green Globes Initiative.
The last drafting meeting of the SBTC will take place January 28-30
in Austin, Texas. The first public version of the IgCC will be published
in March. At the same time developers say the IgCC will undergo
continual maintenance with the solicitation of additional public
comments thru hearings being conducted in August. The IgCC will
then go through another round of review, comments and public hearings
in 2011 publication in the 2012 ICC Family of Codes.
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