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 HERE for related article). According to ICC chief executive 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 enforced.

Building envelope systems are covered in section 605 of the January 4, 2010, draft (CLICK HERE to review that document). The draft notes that compliance 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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