Green Building Code Approved as American Standard

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A National Green Building Standard, known as ICC-700, has been approved as a national standard by the International Code Council. The standard provides guidance for safe and sustainable building practices for both new and renovated single-family and high-rise residential buildings, according to an ICC news release.

Jointly developed by ICC—a membership organization dedicated to developing safety and related building codes—and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), it is the first green standard that is consistent and coordinated with the ICC's family of I-Codes and standards, the news release states.

"This new tool for state and local governments fills an important gap to provide a measurable framework for efforts to produce green and sustainable housing," said Richard P. Weiland, Code Council CEO. In concert with energy codes, and rating systems such as LEED, EnergyStar and Green Globes, "the application of ICC-700 can contribute to greater energy, water and resource efficiency along with reduced long-term costs to consumers and to our planet," he added.

The ICC-700 standard, as well as related publications and more information is available at