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Green Construction Code Targets
Energy Efficiency, Smaller Carbon Footprints for Commercial Bldgs
An initiative to develop a building code for new and existing commercial buildings focused on energy efficient building design and performance was launched last week by the International Code Council (ICC)
The ICC is a membership organization whose purpose is to develop codes to construct many types of commercial and residential buildings. ICC codes are used by many states, cities and other localities throughout the U.S.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and ASTM International (ASTM) are cooperating sponsors of the program.
In announcing the initiative, Richard P. Weiland, chief executive of the code council, acknowledged the many "green tools" that have been developed by other organizations. However, he added that it is time to move into, "a new era of codes that specifically focus on green buildings and high performance. We are now at a place in the evolution of the sustainability movement that requires the specificity, the reliability, and the enforceability that only a code can bring."
The US Green Building Council's LEED rating program and the National Association of Home Builders National Green Building Standard, for example, do not have the enforceability of a building code such as those adopted by cities and states.
ICC expects to have a final draft of the proposed code available as a resource document some time next year. Prior, ICC will formulate an initial draft for a public review period. The final draft will then move through development hearing and a final action hearings stage.
Read the news release. and for more information, visit the ICC website.