International Green Construction Code: Game-Changer in Sustainable Building

For the last decade, green building rating systems have been the top standard for designing sustainable buildings, but at the end of the day, they are non-enforceable guidelines. Because buildings are the largest contributors of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it’s become clear in recent years that a more rigorous and complete set of rules are needed for green and sustainable building. The work needed to formalize a code to address sustainability has been a major industry challenge – that is, until now.

A new proposal – currently being developed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Code Council (ICC) and a group of partner organizations – called the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) could bring the required sea change to the design and construction industry when it comes to sustainable design. The code, which will provide a set of rules and policies by which buildings and their designs must abide, is the first actionable step in making “going green” a requirement and not simply an owner’s choice. The AIA is spearheading the effort as part of its mission to help architects take an active role in lowering the nation’s overall energy consumption… more

by George H. Miller, FAIA  Source: Reuters

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