International Green Construction Code is launched

On March 15, the International Code Council (ICC); American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); and Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of North America introduced the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). The IGCC is designed to provide language that broadens and strengthens building codes to accelerate the construction of high-performance green buildings.

The document represents the merger of two national efforts to develop adoptable, enforceable green building codes. ICC and ASHRAE have worked to develop codes and standards for residential and commercial buildings. Coordinating with these efforts, USGBC has been leading a nationwide green building movement focused on its LEED® Green Building Rating System.™

The groups' efforts led to the creation of the IGCC, which establishes a regulatory framework for constructing safe, sustainable, high-performance commercial buildings.