The green building movement is beginning to find its way into building construction codes. Construction professionals should be aware of these developments because, over time, green construction codes likely will play significant roles in many construction projects, including roofing projects.
Some recent developments include California's adoption of a state-developed green building standard and the International Code Council's (ICC's) development of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC).
In January, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced California's Building Standards Commission unanimously adopted the mandatory California Green Building Standards Code (CALGREEN), the first code in the U.S. requiring all new buildings to be more energy-efficient and environmentally responsible.