This month, the International Code Council (ICC) is publishing
Public Version 2.0 of the draft International Green Construction
Code (IGCC) for public review. When the final version is published
in 2012, it will provide minimum requirements for sustainable
construction. Because adoption of IGCC likely will significantly
affect the construction industry, I encourage you to be aware of
IGCC is an "overlay code," meaning it is intended to be used
with ICC's other model codes, including the International Building
Code and International Energy Conservation Code. IGCC is intended
to address sustainability requirements for buildings, including
building siting, construction and operation.
IGCC will provide minimum levels of sustainability and allow
jurisdictions to adopt requirements providing higher levels of
sustainability. For example, the draft includes a minimum provision
that no less than 35 percent of nonhazardous construction waste be
recycled. The jurisdictional requirements allow jurisdictions to
select higher levels for recycling—up to 50 or 65
percent—if desired. As a result, jurisdictions that adopt
IGCC may have noticeably different...
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