Posted by: Josh Quinter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The International Green Construction Code was developed by the International Code Council -more commonly known as the ICC - and first published in 2012. Its state purpose is to develop a model code for the measurement of sustainability in the construction industry. The goal in developing the code is to "make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare".
New code developments are underway to align the LEED program with the new code. The purpose of the "realignment" is to consolidate and streamline the regulatory construct of the code. This would theoretically allow for a more universal application by jurisdictions across the United States. The mechanism by which it will be accomplished is the development and implementation of new ANSI, ASHRAE, IES, and USGBC standards as it relates to the design of high performance, green buildings (to exclude low-rise Residential buildings).