The International Green Construction Code Is Live—But What Does it Mean?
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After a long and arduous democratic process, the 2012 version of the IgCC is finished. Learn what it's all about and what it means for LEED and other voluntary rating systems. How do you build a green building? Let me count the ways. We've ... "As the IgCC begins to inform building codes and building practice across the country, LEED is evolving to reward greater thresholds of green building leadership," said Roger Platt, senior vice president of Global Policy & Law, USGBC. "We need public policy that rewards this beyond-code leadership alongside codes that redefine what we should expect of our buildings. The IgCC and Standard 189.1 are an important and intentional complement to LEED." So what's actually in this code? If you are familiar with LEED, you should feel very at home with the green code. It covers many of the same bases. Remember to keep in mind that, once adopted by a jurisdiction, this code will apply to just about every building--new and substantially renovated--and a green building code is never going to have as high a bar as a voluntary rating system. We haven't had a chance to review the full document yet, but you can check out our rundown of what was in the most recent draft of the code , including energy, site, IAQ, and other provisions. How to learn more I've yet to see a comprehensive treatment of the code aside from our rundown, but we'll pore through the whole document so you don't have to! Watch for more coverage here soon. AIA has announced that it will also be putting out a guide to IgCC on May 15 (PDF), so we'll keep you apprised of those developments too. You can also order a guide put out by ICC here .