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Code Council to Initiate Development Project
April 30, 2009

The International Code Council announces its intent to initiate a “Green Building Code Development Project” targeted at the commercial market. The objective of this new project is to develop a Green Building Code for traditional and high-performance buildings that is consistent and coordinated with the ICC family of Codes and Standards. The code will provide a new regulatory framework built with leading recognized rating systems in mind. The Code will provide criteria to drive green building into everyday practice.

The code likely will address energy efficiency (including solar and other advanced technologies), water use efficiency, materials and resource use conservation, indoor environmental quality and overall building impact on the environment. It will be developed under the Council’s governmental consensus process. The Code Council will seek the collaboration of key partners along with input from its members and stakeholders. This coordinated approach will ensure that code officials, design professionals and other industry experts will have a prominent and appropriate role in the development process.

An initial planning session to discuss the scope of the project was held on Earth Day, April 22nd, in Chicago with experts in the area of green building science. Feedback for the May 4th, Code Council Board of Directors meeting regarding this project is encouraged and requested. Ongoing input is also encouraged. Comments may be sent to

Going forward, the new Sustainable Building Technology Committee will play a key role. Persons interested in serving on this new Committee should submit their information to

Please track the progress of the Green Code development by reading our website at

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