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Nation's First Set of Model Codes for Green Building Announced
March 18, 2010

The International Code Council (ICC), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) recently announced the launch of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), representing the merger of two national efforts to develop adoptable and enforceable green building codes. The IGCC provides the building industry with language that both broadens and strengthens building codes in a way that will accelerate the construction of high performance green buildings across the U.S.

For decades, ICC and ASHRAE have worked to develop codes and standards that become the industry standard of care for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of residential and commercial buildings in the U.S. and internationally. In coordination with the efforts of ICC and ASHRAE, USGBC has been leading a nationwide green building movement centered on the LEED Green Building Rating System since LEED was launched in 2000. The convergence of these efforts in the IGCC is perhaps the most significant development in the buildings industry in the past 10 years. For more information on IGCC, see this IGCC Web Page


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