November 19, 2010
The International Code Council recently unveiled its latest edition of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), known as IGCC Public Version 2.0, at the annual U.S. Green Building Council’s “Greenbuild” conference. Cooperating sponsors of the IGCC are the American Institute of Architects, ASTM International, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
At the Greenbuild announcement Code Council Chief Executive Officer Richard P. Weiland said, “IGCC Version 2.0 is provided as a resource tool for jurisdictions considering adoption or amendment of regulations regarding green construction, and is available as a free download on the Code Council’s website. Public Version 2.0 reflects the work of the IGCC Public Hearings Committee, which conducted a review of 1,500 comments and nearly 120 hours of testimony during eight days of public hearings in Chicago last August.”
The IGCC applies to new and existing, traditional and high-performance commercial buildings. It includes ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 as a compliance option. Coordinated with the ICC family of codes, the IGCC is designed to go beyond traditional code requirements for communities that are aggressively pursuing a sustainable goal.
The IGCC development process now moves to two hearings in 2011. Code change proposals for Version 2.0 are due to the Code Council by January 3rd. Those proposals will be heard at the Code Development Hearings in May, to be held in Dallas. More information on submitting proposals can be found here.
The actions at that hearing will form the basis for Final Action Hearings to be held in October 2011 in Phoenix. The final version of the IGCC will be issued in early 2012.