International Green Code is a misnomer

I read with interest from GreenBuildingAdviser a report that the ICC (International Code Council) is also playing catch-up and going green! ICC intends to create the definitive International Green Building code, read more on their website. Of course, ICC is not alone, it has partnered with august organisations such as AIA (American Institute of Architects) and ASTM (American Standards) so it will be anything but international.

Personally, I have more faith in the promised co-operation between USGBC, BREEAM, and UKGBC to tackle common global carbon emissions than ICC setting a global green construction code, which like LEED will be difficult for countries outside north America to incorporate. It is heartening and reassuring that sustainable building is finally escaping from the dark back alley, becoming a main street activity.

– John Herbert, Consultant, Kelcroft E&M Limited
helping lower the cost and impact of doing business in Asia

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  1. Hi John – You might be interested to know that the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) will be part of the family of International Codes that not only are adopted and enforced in the U.S., but used as models for code development around the world.

    It is our desire to create a document that actually will be useable by code enforcement officials and reflect the input of architects and other stakeholders at the very beginning of our process through its completion. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has recently endorsed this initiative: http://www.iccsafe.org/news/nr/2009/0722_USGBC.pdf. Rather than playing catch up this effort builds upon the valuable work in the systems and standards arenas, and will result in a well-informed regulatory framework that addresses an important gap: no consistent and enforceable code currently exists.

    The attempt to fill this gap with a variety of homegrown versions, while well intended, does not provide a useful basis for building designers, developers and other stakeholders to address green construction across jurisdictional boundaries.

    Best regards,
    Laura Taylor on behalf of the International Code Council

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