Gallery: ICC Unveils 2012 International Green Construction Code


The 2012 International Green Construction Code was just announced this week by the International Code Council – and it intends to be the first holistic code based on environmentally positive design. Rather than focusing on a few tweaks like traditional codes, the IgCC 2012 looks at a project’s entire system performance and breaks down specific details for compliance. The Green Code’s intent is to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste, and improve health — goals that its development co-partner the USGBC has been holding up as a mantle for years.

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  1. R_Krebs April 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Andrew Michler, thanks for covering this – We’ve been following the development of this new code with interest. I am pleased that they are placing heavy emphasis on building envelope efficiency. One of the most effective ways to make a building green is via more efficient insulation, doors, and windows: saving energy, greenhouse gases, and homeowner heating and cooling costs. We can now turn to ISO standards to help objectively measure what is sustainable. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the International Standards Organization’s science behind discovering and documenting energy saved. See Building energy performance is the ultimate indicator of a green building.

    Rob Krebs
    American Chemistry Council

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