Back in October 2010, Doug Reiser and I co-presented on the topic of substituting LEED for traditional building codes. As we were finishing our presentation, I reiterated our primary theme that LEED standards should not be used as a building code. One of the audience members raised her hand and asked why weren’t we discussing the International Green Construction Code (IGCC).
That audience member was right--states are beginning to consider the adoption of IGCC as a state-wide green buiding code in lieu of LEED certification requirements.
The IGCC is available for a free download. I suggest you take a look at it. At the front of the code is a “Roadmap to the International Green Constructon Code” that I found to be helpful:
“Chapter 3 is the core of the (IGCC). It is formatted to: facilitate the customization of this code to address local issues; provide options for construction which exceed the minimum requirements of this code; and provide for the implementation of best practice. . . .
All of the provisions of this code, other than those selected by the jurisdiction in Table 302.1 and those designated as project electives, are mandatory as applicable.”
Rhode Island was one of the first states to adopt the IGCC. Interestingly, Rhode Island adopted the code as an “‘equivalent standard’ to meet requirements that all new major facility projects by state agencies be constructed as green buildings.”
Do you see other states adopting IGCC as an “equivalent standard” to other green building rating systems?