Tag Archives: Codes and Regulations

IgCC will now be Powered by ASHRAE 189.1

Last Friday, the International Code Council and ASHRAE announced that the new version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), .. scheduled to be released in 2018, .. will be powered by" ASHRAE Standard 189.1. .. Much of the early reaction has been nonplussed given that, today, there are only a handful of IgCC green buildings.… Continue Reading

HUD Adopts 2009 IECC (Not the 2012 or 2015 version) and Why You Care

For all intents and purposes federally assisted housing must now be green. And while such is generally viewed as positive and as advancing green building (.. the big winner may be LEED), some worry about the implications for affordable housing and others about the homogenization of American housing by federal government efforts to save the planet.… Continue Reading

You Can Participate in Updating the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard

With nearly 128 million residential housing units existed in the U.S., if green building is going to mitigate the negative impacts that human activity has on the planet, green building must include houses. And there are opportunities for you to participate in the development of the 2015 version of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.… Continue Reading

Proposals for changes to the International Green Construction Code are due by January 10

Proposals for changes to the International Code Council's "Green Construction Code" have been accepted since November and are due not later than January 10, 2014. Proposed IgCC changes are accepted from any member of the public. This is your opportunity to effect change in the environmental industrial complex.… Continue Reading

A Green Building Game of Thrones

"Winter is coming."   This is the common refrain in the popular book, Game of Thrones, in which kings vie to take over lands.  As I thought about the green building policy mess of 2012, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Game of Thrones.  This was supposed to be the year of the USGBC’s … Continue Reading

Maybe We Should Rethink LEED Laws

For much of 2011, my focus has been the Destiny USA project.  This should not come as a surprise to readers who waded through my thirteen posts on the topic.  I had planned to not write about the Destiny USA project again.  But then I came across a press release while I was at Greenbuild:  Destiny USA in Syracuse … Continue Reading

Did You Miss Greenbuild?

Over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Jeremy Sigmon at the US Green Building Council. Jeremy works to educate the public and government officials about building codes. It has been a busy year for him with the introduction of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). When Jeremy invited me to … Continue Reading

The Green Building Code is Too Confusing

I have spent just over a year thinking about the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).  I know it has been one year because I received my first copy of the code at Greenbuild 2010.  My conclusion today about the code is no different than it was one year ago:  The IgCC is unnecessarily confusing.  Take, for instance, … Continue Reading

IGCC Series: Star Gazing in a World of Light Pollution

The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) is a model code for cities seeking to promote sustainable building practices through their building codes. The IGCC promotes transition from the current voluntary green construction certifications, like USGBC’s LEED, to mandatory green construction codes. As the most recent revisions of the IGCC are currently under review, Green Building … Continue Reading

IGCC Series: The Energy Conservation Obstacle to IGCC Adoption

The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) is a model code for cities seeking to promote sustainable building practices through their building codes. The IGCC promotes a transition from the current voluntary green construction certifications, like USGBC’s LEED, to mandatory green construction codes. As the most recent revisions of the IGCC are currently under review, Green … Continue Reading

IGCC Series: Longevity and Adaptability in Green Building

The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) is a model code for cities seeking to promote sustainable building practices through their building codes. The IGCC promotes transition from the current voluntary green construction certifications, like USGBC’s LEED, to mandatory green construction codes. As the most recent revisions of the IGCC are currently under review, Green Building … Continue Reading
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