The International Code Council is currently accepting applications for the 2011 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) Committee.
2011 IgCC Code Committee. The 2010 IGCC Public Comment Hearing Committee has recently completed its hearing and has taken action on the public comments submitted to Public Version 1.0 (PV 1.0) of the IGCC. The revisions to PV 1.0 will be compiled into Public Version 2.0 (PV 2.0) which is scheduled to be posted November 3, 2010.
The posting of PV 2.0 initiates the start of the 2011 IgCC Code Development Cycle, with code change proposals due January 3, 2011. This will be a full cycle of ICC Code Development in accordance with Council Policy #28 Code Development, including two hearings to be held in 2011 – Code Development and Final Action Hearings. An IGCC Code Committee is being constituted, bringing the total number of International Code Committees to sixteen committees, each responsible for the review and evaluation of code change proposals submitted to the 14 International Codes (including the IgCC). The 2011 IgCC Code Committee will hear the code change proposals at the 2011 IgCC Code Development Hearing during the period of May 16 – 22, 2011 in Dallas, TX.
At this time, ICC is receiving applications for the 2011 IgCC Code Committee. 2010 IgCC Public Comment Hearing Committee members must reapply to be considered for appointment. Code Committee members are appointed by the ICC Board of Directors.
The supporters are committed to leveraging the strength of each of the organizations to not only promote the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and support its implementation, but also to further deliver the building industry with the tools necessary to achieve a sustainable future. The 2012 version of the IgCC is an important first step for the cooperating sponsors and the building community in a long, but important journey to mainstream healthier, lower impact, more efficient and responsible building practices.
The initial project to develop IgCC Public Version 1.0 was undertaken with AIA and ASTM International. AIA and ASTM have played a vital role in the development of the IgCC. The AIA presence has ensured a focus on their 2030 Carbon Neutrality Goal, while ASTM International, which carries a worldwide reputation as a standards developer, solidified the scientific basis behind the IgCC. ASHRAE, USGBC and IES joined the ICC/AIA/ASTM team in developing the IgCC. ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 is included as an optional path to compliance within the IgCC.
Several years ago ICC recognized the need for a mandatory baseline of codes addressing green commercial construction. At the time, local and state jurisdictions were experimenting with "substitute codes" and there was an increasing desire for a regulatory framework specific to green commercial construction. The International Green Construction Code™, was designed to meet new market needs through model code regulations that promote safe and sustainable construction in an integrated fashion with the ICC Family of Codes.
In 2009 ICC's Board of Directors approved a motion stating its "Intent to Initiate a Code Development Project" regarding a green code for commercial and high-performance buildings. Staff then convened a focus group of leading industry experts in Green Building. Based on focus group participant input and public comment, in May 2009, the Board voted to move forward with the development of the new code.
The ICC Board of Directors created the Sustainable Building Technology Committee (SBTC) to draft the IgCC and submit it for public comment in the spring of 2010. The SBTC was formed as a broad based committee representing a balance of interests and was composed of 29 individuals from public, private and nonprofit sectors with an expertise in disciplines critical to the topics in the International Green Construction Code. The intent was to develop a comprehensive set of regulations for green building systems consistent and coordinated with the I-Codes. The SBTC was supported by Work Group participants, public meeting attendees and ICC staff.
ICC collaborated with cooperating sponsors – the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and ASTM International (ASTM) on the initial development of IgCC Public Version 1.0. AIA and ASTM played a vital role in the development of the IgCC: the AIA presence ensured a focus on their 2030 Carbon Neutrality Goal, while ASTM International, which carries a worldwide reputation as a standards developer, solidified the scientific basis behind the IgCC. ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) joined the ICC/AIA/ASTM team in developing the IgCC. ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 is included as an optional path to compliance within the IgCC.
Public Comment hearings for the initial version of the IgCC were held in Chicago, IL in August 2010. The IgCC Public Comment Committee reviewed and voted on proposed revisions to Version 1.0, moving development to Version 2.0, issued in November 2010.
Selected changes to the 2012 IgCC from Version 2.0 can be found here.
The final provisions in the 2012 IgCC were completed during the Final Action Hearing in October 2011, in Phoenix, AZ.
The model code language becomes law when it is adopted by the appropriate state or local authority charged with governing construction. The International Green Construction Code offers flexibility to jurisdictions that adopt the code by establishing several levels of compliance, starting with the core provisions of the code, and then offering "jurisdictional requirement" options that can be customized to fit the needs of a local community. Jurisdictions can add additional guidance through the use of "project electives" provisions. The code also acts as an overlay to the existing set of International Codes, including provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code and ICC-700, the National Green Building Standard, and incorporates ASHRAE Standard 189.1 as an alternate path to compliance.
Early versions of the IgCC released during the development of the code already have been put into use by states and jurisdictions demonstrating the need and demand for safe and sustainable construction. For a list of the first IgCC adoptions, please click here.
For a list of the first International Green Construction Code™ adoptions, please click here.
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As part of its commitment to green and sustainable safety concepts, the Code Council is excited to present a new set of green codes under its initiative entitled “IgCC: Safe and Sustainable by the Book.” This initiative includes the ASHRAE Standard 189.1 as a jurisdictional requirement option, and the collaboration of the Council’s closest allies and pre-eminent thought leaders in green building, as well as input from our members and the general public. We are committed to developing an enforceable, useable, adoptable and adaptable code that will continue our long tradition of international code guidance.