International Green Construction Code released

ASHRAE has announced the release of the 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018 IgCC), which is a joint initiative of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). 

The 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) provides the design and construction industry with the single, most effective way to deliver sustainable, resilient, high-performance buildings. The ‘IgCC-powered-by-189.1’ joint initiative frames the essential sustainable construction building blocks on which future resilient initiatives can develop and expand.

3750S18 IgCC smThe 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) has just been released.

By collaborating on developing the 2018 IgCC, the strategic developing organisations supporting it envision a new era of building design and construction that includes environmental health and safety as code minimums. The goal of the 2018 IgCC will provide fundamental criteria for energy efficiency, resource conservation, water safety, land use, site development, indoor environmental quality and building performance that can be adopted broadly.

The 2018 IgCC aligns the technical requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/USGBC/IES 189.1-2017-Standard for the ‘Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings’, with ICC’s multi-stakeholder IgCC. Goals of the updated code include to help governments streamline code development and adoption and improve building industry standardisation by integrating the two previously separate guidance documents. As a result, the 2018 IgCC is now a unified code that emphasises adoption, ease of use and enforcement for building projects.

“The 2018 IgCC leverages ASHRAE’s technical expertise to offer a comprehensive tool that has a direct effect on how green building strategies are implemented,” says Sheila J Hayter, 2018 to 2019 ASHRAE president. “Improving energy efficiency, building performance and indoor air quality are at the core of ASHRAE’s mission and we are encouraged by the impact of this landmark model towards realising more a sustainable future for us all.”

“Building safety codes help our communities prepare for the future,” says Dominic Sims, CEO, International Code Council. “Taking into account the latest technologies and cost-effective strategies for dealing with resource scarcity, the IgCC helps cities, states and countries build stronger, smarter, sustainably and more resiliently.”

“Our hope is that building professionals and policymakers alike adopt better, greener building strategies that help them better implement LEED and achieve higher performance in sustainability,” says Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC.

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