On Monday March 15 the International Code Council posted a free, downloadable version of its new International Green Construction Code (IGCC) Public Version 1.0 on our website, made possible with the help of our Cooperating Sponsors, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and ASTM International. Also posted is a read-only version of ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, now offered as an alternative jurisdictional requirement within the IGCC. Click here for access.

We hope that you will take a look at the first-ever code to address regulation of green construction, providing a baseline that integrates with the I-Codes and addresses building performance along with resource conservation, construction and operations impacts, and water and air quality issues.

One version of the IGCC is in Word format to allow you to participate easily in our Public Comment period, which runs through May 15 and will result in August hearings. The PDF version of the IGCC Version 1.0 is offered as an immediately useable resource tool for jurisdictions amending existing codes or writing green codes in the immediate timeframe. Please share this information with your colleagues and give us your comments.

Now the many jurisdictions focused on green code legislation will be able to use the same model code resource that they count on to keep their communities safe and sustainable. We are grateful for the drafting work of our Sustainable Building Technology Committee, its Work Groups and meeting participants, whose names and organizations are listed in the front of the IGCC document. We look forward to working with you in the journey ahead.

The International Code Council