International green construction code announced by US bodies

A code detailing how green construction can protect environmental resources and save developers money has been announced.

The 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) was created by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), International Code Council, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the Illuminating Engineering Society.

The report highlights:

  • How governments can streamline code development and adoption
  • Improving building industry standardisation by integrating two previously separate guidance documents.

Mahesh Ramanujam, USGBC president, said: "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."

Dominic Sims, International Code Council chief executive, said: "Building safety codes help our communities prepare for the future.

"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."

Read the 2018 International Green Construction Code here.

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