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International Green Construction Code: Making "Green" the Law

OnDemand Webinar (94 minutes)

Many governmental entities are interested in mandating sustainable building practices. To date, the typical approach is to require LEED® certification. However, there are inherent drawbacks in this approach since voluntary rating systems are not designed to impose minimum mandatory requirements, as contemplated by building codes.

In contrast, the ICC International Green Construction Code and ASHRAE Standard 189.1 were designed to establish minimum mandatory requirements for incorporation in a building code. Now that the IGCC and Standard 189.1 are beginning to converge, it is likely that municipalities will give serious consideration to adopting the IGCC.

This OnDemand Webinar will give you the background you need to participate in discussion of whether the IGCC should be adopted in the jurisdictions in which you do business, and in what form, and to comply with the IGCC in jurisdictions where it is adopted.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to review the use of model building codes and the movement from voluntary rating systems to mandatory standards of sustainability.
  • You will be able to define the development of specific standards suitable for inclusion in mandatory building codes, specifically the IGCC and Standard 189.1.
  • You will be able to discuss in detail on the framework and content of the new ICC International Green Construction Code.
  • You will be able to recognize substantive "Green" areas covered by IGCC.


Vicki R. Harding, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Joyce K. Hackenbrach, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP


International Code Council Background

• History of Model Building Code Adoption in the U.S.

• ICC Approach to Developing Building Codes

Green Building Standards Background

• Voluntary Sustainability Rating Systems (e.g. LEED®, Green Globes) - Designed for Rating Buildings to Push Market Leaders

- Used in Governmental Incentive Programs and (Non-Code) Requirements

- Adoption of Certification as Governmental Code Requirement

• ASHRAE/IESNA/USGBC Standard 189.1 - Minimum 'Green' Requirements Designed to Be Incorporated Into Building Codes

• ICC International Green Building Code

- Also Establishes Minimum 'Green' Requirements

- Works as an Overlay With Other Widely-Adopted ICC Building Codes

Overview of ICC International Green Construction Code Structure and Approach

• Format of IGCC

• Intended for Governmental Adoption on a Mandatory Basis

• Minimum Mandatory Provisions

• Advanced Mandatory Provisions

• Project Electives

• Standard 189.1 as Optional Compliance Path

Substantive 'Green' Areas Covered by IGCC

• Site Development and Land Use

• Material Resource Conservation and Efficiency

• Energy Conservation and Earth Atmospheric Quality

• Water Resource Conservation and Efficiency

• Commissioning, Operation And Maintenance

• Existing Buildings