Consolidated Standard for High Performance Buildings

Aug. 6, 2015

ICC, ASHRAE will streamline compliance path for IgCC and Standard 189.1.

In an effort to provide a simpler set of standards for sustainable, high performance buildings, the International Code Council (ICC) and ASHRAE have signed a final agreement to take a collaborative approach to the creation and maintenance of the new version of the International Green Construction Code. The code will be released in 2018 and will be powered by ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/USGBC Standard 189.1.

The ICC will be responsible for the new code’s scope and administration and will work with ASHRAE for further improvements after publication. With ASHRAE and the ICC having already partnered to make Standard 189.1 an alternative compliance path for the IgCC in 2010, the new agreement will provide a single code for high-performance buildings.  Additionally, the new IgCC will be aligned with the LEED rating system to create obtainable above-code certification options for facilities.

“Our goal in this partnership all along has been to share resources to increase use of the IgCC and make it simpler for code officials, designers, and contractors to build environmentally efficient structures that will lessen energy and water consumption and reduce the carbon footprint,” says Guy Tomberlin, ICC Board President.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Buildings, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Building Better Schools

Download this digital resource to better understand the challenges and opportunities in designing and operating educational facilities for safety, sustainability, and performance...

Tips to Keep Facility Management on Track

How do you plan to fill the knowledge gap as seasoned facility managers retire or leave for new opportunities? Learn about the latest strategies including FM tech innovations ...

The Beauty & Benefits of Biophilic Design in the Built Environment

Biophilic design is a hot trend in design, but what is it and how can building professionals incorporate these strategies for the benefits of occupants? This eHandbook offers ...

The Benefits of Migrating from Analog to DMR Two-Way Radios

Are you still using analog two-way radios? Download this white paper and discover the simple and cost-effective migration path to digital DMR radios that deliver improved audio...