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INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL
International Green Construction Code Gains Momentum throughout U.S.
Use of IgCC from Arizona to Florida Continues to Set the Bar for Sustainable Construction  


Green building is becoming the new standard for environmentally and safety conscious U.S. cities and states, as more jurisdictions use the new International Green Construction Code (IgCC) to address sustainable construction for new and existing buildings. Boynton Beach, Fla., and Phoenix are the most recent in a series of local and state governments to adopt the IgCC, according to the International Code Council.


“The use of the IgCC is a critical step to ensure that communities build sustainable and safe buildings,” ICC CEO Richard P. Weiland said. “We are pleased to recognize Boynton Beach and Phoenix for demonstrating their commitment to sustainability in both the construction and retrofitting of buildings.”


Boynton Beach is the first city in Florida to adopt the IgCC as the core of its local voluntary green code that went into effect in April. The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the adoption of the IgCC and ICC 700, the National Green Building Standard, effective July 1.


The IgCC applies to new and existing, traditional and high-performance commercial buildings and includes ANSI/ASHRAE/ USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 as a compliance option. Coordinated with the ICC family of codes, the IgCC is designed to go beyond traditional code requirements for communities that are pursuing safe and sustainable construction.


Other jurisdictions using the IgCC include:


• Richland, Wash., adopted the IgCC as a non-mandatory document for commercial buildings.


• Kayenta Township, Ariz., adopted Public Version 2.0 on a voluntary basis and may be incorporated into the community’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.


• In Keene, N.H., the IgCC is an “Allowable Green Building System” in the city’s Sustainable Energy Efficient Development zone, a voluntary urban incentive-based area that promotes green building and redevelopment in its downtown.


• The Fort Collins, Colo., City Council voted to approve significant extractions from the IgCC and the National Green Building Standard, ICC 700, as part of green building code amendments to the city’s building codes, effective in January 2012.

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