2018 International Green Construction Code Released (Ind. Report)
International Green Construction Code
The 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC) was released today by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The IgCC is a model code that has wide applicability for incorporating resilient, high-performance green building strategies into building codes.
The 2018-IgCC update will help governments streamline code development and adoption, and improve building industry standardization by
combining the technical requirements developed by the ASHRAE Standard 189.1 with the model code administrative provisions by the Code Council. As a result, the 2018-IgCC is now a unified code that emphasizes adoption, ease of use and enforcement for building projects.
The IgCC is a part of the Code Council's suite of comprehensive, coordinated and contemporary model codes -- including the International Building Code, International Existing Building Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code and International Fire Code -- and is suitable for use in building codes world wide. (Source: USGBC, ICC, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: ICC, Dominic Sims, CEO, www.iccsafe.org;
USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ASHRAE, www.ashrae.org
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Athena Sustainable Materials Inst. Celebrates Green Building Leadership (Ind. Report)
Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
The Ottawa, Ontario-headquartered not-for-profit Athena Sustainable Materials Institute and its US affiliate in Pennsylvania, is touting 20 years of Green Building a leading pioneer in the Green Building and sustainability metrics leadership and significant industry impact:
The Athena Institute started a revolution in green building design with its free tools for true cradle-to-grave environmental impact measurement of new construction;
As pioneers of life cycle assessment (LCA) for the built environment, the Athena Institute is transforming tactics and accountability in green design;
Thousands of design professionals, sustainability consultants and students are using the Athena Impact Estimator for buildings – the first, most comprehensive, and the only free LCA tool for the North American design and construction sector;
Countless building and roadway projects can claim quantified environmental impact reductions thanks to the data and tools provided to the public by the Athena Institute. Two decades of work at the Athena Institute enables the LCA incentives and embodied carbon calculations in green building programs like LEED v4, the Living Building Challenge, the International Green Construction Code, and the Canada Green Building Council's Zero Carbon Building Standard.
Twenty years of Athena Institute collaboration with the manufacturing sector has spurred sustainability leadership by the makers of construction materials. For example, Portland-limestone cement, a reduced-carbon version of cement, is gaining acceptance and clearing regulatory hurdles thanks to LCA performance data from the Athena Institute.
(Source: Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, PR, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Athena Sustainable Materials Inst., www.athenasmi.org
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