The IGCC's scope (excerpted from the IGCC's Development Update page):
- The Code should be developed to apply to commercial buildings in a manner that is consistent and coordinated with the ICC Family of Codes and Standards.
- The Code should be applicable to the construction of buildings, structures, and systems, including alterations and additions.
- The Code should set a baseline of green requirements that build upon the ICC Family of Codes; further options beyond the baseline should also be included.
- The Code should address: energy use efficiency; water use
efficiency; materials and resource use; indoor environment quality; the
building’s impact on environment; site design; sustainable building
owner/facility management education; and, existing buildings.
Now is the time to get involved with the development of this new code. Happily for building product manufacturers, the code development process is quite accessible. To participate in the current phase (excerpted from the Development Updates page):
- Attendance at all meetings of the SBTC and its Working Groups is welcomed. Please consult our website for more information.
- Interested parties participating in the Working Groups are afforded the opportunity to submit comments for Working Group consideration. In all cases, Working Group recommendations will be submitted to the full SBTC for final disposition.
To follow the code's development, keep an eye on the First Draft Development page, where you'll find the latest drafts with commentary from each working group, rosters and scopes for each working group, and meeting agendas.
What should you watch for? Think beyond LEED; while this code is informed by current green building guidelines and rating systems, it is not bound by them. Look for:
- Your product's classification in the Material Selection section;
- Service life requirements for projects and components of projects;
- Life cycle analysis requirements;
- Mandatory and elective compliance;
- Envelope energy performance,
- Moisture management;
- Material emissions, not just for indoor air quality but for greenhouse gas emissions.
Chusid Associates is already helping clients to shape this document. We are available for you, as well.