AIA supports Mayors support of IGCC

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, applauded the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ endorsement (click here and view p. 89 of the pdf) of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), a comprehensive set of requirements intended to reduce the negative impact of buildings on the natural environment, while maintaining safety standards and increasing long-term peak performance.
   According to the AIA statement, “The Mayors’ Conference endorsement today of the IGCC at its annual meeting is a major expression of support from an organization outside of the building and construction industry. Such resolutions document support for a policy and represent ways for mayors to learn about and support policies nationally that they are free to adopt in their communities.”
   “The IGCC needs the backing of leadership within local jurisdictions if it is to have any impact on the carbon footprint of the nation’s building sector, which accounts for almost 40% of America’s energy consumption and 72% of its electricity use,” said George H. Miller, FAIA, president of the AIA. “This resolution, by America’s mayors, is a huge step in that direction.”
   The Mayors Conference resolution calls on local governments “wishing to take a more holistic approach to incorporating energy efficiency, sustainable community planning, and healthy and safe building practices into the codes to adopt the IGCC and consider its Standard 189.1 compliance path as base code in their jurisdiction.”
   According to the AIA, “The IGCC is a document that can be readily used by design professionals, builders, and others in the industry. It was created with the intent to be administered by code officials and adopted by governmental units at any level as a tool to establish a green ‘floor’ above which voluntary rating systems can continue to drive the cutting edge of sustainable and safe design.”
   The IGCC was developed by the International Code Council (ICC), Washington, in association with cooperating sponsors ASTM International (ASTM), West Conshohocken, PA, and the AIA. Other organizations have joined the effort, including the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Washington, producers of the LEED green building rating systems; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Atlanta; responsible for developing the Standard 189.1; and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), New York.
   Version 1.0 of the IGCC was publicly released, in Washington, on March 15, 2010. Comments received and testimony presented at the August 14-to-22 hearings in Chicago will be the basis for Public Version 2.0 of the IGCC, scheduled for release in November 2010.—Gary L. Parr

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