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Codes, Standards Developers Align Guidelines to Create Sustainable, High-Performance Buildings

Several leading associations that develop codes and standards to create green buildings are collaborating to align the International Green Construction Code, ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 and the LEED® green building program. The initiative is being welcomed by code officials, architects, engineers and contractors, according to the International Code Council.


Cooperating sponsors in the development of the IgCC are ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council. All have agreed to collaborate on the development of the next edition of the IgCC, ASHRAE Standard 189.1 and the USGBC LEED green building program. “We are working to align new versions of Standard 189.1—the Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings—and the IgCC into one regulatory tool,” said ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix. “This agreement also seeks to align the LEED program with the new code to ensure a streamlined, effective set of regulatory and above-code options for jurisdictions across the country.”


Standard 189.1 will continue to be produced as an American National Standards Institute consensus standard and then delivered to ICC to wrap in to its code-compliance frame and position it for adoption as a building code by states and municipalities.

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