2011 – New Green – High Performance Building Code – California

“The mandatory provisions of CALGreen go into effect in January and anyone involved in designing and/or building new commercial or residential structures in California needs to know about the new requirements,”

– Dave Walls, executive director of the California Building Standards Commission.

In 2011, CALGreen, the nation’s first state-wide green building code, will become mandatory.

CALGreenCode – CALGreen – 2010 – DRAFT

Architects, developers, plan checkers, inspectors, building officials and others involved in designing and approving new construction will be expected to adhere to new mandatory guidelines on issues ranging from water efficiency and conservation to indoor air quality.

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What are the IECC Commerical Envelope Requirements

2009_iecc_comm_envelope (1) for   all Buildings Other Than:

•One- and two-family residential

•R-2, R-3, R-4 three stories or less in height

What is the Building Thermal Envelope?

  •Roof/Ceiling Assembly

 •Wall Assembly

 •Vertical Fenestration and Skylights

 •Floor Assembly

 •Slab Edge

 •Below Grade Wall Assembly



Green Codes / High Performance Building Codes – IGCC

The INTERNATIONAL GREEN CONSTRUCTION CODE™ public version is avialble for viewing and comment. 


It was developed by the INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL, INC. with the Cooperating Sponsorship of American Institute of Architects and ASTM International.IGCC-PV1



The Emergence of Green Building Codes

ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, will serve as a compliance.

Standard 189.1 is a set of technically rigorous requirements, which covers criteria including water use efficiency, indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, materials and resource use, and the building’s impact on its site and its community.

“The emergence of green building codes and standards is an important next step for the green building movement, establishing a much-needed set of baseline regulations for green buildings that is adoptable, usable, and enforceable by jurisdictions.

The IGCC provides a vehicle for jurisdictions to regulate green for the design and performance of new and renovated buildings in a manner that is integrated with existing codes as an overlay, allowing all new buildings to reap the rewards of improved design and construction practices.” – – Richard P. Weiland, CEO for ICC.

National Green / High Performance Building Code

The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) is supported by the International Code Council (ICC); the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES).

National Green Building Standard(ICC 700-2008)— residential green with ANSI approval, can be used vs. IGCC.

IGCC offers the ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential –  water use efficiency, indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, materials and resource use, and the building impact.

ICC Green Code Due in 2010

Referenced by hpbms.com

WASHINGTON — Drafters of the International Code Council’s International Green Construction Code (IGCC) are nearing completion of the integrated green code for traditional and high-performance commercial buildings, set for a public release in March 2010.

“This will be the first time code officials, owners and designers will have an integrated regulatory framework to put into practice that meets the goal of greening the construction and design of new and existing buildings,” according to Code Council CEO Richard P. Weiland.

The IGCC is designed to integrate and coordinate with the other International Codes already being enforced by governmental code officials. All 50 states and more than 20,000 U.S. jurisdictions use the International Codes developed by the Code Council. The International Code Council is a non-profit membership association dedicated to building safety, fire prevention, energy efficiency, and sustainable building construction and performance.

The IGCC’s drafting approach links the International Codes to a public process bringing together areas of expertise to create an integrated, regulatory framework for green commercial buildings. The American Institute of Architects and ASTM International are Cooperating Sponsors. Other organizations represented on the IGCC drafting committee, known as the Sustainable Building Technology Committee, include the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Initiative, along with over a dozen others.

“We are not an industry or advocacy organization, but rather the same folks who have written the building codes used throughout the United States and around the world for decades,” said Code Council Board Member and SBTC Chair Ravi Shah.

The Code Council’s consensus process invites continual public input, culminating in a final approval from code officials. A critical element of the IGCC is that it is coordinated with existing International Codes that cover building, energy conservation, fire safety, plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas, and existing buildings among others.

The last drafting meeting of the SBTC was slated for January in Austin, Texas. The first public version of the IGCC will be published in March. At the same time, the IGCC will undergo continual maintenance with the solicitation of additional public comments through hearings being conducted in August. The IGCC will then go through another round of review, comments and public hearings in 2011 for the publication for the 2012 ICC Family of Codes.

Additional information is available at http://www.iccsafe.org/igcc.