The 2018-IgCC is on its way, with plans to align with LEED | U.S. Green Building Council
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The partner organizations of the 2018-IgCC are working to create a model green code that has direct connections to LEED.

In press releases issued last week, the sponsoring organizations of the 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC) provided an update on the development and publication plans for the model green code.

In addition to providing a summary of the process thus far to integrate ASHRAE Standard 189.1 and the IgCC into one document, the partners in this effort also announced plans to co-promote the 2018-IgCC to seek widespread adoption. USGBC’s efforts to promote the model code will begin in the fall of this year, likely coinciding with events at Greenbuild 2017 in Boston.

The ongoing development of the next versions of the IgCC is a major step in the process toward creating a unified model green code for commercial buildings. USGBC also has high hopes for the alignment of LEED and codes. To this end, the press releases from last week also indicate the process that USGBC plans to undertake to compare and recognize specific code measures in the 2018-IgCC that are substantially aligned with LEED credits and prerequisites. These measures will be targeted for streamlining in LEED and will be available for jurisdictions that adopt the green code beginning next year.

By taking the necessary steps to create a model green code that has direct connections to LEED, the partner organizations of the 2018-IgCC are developing the building blocks for a harmonized “codes and LEED” framework that can be leveraged by jurisdictions throughout North America.

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