The International Code Council recently released the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) Public Version 2.0, without much noise. But, this marks a significant development in green building and sustainable cities. Cities now have a viable code from the code producer. They also have a code they can internally enforce.
IGCC v2.0 was the result of over a year of development and a significant public comment period culminating in a hearing last August, in Chicago. Version 2.0 includes ASHRAE Std. 189.1 and ICC 700 (The National Green Building Standard), so it is certain to pass the muster of many professionals in the green building network.
The ICC will continue to mold and shape the final adopted version of the IGCC over the course of the next year. Plans are in place to release a final, adoptable, version by the end of next year. But, already two jurisdictions have adopted the code ? Richland, Washington and the State of Rhode Island.