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First State to Adopt International Green Construction Code

By April 13, 2011

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First State to Adopt International Green Code

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Maryland will become the first US state to approve and adopt the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) as a voluntary compliance alternative in 2012. Maryland has been a pioneer state when it comes to green codes and green buildings, having the first certified LEED Platinum building and being one of the first states to offer green building tax credits.

California has the distinction of having adopted the first US state-sponsored set of green building codes, CaLGreen, in effect since January 2011. Last year, Rhode Island approved the use of the IGCC, but limited its use to particular projects.

The IGCC is the result of combined efforts from the International Code Council, the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Standard for Testing and Materials (ASTM International), the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).

The new law authorizing local jurisdiction to adopt the IGCC as an alternative to the Maryland Building Performance Standards will go into effect on October 1, 2011.

The International Code Council will publish new versions of the International Code series, including the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), on April 30, 2011. Code development hearings regarding the 2012 International Green Construction Code will take place on May 16-22 in Dallas, and a final hearing session will be held later this year in Phoenix.

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