The U.S. Green Building Council, International Code Council and ASHRAE have released the 2018 International Green Construction Code (2018-IgCC), citing its potential to help state or local governments streamline code development, adoption and enforcement. The groups also envision improved industry standardization by integrating two previously separate guidance documents: ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES 189.1 – Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings and the ICC International Green Construction Code.
“Our hope is that building professionals and policymakers alike adopt better, greener strategies that help implement LEED and achieve higher performance in sustainability,” says USGBC CEO Mahesh Ramanujam. “Over the last several decades, market leaders have adopted LEED and achieved higher levels of building performance and sustainability in the face of increasing global challenges.
“USGBC has led the development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, an unrivaled standard of living critical to providing a better quality of life for millions around the world. With the 2018-IgCC, we are helping build upon that work.” When pursuing LEED certification in IgCC-adopting jurisdictions, he adds, USGBC will allow teams to be recognized for compliance to select measures in the 2018 version.
“The 2018-IgCC leverages ASHRAE’s technical expertise to offer a comprehensive tool that has a direct effect on how green building strategies are implemented,” observes 2018-2019 ASHRAE President Sheila Hayter. “Improving energy efficiency, building performance and indoor air quality are at the core of [our] mission and we are encouraged by the impact of this landmark model towards realizing more a sustainable future.”
“Building safety codes help communities prepare for the future,” notes ICC CEO Dominic Sims. “Taking into account the latest technologies and cost effective strategies for dealing with resource scarcity, the IgCC helps cities, states and countries build stronger, smarter, sustainably and more resiliently.”
EMPLOYEES ON BOARD WITH LEED WORK SPACES
Employees who work in (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) LEED-certified green buildings are happier, healthier and more productive than counterparts in conventional and non-LEED buildings, according to a USGBC-commissioned survey of 1,000 full- or part-time workers, plus others self-employed but based in an office building setting. More than 80 percent of respondents noted that being productive on the job and having access to clean, high-quality indoor air contributes to their overall workplace happiness. In addition, 85 percent of employees in LEED-certified buildings also note how access to quality outdoor views and natural sunlight boosts output and mood.
“Employees know that green building programs like LEED help companies to develop responsible, sustainable and specific plans for green energy, water, waste, transportation and many other factors accountable for the human experience,” says Mahesh Ramanujam. “In today’s highly competitive job market, if companies want to attract highly-skilled employees, they must demonstrate a commitment to environmental, human and economic sustainability.”