Standards, regulations and codes for green buildings have been developed by a variety of organizations. These rules cover the spectrum of aspects of industrial plant buildings and grounds.
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The standards for green buildings also cover efficiencies in areas such as the use of water or the use of energy. Rules developed by the International Code Council (ICC, www.iccsafe.org) include water and energy conservation.
The ICC launched the creation of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), which was developed to reduce buildings’ negative impact on the environment. The IGCC is written for manufacturers, designers and contractors, but it was originally created for adoption by almost any governmental entity level.
In addition to ICC’s development, the IGCC is sponsored by ASTM International and the American Institute of Architects, and it’s supported by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Green Building Initiative, and the LEED and Green Globes rating system producers.
ASHRAE Standard 189.1 also is available for local adoption. It involves a “total building sustainability package” for designing, constructing and operating green buildings.
The standard is the basis for green buildings on a variety of subjects, from site location and energy use to recycling, indoor environmental quality and impact of a building on the atmosphere. The standard also is recognized as an option to the IGCC for purposes of jurisdictional compliance by a building.
Standard 189.1 is a set of technically rigorous requirements that, like the IGCC, 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.
Standard 189.1 was written by experts representing all areas of the building industry, who contributed tens of thousands of man-hours. The standard was developed in a little more than three years, and then the standard underwent four public reviews in which around 2,500 comments were received on it.
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