INDUSTRY NEWS & NOTES
GREEN CONSTRUCTION CODE
SET FOR 2010 DEBUT
The International Code Council (ICC), a non-profit membership association dedicated to building safety, fire prevention, energy efficiency and sustainable building construction
and performance, is nearing completion on the first-ever
integrated green code for traditional and high-performance
commercial buildings. The International Green Construction
Code (IGCC) is set for a public release in March.
The IGCC is designed specifically to integrate and coordinate with the other international codes already being
enforced by governmental code officials at all levels. All 50
states and more than 20,000 U.S. jurisdictions use the international codes developed by the ICC for safety and sustainability. The international codes also serve as the basis for
construction of federal properties around the world, and as a
reference for many nations outside the United States.
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FoR NEw SINgLE-FAmILy HomES
This specification by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
establishes the criteria for new homes
labeled under the WaterSense program,
and is applicable to newly constructed
single-family homes and townhomes of
three stories or less. The information
provides builders and other industry
professionals with the resources they
need to design, build, inspect and earn
the WaterSense label for a new home.
To learn more, see the WaterSense
Labeled New Homes fact sheet at
Sustainable Sites Initiative Releases
New Landscape Rating System
A partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA),
the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at
Austin and the U.S. Botanic Garden has released the nation’s first rating
system for the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable
landscapes, with or without buildings.
The Sustainable Sites Initiative led by the partners developed the rating
system out of four years of work by dozens of the country’s leading
sustainability experts, scientists and design professionals, as well as
public input from hundreds of individuals and dozens of organizations.
The rating system works on a 250-point scale, with levels of
achievement for obtaining 40, 50, 60 or 80 percent of available points,
recognized with one through four stars, respectively. The rating system
is part of two new reports issued from the Initiative, “The Case for
Sustainable Landscapes and Guidelines” and “Performance Benchmarks
2009,” both available for download at the Sustainable Sites Initiative at
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