Are You Ready For The IGCC? Time To Get Educated

Green builders should begin to know the IGCC


Are you ready for the IGCC? A lot of jurisdictions seem to be. With green building quickly becoming the norm, it behooves all builders to take the opportunity to get to know their new mandate. How about some free knowledge? Free is good.

Green buildings used to be the future – now they are our present. With news that the USGBC is now seeking significant tax deductions for buildings significantly surpassing active energy guidelines, you can find solace in your commitment to learning more about green building.


Where to start?  The International Green Construction Code (IGCC 2.0) came out at Greenbuild and many applauded loudly. Washington’s city of Richland became the first in the nation to adopt the code.  Maryland has adopted it, so has Rhode Island. The IGCC is coming to a place near you.


The IGCC is a relatively new building standard with advanced energy expectations. One of the more interesting components of this proposed code is that it provides an alternative compliance tract through ASHRAE 189.1, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and other building groups.


Recently, good friend (and new dad – congrats to Chris) Chris Cheatham hosted a webinar overviewing IGCC 2.0. If you don’t know Chris by now, he is the wonderful author of Green Building Law Update and Construction Claims Playbook, as well as a fellow attorney and LEED AP.


Lucky for all of us, Chris decided to post the Powerpoint and audio for the entire webinar on his site. The presentation provides an incredibly valuable look at the IGCC. You can access the presentation by visiting this link. There, you can download the audio and PP separately.