Category Codification

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Oct
Military Housing Washes O...
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It remains to be seen whether new building code requirements that contain stricter air tightness standards based on energy efficiency initiatives are actually attainable. Buildings that passed former air tightness standards with flying colors just a few years ago would now fail dismally under more recent, aggressive standards in codes such as IgCC and IECC.

5
Sep
USGBC Officially Adopts C...
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It’s official – the controversial LEED v4, after three years and six public comment periods, has finally been adopted by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Despite quite a bit of resistance and discussion along the way, the new standard was actually approved in June 2013 by a landslide, with 86% of the voting

10
Aug
Construction by checklist...
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Codification controversy abounds! The author of a blog recently published by Building Design + Construction points out the fact that there is a “bru-ha-ha” brewing among the newly formed AHPBC (American High-Performance Buildings Coalition) and the USGBC. The AHPBC says that LEED does not meet ANSI-type “consensus” standards. They are right. Adding to the challenge

28
Jul
Defense Department LEED F...
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Check out Chris Cheatham’s latest blog post on LEED: It is not looking pretty for federal green building policy. Earlier in the year, I speculated that Congress might target green building certification as an unnecessary cost. Well, it happened. From the ASHRAE Government Affairs Update: House Passes National Defense… View the whole story: http://www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com/2011/07/articles/codes-and-regulations/federal/defense-department-leed-funding-to-be-eliminated/index.html

22
Jul
IGCC Series: Longevity an...
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Posted on July 19, 2011 by Kirk Dryer The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) is a model code for cities seeking to promote sustainable building practices through their building codes. The IGCC promotes transition from the current voluntary green construction certifications, like USGBC’s LEED, to mandatory green construction codes. As the most recent revisions of

20
Jul
IGCC Series: Onsite Renew...
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Posted on July 6, 2011 by Kirk Dryer The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) is a model code for cities seeking to promote sustainable building practices through their building codes. The IGCC promotes transition from the current voluntary green construction certifications, like USGBC’s LEED, to mandatory green construction codes. As the most recent revisions of

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Jul

Posted on July 15, 2011 by Chris Cheatham Green Leases 101 Steve Teitelbaum practices real estate with Jones Day in their Washington DC office. Steve speaks frequently on real estate topics, particularly leasing, and has become a leading lecturer on “green” leases.  Since we have not covered green leases much on this blog, I thought Steve

13
Jul
New “Green Codes...
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Is Green Code replacing LEED? ED&C’s Jeffrey King weigs in… New “Green Codes” Gain Momentum By Jeffrey R. King , LEED AP July 07, 2011 The State of Maryland recently passed legislation enabling local jurisdictions to adopt the International Green Construction Code (also known as the Green Code) as a requirement for new construction in that

6
Jul
A Brave New Green Buildin...
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Posted on July 5, 2011 by Chris Cheatham When I give green building presentations, I make it a point to explain that the LEED rating system does not certify products. I’m not going to be making that statement anymore. Two weeks ago, the US Green Building Council announced the launch of LEED Pilot Credit 43:

1
Jul
IGCC Series: Diverting Co...
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Posted on June 29, 2011 by Kirk Dryer The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) is a model code for cities seeking to promote sustainable building practices through their building codes. The IGCC promotes transition from the current voluntary green construction certifications, like USGBC’s LEED, to mandatory green construction codes. As the most recent revisions  

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Jun
IGCC Series: Transportati...
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Posted on June 8, 2011 by Kirk Dryer IGCC Series: Transportation Considerations for Green Buildings The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) is a model code for cities seeking to promote sustainable building practices through their building codes. The IGCC promotes transition from the current voluntary green construction certifications, like USGBC’s LEED, to mandatory green construction

22
Jun
ASHRAE, NEBB consolidatio...
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Collaboration between the two organizations could lead to higher performance standards; ASHRAE seeks input from members. BY: ASHRAE 06/20/2011 Today building owners and occupants are demanding that their buildings provide better performance than ever before. Government and private owners have mandated that new buildings and building retrofits be held to a higher performance standard. To

17
Jun
IGCC Series: Using Trees...
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The International Green Construction Code (IGCC) is a model code for cities seeking to promote sustainable building practices through their building codes. The IGCC promotes transition from the current voluntary green construction certifications, like USGBC’s LEED, to mandatory green construction codes. As the most recent revisions of the IGCC are currently under review, Green Building

10
Jun
Florida Supports Green Bu...
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Posted on June 9, 2011 by Chris Cheatham Florida Supports Green Building Code I was recently forwarded an interesting article written by Helen Mason regarding the International Green Construction Code.  She did such a good job reviewing the state of green codes that I wanted to make it available for download (PDF) to my readers