Alliance to Unify ASHRAE Standard 189.1 and ICC Green Construction Code

Learn the effects this merger will have on building codes.

An alliance between the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers,the International Code Council, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the U.S. Green Building Council is pushing for unifying ASHRAE’s Standard 189.1 for High-Performance Green Buildings with ICC’s International Green Construction Code into a single model code, the ICC reported.

The document will be designated the 2018 version of the IgCC, for publication in the summer of 2018. Its objective is providing basic criteria for energy efficiency, resource conservation, water safety, land use, site development, indoor environmental quality and building performance that can be widely adopted.

“The 2018-IgCC will provide the design and construction industry with the single, most effective way to deliver sustainable, resilient, high-performance buildings,” says ICC Board President M. Dwayne Garriss. “The ‘IgCC-powered-by-189.1’ joint initiative framed the essential sustainable construction building blocks on which future resilient initiatives can develop and expand.”

The effects of this merger are detailed by Window & Door columnist Julie Ruth here.