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International green construction code released

BY Marianne Wilson

ASHRAE announced the release of the 2018 International Green Construction Code, which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council, International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society.

The goals of the updated code are to help governments streamline code development and adoption and improve building industry standardization by integrating two previously separate guidance documents: ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/USGBC/IES 189.1-2017-Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Building with ICC’s multi-stakeholder IgCC.

The 2018 code leverages ASHRAE’s technical expertise to offer a comprehensive tool that has a direct effect on how green building strategies are implemented, according to Sheila J. Hayter, 2018-2019 ASHRAE president.

“Improving energy efficiency, building performance and indoor air quality are at the core of ASHRAE’s mission and we are encouraged by the impact of this landmark model towards realizing more a sustainable future for us all,” she said.

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