Tag Archive 'green buildings + cities'

Aug 23

Green Buildings – CALGreen, IGCC, LEED

The upcoming free webinar: The Reality of Implementing Green Building Programs in Your City now has over 200 registrants and there is still time to sign up. The webinar date is February 23. Click here to register.

BasicGov has teamed up with Chris Cheatham and Bob Kobet to present this free webinar that will cover the following topics:

  • The basics of IGCC
  • Best practices for implementation of green building codes
  • Problems that have arisen in jurisdictions that have adopted green building codes

Previous blog posts have talked about IGCC and LEED and recently Chris Cheatham wrote about CALGreen in his blog …

In California, January 1, 2011 marked the introduction of CALGreen, the California green building code.  The California government has produced a guide to CalGreen, which I found informative:

“The 2010 California Green Building Standards Code is a code with mandatory requirements for new residential and nonresidential buildings (including buildings for retail, office, public schools and hospitals) throughout California beginning on January 1, 2011. The code is Part 11 of the California Building Standards Code in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations and is also known as the CALGreen Code.”

If you are interested in a more thorough review of CALGreen, I would recommend Imad Naffa’s post on the subject.  Here are some quick thoughts I have on CALGreen:

  • Whenever I read about new building codes, I always wonder whether code officials will be prepared to enforce them.  This question is specifically addressed in the guide: “Chapter 7 of the CALGreen Code provides a guideline for minimum inspector qualification criteria.”
  • I noted that CALGreen requires commissioning of new buildings.  Commissioning involves calibrating the building’s systems to make sure they are running as designed.  Commissioning is often cited as one of the more expensive aspects of a green building; but it can also ensure a green building works properly.  It will be interesting to see how the California real estate industry responds to mandatory commissioning.
  • California is often a bell-weather state for new green building trends.  Will statewide building codes become more common?

Remember to register for the webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/674916328


3 responses so far

Aug 23

Green Buildings in State and Local Governments – IGCC vs LEED

States are beginning to consider the adoption of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) IGCC as a state-wide green building code in lieu of LEED certification requirements (as stated in Chris Cheatham’s blog).

The IGCC is available for a free download.  At the front of the code is a helpful “Roadmap to the International Green Constructon Code”:

“Chapter 3 is the core of the (IGCC).  It is formatted to: facilitate the customization of this code to address local issues; provide options for construction which exceed the minimum requirements of this code; and provide for the implementation of best practice. . . .

All of the provisions of this code, other than those selected by the jurisdiction in Table 302.1 and those designated as project electives, are mandatory as applicable.”

Rhode Island was one of the first states to adopt the IGCC.  Rhode Island adopted the code as an “‘equivalent standard’ to meet requirements that all new major facility projects by state agencies be constructed as green buildings.”

Click to register for a free webinar to learn more about green building implementations. The speakers in the webinar, Chris Cheatham and Bob Kobet, will talk about these areas and provide an opportunity to interact with questions:

• Green building standards – How LEED and the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) relate.
• What other local governments are doing with green buildings and what’s the right approach for your city
• Best practices for implementation to ensure green building code regulations are met

To read comments by Bob Kobet about green building codes and IGCC, click to “IGCC a step in the right direction“.



No responses yet