Energy and Green Building Week Starts

ENERGY & Green Building Week of the 2012 Building Safety Month campaign kicked off yesterday with a focus on the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the first model green code for constructing and remodeling buildings.

The IgCC will make buildings more efficient and reduce waste. It is expected to have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare.

"With the new International Green Construction Code, we're going to see more builders offering energy-efficient packages and upgrades," said Mike Holmes, trusted contractor, HGTV celebrity and 2012 Honorary Ambassador for Building Safety Month.

For more than 100 years, building codes in the United States have evolved to incorporate critical safeguards for building occupants based on the most current building science. The IgCC, developed by the International Code Council, will increase the energy-efficiency of structures, while providing direction and oversight of green design and construction.

The IgCC is for communities that want to pursue sustainable construction above and beyond the traditional level of code requirements. It's the first model code to include sustainability measures for an entire construction project and its site - from design, through construction, certificate of occupancy and beyond. It also establishes minimum green requirements for buildings.

Building Safety Month, a program of the International Code Council Foundation (ICCF), is marked each year by more than 50,000 International Code Council Members through official ceremonies, community outreach events, demonstration projects and school-based programs. On May 1, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring May as National Building Safety Month for the second consecutive year.

SOURCE: International Code Council Foundation photo: Third Edition Building @ 1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW by bdking reproduced under CCL.

Tuesday 8th May 2012

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