The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released the first overview guide on how architects can implement in their practice the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which was introduced in March by the International Code Council (ICC). The guide is meant as a one-stop-shop document exclusively for AIA-member architects working in jurisdictions where the IgCC is adopted or soon will be.
"For architects to begin implementing and advocating for a code as far-ranging and complex as the IgCC, they need a document that covers everything about it," said AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA. "The IgCC Guide should be part of every architect's client tool-kit going forward."
Areas Covered by the AIA's IgCC Guide
- A comprehensive overview of the IgCC
- A backgrounder on the IgCC's genesis and a history of environmental advocacy by the AIA
- A closer look at energy and energy modeling
- A chapter-by-chapter summary of the IgCC
- An entire chapter on how to lobby state and local governments to adopt the IgCC
"We commend the AIA for undertaking this significant effort to educate its membership and the Architectural profession as a whole about the IgCC, a new code which we expect will have a dramatic and positive effect on the design of safe and sustainable structures," said Richard P. Weiland, ICC Chief Executive Officer. "This guide should serve as the handbook for any architect focused on high-performance building."