Rhode Island Adopts Green Construction Code

by bkrigbaum@solagroup.com

Island is the first state in the nation to adopt the International
Green Construction Code
The Rhode Island Green Buildings Act identifies the IGCC, developed by
the International Code Council,
as an equivalent standard in
compliance with requirements that all public agency major facility
projects be
designed and constructed as green buildings. The Rules and Regulations
implement the Act took effect this month. The IGCC applies to new and
traditional and high-performance commercial buildings. It includes
ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 as a jurisdictional compliance

The Rhode Island
Green Buildings Act applies to any public project that is owned,
leased, or
controlled by the State of Rhode Island, including new construction
larger than 5,000 gross square feet, or renovations involving more than
gross square feet of occupied
or conditioned space. All qualifying public
projects must be designed and constructed to “an equivalent
high performance
green building standard.”

“The emergence of
green building codes and standards is an important next step to provide
and communities with the opportunity to build sustainable and safe
Rick Weiland, International Code Council Chief Executive Officer said.
establishing a much-needed set of baseline regulations that are
usable and affordable, we are pleased to recognize Rhode Island under
leadership of Governor Carcieri as the first state in the nation to
adopt the
International Green Construction Code.”

In addition to the
Code Council, cooperating sponsors of the IGCC are the American
Institute of Architects
, the American
Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

the U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) and the Illuminating
Engineering Society

“It’s very exciting
to me as building code commissioner to see that we are the
first,” John P.
Leyden, Rhode Island State Building Code Commissioner said.
“A lot of the
legislatures around the country are also looking for more green
buildings. I
think this would be perfect for other states to look at to see if it
fits in
with their code adoptions.”

The International
Code Council
, a membership
association dedicated to building safety, fire
prevention and energy efficiency, develops the codes used to construct
residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most
cities, counties and states choose
the International Codes
building safety codes developed by the
International Code Council. The International Codes also serve as the
basis for
construction of federal properties around the world, and as a reference
many nations outside the United States.

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