Greenbuild 2016 Special Set: A02 - Green Codes & LEED: Do We...

Since 2011, California has required a set of minimum green practices as part of its building code. Washington DC requires all buildings to be green. And its not just a coastal thing. Dallas, Texas and a suite of other cities across North America are requiring buildings within their authority to meet basic sustainability criteria. At the same time, some major cities and entities require or reward LEED certification. So how do we connect what has happened in LEED with green codes such as CALGreen, International Green Construction Code (IgCC) or ASHRAE Standard 189.1? A group of experts has already started the process by bringing a credit alignment between Californias green code (aka CALGreen) and LEED, which allows practitioners, manufacturers, and reviewers a pathway for streamlining some aspects of code compliance on LEED projects. Additionally in 2014 a harmonization of the sustainable building movement was announced IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and LEED Rating System have agreed to present a unified framework for voluntary and code level green building programs by 2018. So how do we marry codes with leadership standards? Can they coexist, and is there room for both in the private sector and in public policy?

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