The design, construction, and maintenance/operation of buildings in the U.S. is increasingly impacted by both voluntary and mandatory â€śgreenâ€ť standards that either encourage or dictate environmentally sound choices with respect to building location and transportation, energy efficiency, water use, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality (IEQ). On the voluntary side, USGBCâ€™s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating systems provide a major driving force for changes in interior building products and furnishings. Many manufacturers are seeking to develop products that are resource efficient, use less toxic substances, and minimize IEQ impacts so they qualify for points under these LEED systems. Other well-known green building rating systems with criteria impacting interior products include the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria for new school construction, the Green Building Initiative (GBI) Green Globes certification system, and the National Association of Home Buildersâ€™ (NAHB) Green Building Standard. As building â€śgreenâ€ť sweeps the nation, the practices pioneered by voluntary programs are being written into building codes. California led the way with CALGreen, the first mandatory state-wide green building code. National standards have been developed by the International Code Council and by ASHRAE and its collaborators. The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) already has been adopted in some jurisdictions. These regulatory tools are primarily intended to increase the energy efficiency of buildings, but like LEED, they also impact the selection of interior building products and in some cases furniture.
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- IgCC Progress; posted June 2, 2011 by Al Hodgson