Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Code Council Offers Complimentary Download of New IGCC Version 2.0

The International Code Council has launched Version 2.0 of the International Green Construction Code for use as a jurisdictional tool to regulate green construction, and as a document for comment leading into the 2011 Code Development and Final Action hearings. You may access IGCC PV 2.0, including excerpts of the code’s Water Provisions as free downloads, on the Code Council’s website at Public Version 2.0 reflects the work of the IGCC Public Hearings Committee, which conducted a review of 1,500 comments and nearly 120 hours of testimony during eight days of public hearings during August 2009 in Chicago.

The IGCC applies to new and existing, traditional and high-performance commercial buildings. It includes ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 as an alternative compliance requirement. Coordinated with the ICC family of codes, the IGCC is designed to go beyond traditional code requirements for those communities who are aggressively pursuing a sustainable goal.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Maintaining the Green Learning Curve by Beth Gillispie

Anyone invested in sustainable design and products, especially in the fields of architecture and design as well as signage, knows that new ideas,  products, and applications are emerging every day.  The challenge is to maintain our “green learning curve” in the midst of our busy lives.  It helps to network with like minded colleagues who are also passionate about sustainability, and it helps to stay connected with vendors, associations, and publications with a focus on green building.

I have found that one of the easiest ways to get a daily dose of inspiration and keep my learning curve strong is to use the internet to do the research for me.  You can stay current with just a few minutes every day (easier than an exercise routine!) by setting up a free GoogleAlerts account. Type in your key words, and each day Google will send you articles available on the web with those key words. For example, I have set up “green friendly signage” and “environmentally friendly signs” as some of my topics. Those of you who follow sports teams or other specific topics know that this is similar to having your own personal news delivered to your email each day.  The items are not always relevant, but there are often some jewels amidst the cyberspace asteroids, and for the few minutes it takes to scan the results you just might see an application that not only lifts your learning curve, but also your ability to innovate and provide more sustainable solutions yourself.