Maryland 1st State to Adopt International Green Construction Code

Maryland became the first state to pass the International Green Construction Code and apply the same across the board to all construction projects. As previously posted on my facebook page Green Building Construction for the Fire Service, Rhode Island adopted version one of the IGCC but only applied the code to public buildings.

The new law will go into effect on March 1, 2012. The IGCC bill (House Bill 972) passed through the state’s legislature with rampant success. The Senate approved the bill unanimously and the House passed it with a 121 to 18 vote.

The IGCC will serve as a supplement to the minimum building code applied in each jurisdiction (for the most part, the IBC). State and local building authorities will be authorized to implement the IGCC for all private and public construction.

The IGCC is the result of combined efforts from the International Code Council, the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Standard for Testing and Materials (ASTM International), the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).

Maryland a pioneer state for Green Codes & Green Buildings:

  • The first certified LEED Platinum building was in Maryland
  • Maryland was one of the first states to offer a green building tax credit in 2001
  • Today, 14 local governments in Maryland have enacted a LEED based green building initiative, including several that have mandatory green building laws imposed on private building.
  •  Relative to its population, Maryland has more LEED® projects than any other state. 

 

Sources:

http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/reiserlegal/23644/maryland-adopts-international-green-construction-code

http://construction.about.com/b/2011/04/13/first-state-to-adopt-international-green-construction-code.htm

http://www.sbcmag.info/kb/KB_SBC_NewsDetails.php?KBID=17423&

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John Shafer

An 18 year veteran of the fire service, and currently a Lieutenant and the Training Officer for the Greencastle Fire Department. An Indiana regionally recognized instructor on building construction, fireground search and command management, he has traveled throughout the State of Indiana delivering specialized training programs on building construction, fireground search and firefighter safety.

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