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.