Update on Building Codes

November/December 2011
A version of this article appears in the November/December 2011 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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November 01, 2011
Early next year the International Code Council will roll out the first fully vetted version of the International Green Construction Code.
I have been involved with building codes and standards for the past 17 years, and am now the executive director at the Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT) in Tucson, Arizona. When I look back over those years, it's clear to me that much has changed, and the rate of change is accelerating. Keeping up with the changes in codes and standards is difficult at best. It isn't only codes and standards that are changing but also rating systems, some of which aim far higher than code minimums (see Figure 1).

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