“Green” Energy

Utah Low-Income Energy Program

Estimated Energy Use and Costs for Common Appliances in Utah – Energy Use Chart


International Green Constructon Code

*FYI: The IGCC has not been adopted by the state of Utah as a Building Code. However, the following includes great information for those interested in the IGCC.

In 2009, the International Code Council launched the development of a new International Green Construction Code initiative, sub-titled “Safe and Sustainable: By the Book,” committing to developing a model code focused on new and existing commercial buildings addressing green building design and performance. The initial project of drafting of the IGCC Public Version 1.0 was undertaken with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the ASTM International. Ultimately the IGCC Public Version 1.0 added new partners ASHRAE, USGBC and IES with the inclusion of ASHRAE Standard 189.1 as an option for jurisdictional requirements.

IGCC Development Concepts
  • Will use the “model” code approach
  • Minimum & advanced levels of performance (Green & high performance buildings)
  • Will work as an overlay to the ICC Family of Codes
  • Written in mandatory language that provides a new regulatory framework
  • Will provide performance, prescriptive and pre-engineered solutions
  • Will account for local conditions
  • Reflect the AIA 2030 Challenge
  • Work in tandem with leading Green rating systems
  • Designed with local, state & federal law in mind

The AIA and ASTM have played a vital role in the development of the IGCC. The AIA presence will assure a focus on their 2030 Carbon Neutrality Goal. ASTM International which carries a worldwide reputation as a standards developer strengthens the scientific basis that will drive the Code.

ASHRAE, USGBC and IES have joined the collective effort to provide the United States with the single most comprehensive Green Code available to date.  By inclusion of Standard 189 as a Jurisdictional Requirement Option in the IGCC, communities throughout the U.S. will have unparallel access to a Code that will drive sustainable building practices into everyday use.

The International Green Construction Code Public Version 1.0 is available as a resource document to guide adoption activities at a global level.