Many states and hundreds of individual localities have adopted green building measures, ranging from incentive programs to mandatory building standards. These jurisdictional initiatives generally utilize non-standardized, green building metrics developed by various private-sector organizations. To address the growing need for uniform green building criteria, however, the International Code Council (ICC) developed the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the first model code for green buildings, including multifamily properties.
This document is designed to assist code officials and apartment industry representatives as jurisdictions consider adoption of green building guidelines - particularly the 2012 IgCC. While the ICC codes serve as the basis for most state and local building codes, they are not in effect or enforceable until adopted by a state or local jurisdiction. Accordingly, state and local governments may adopt the IgCC in whole, in part or amend the model provisions to accommodate specific regional conditions. Therefore, this guidance includes specific recommendations for the adoption of the 2012 IgCC to accommodate the unique characteristics of multifamily properties.