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Re: ICC Green Building Code

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The building code already addresses Green and LEED related items, it's just not as overt as they are making it sound. We already have thermal envelope provisions and minimum standards which serve no real purpose but to save energy. Look at deflection limits - they're there for occupant comfort and well-being, but we've all been in older buildings where deflection was clearly not a design criteria and it's hard to quantify how the slopes are damaging the psyches of the occupants. Air recirculation is mostly for well being of the occupants as well, since the actual safety is at a level of ventilation far below (just as with deflection). This likely expands the scope to push for higher efficiency, better daylighting - otherwise we'll just get more buildings from the 70s - and the like. I don't expect bike racks and mandatory showers to be added, at least not any time soon.

FWIW - I think you're looking for the term "greenwashing." ICC is a commercial entity - they're here to make money, and there's money in Green, as the LEED folks have shown us in spades.


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