Code Council Creates Sustainable Building Committee

Staff | September 28, 2010

In mid July, the International Code Council Board approved the creation of a Sustainable Building Technology Committee (SBTC) to support its many ongoing efforts in green, sustainable and safe construction.

Among the organization's green-building initiatives: creation of the International Energy Conservation Code; continual advancement of the International Plumbing Code, which requires the efficient use of water; the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard for residential construction, a program to verify sustainable attributes of building products; creation of a green clearinghouse for sharing sustainability information; and green-building certification and training programs.

According to Code Council CEO Rick Weiland, the board's action is an important step toward providing aforum as communities and industry look to the council for guidance, technical standards and consensus in green building.

It will:

  • Develop proposed code changes and analysis/response of related changes proposed for the Code Council family of codes and standards,
  • Participate in the development of council guidelines to assist members and jurisdictional authorities in implementing sustainable construction practices in their communities,
  • Provide input on related programs such as green training and a green certification program for First Preventers, code officials who ensure buildings are safe and energy efficient, and
  • Advise the council's board of directors regarding the development of new international codes or standards in support of sustainable construction practices.

To learn more about the Council's green initiatives, go to