2008-02-11, 16:35

National Green Building Standard for Multifamily Construction Continues to Develop

By: Multifamily Real Estate Industry Team
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the International Code Council (ICC) and the NAHB Research Center are continuing their work on a new standard for green buildings, with the goal of obtaining ANSI approval. Thereafter, the standard (as an ANSI standard) would be available for adoption by local building departments. The new standard will specifically address multifamily development and construction and is intended to be incorporated seamlessly into local building codes. Participation by ICC building officials encourages cities and counties to adopt the new standard.

The standard is being developed by a Consensus Committee made up of various stakeholders, including architects, builders, code officials, engineers, environmental advocates, manufacturers, and trade organizations. The next meeting of the Consensus Committee is scheduled for December 3 and 4, 2007 at the National Housing Center, 1201 15th Street, NW in Washington, DC. The purpose of the meeting is to provide a public venue for debate of public comments that have not yet been considered.

The entire development process is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2008. After completion of the ANSI process, the standard will be promulgated as a joint publication between NAHB and the International Code Council (ICC). For more information on the development of the new standard, go to http://www.nahbrc.org/technical/standards/greenbuilding.aspx.

(This entry published by Karen Estelle Carey, A member of the Real Estate Development group)

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