September 28, 2017

Montgomery County Adopts the International Green Construction Code



Montgomery County is taking a major step forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet climate protection goals with the unanimous Council approval of Executive Regulation 21-15 AMII, which adopts the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) establishing green building code requirements. The requirements of the IgCC will take effect on Dec. 1 in Montgomery County.

With adoption of the IgCC, Montgomery County establishes a baseline requirement that new, non-residential construction and additions of 5,000 square feet or more must be designed and constructed to reduce building energy use by at least 50% over the average commercial building energy consumption in the base year of 2000.

In addition to reducing energy consumption by 50%, projects must mitigate heat island impacts associated with development and divert at least 50% of construction and demolition waste material from landfills. This green building code is a critical step in meeting the County’s commitment to implementation of the County’s Climate Protection Plan.

For more information, visit the Department of Permitting Services website.

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