On the vespers of launching the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the latest iteration of the International Code Council’s (ICC) green model building code developed in 2007 and published in 2009, the ICC has posted a highly informative and well-organized webinar on its website.

Moderated by Jeremy Sigmon, manager of green building codes advocacy for the USGBC, this free webinar, entitled Green Building Codes 101: Navigating the Standards, Codes, and Rating Systems, addresses questions regarding the relationship between green rating systems, standards, and codes, and provides an introduction to the IgCC.

I highly recommend devoting 90 minutes to watch it, especially if you’re not a code wonk. The seminar begins with basic, but often misunderstood, definitions for “codes,” “standards,” and “rating systems,” explaining the nuanced differences between them and how they work together. After clearly and comprehensibly demarking the roll of these three systems, the webinar goes on to introduce the mission of each of the sponsoring organizations, including the ICC, USGBC, ASHRAE, and the American Institute of Architects.

The ICC section, narrated by Darren Meyers, includes a chapter-by-chapter introduction to the IgCC, explaining how local jurisdictions can implement the code as an overlay to existing, locally adopted codes, and the difference the IgCC plays as an ordinance versus a volunteer, stretch rating system, such as the ANSI National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

Although the IgCC does not seek to compete with green rating systems, the code was built upon work by many green initiatives, nationally and locally, including the 2030 Challenge. For municipalities adopting the 2030 Challenge, the IgCC provides a ready code path toward achieving these goals.

Written in mandatory language that provides a new regulatory framework, the IgCC establishes a new roll for ICC as an organization aggressively pushing up the floor of sustainability from a volunteer effort into law, and thus into broad market assimilation. To wit, the IgCC puts the ambitious requirements of the 2012 International Energy Construction Code as the minimum standard, while recommending further improvements. IgCC also references and incorporates ASHRAE 189.1 as an alternate path to compliance, while for residential portions of buildings, the IgCC references the ANSI NGBS.

To watch the seminar, click on the following links