A primer to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is now available for all AIA members.

The IgCC, which was released in March, lays out a new model for conserving energy in both commercial and residential buildings through sustainable building design and construction. See past ECO-STRUCTURE coverage here and here. The AIA guide is meant to help architects implement the code in their practices, AIA president Jeff Potter, FAIA, said in a statement.


The International Code Council hopes to get all 50 states to adopt the code, which establishes baseline sustainable design requirements. Areas the code covers include energy and water use efficiency, materials and resource use, indoor environmental quality, building impacts on the environment, site design, and sustainable building owner/facility management education. The primer offers a comprehensive overview of the IgCC, background on the IgCC’s history, and a chapter-by-chapter summary of the code.

A copy of the overview can be found on the AIA website.