The Final Action Hearings for the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) begin tomorrow (November 2, 2011).
As I have posted previously, the 300+ code officials who are registered to vote during these hearings will be charged with transforming a relatively incomprehensible document into one that will establish the new standard for sustainable construction in this country.
A fairly large group of rather influential members of the ICC has chosen to actively support a proposal, GG34, that would essentially throw out most of the current document and replace it with a much shorter one that relies heavily on the existing provisions of other International Codes. Many of the vague and undefined provisions of the IgCC that make it unenforceable would be removed by GG34. So it appears to be a good solution for those code officials charged with developing a useable code this week.
GG34 also removes the provisions for Life Cycle Assessment and Component Design Life that AAMA finds so troubling. So it would appear to be an acceptable solution for the fenestration industry as well.
But the American Institute of Architects (AIA) does not like GG34. They are an ICC Strategic Partner, and their viewpoint could effect how widely the IgCC is adopted nationwide.
Which could make for what I consider to be some rather interesting discussion over the next few days.
I know some people find it strange, but I find this type of stuff just plain fascinating.