This May marks the 31st anniversary of the International Code Council Foundation’s (ICCF) Building Safety Month. All month long members of the ICCF will work to promote building safety and sustainable design issues to builders and the general public.
Established in 1980, Building Safety Month is a month-long program that promotes public awareness of methods and ideas that encourage safe and sustainable building practices. This year marks the first time that the ICCF will devote the entire first week of Building Safety Month to environmentally friendly green building practices.
"The emergence of green building codes and standards is an important next step to provide communities with the opportunity to build sustainable and safe buildings," Richard P. Wieland, ICCF Board of Governors and CEO of the Code Council said. "We talked to communities that indicated their voluntary green building programs reach only, but an important, 30 percent of the built environment. That told us there is a clear need for a regulatory tool to establish a baseline to help jurisdictions meet their sustainability goals."
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During Green and Energy Week attendees will learn about simple sustainable practices such as replacing windows, roofs and insulation to increase energy efficiency in the home.
"New studies show that green homes can also be healthier homes," says Rebecca Morley, Executive Director of the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), a platinum sponsor of Green and Energy Week.
With the International Code Council implementing the International Green Construction Code next year, this event comes at perfect time when consumers and builders alike need to be updated on the latest green initiatives and technologies.