D.C.'s Green Codes Signal a New Era of Sustainability
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The District of Columbia ushered in a new era of sustainability last week by adopting 2013 D.C. Construction Codes, which include some of the nation's most progressive green building standards. The new codes went into effect on March 28.
The D.C. Green Building Codes were drafted with input and support from sustainability experts, including Ms. Kocak, and representatives from the local and national chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council. Comprised of the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) with local amendments, the 2013 D.C. Green Construction Codes apply to construction projects greater than 10,000 square feet, with the exception of single family homes, townhouses, and multifamily residential construction that are three stories or less. Projects larger than 10,000 square feet can satisfy the new green standards by building to existing LEED, Enterprise Green Communities, ASHRAE 189.1, or ICC-700 certification.