Tomorrow I'm headed to Memphis for the International Code Council meetings where the 2015 version of the International Green Construction Code will be determined. The hearings themselves kicked off this past weekend, but the Energy and Water action happens beginning Wednesday afternoon.
Code hearings are quite the experience. Think of an episode of "American Idol" but the contestants all have grey beards and instead of singing, they debate CFMs, GPMs, and BUG ratings. It may sound inconsequential, but these decisions will determine a huge percentage of our country's future energy consumption.
"Green" codes make for the most fascinating hearings, since putting "green" and "code" together would seem to form an oxymoron. I prefer to think about it in terms of "what is the minimum that a building should do during design and construction to be considered green?" This is a far cry from the way a leadership distinction like LEED or the Living Building Challenge are developed, and as a result it is quite fair to expect different outcomes.
All the areas of debate in green will be on the table this week, from energy efficiency and water efficiency to exactly how toxic a green building is allowed to be.
If you want to watch live (bless you), tune in at the link below,