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WASHINGTON (International Code Council) – Residential builders and other professionals now have a set framework for green construction that stipulates the necessities a home must have to be considered environmentally friendly.

The International Code Council (ICC) approved the National Green Building Standard, known as ICC-700, Jan. 29. The new standard provides guidance for safe and sustainable building practices for residential construction, including both new and renovated single-family to high-rise residential buildings.

This is the first and only green standard that is consistent and coordinated with the Code Council’s family of I-Codes and standards.

The International Code Council and National Association of Home Builders developed the standard with input from the green building community.

To learn about the standard’s rating system and criteria, as well as ICC-700 training and the Code Council’s Green Building Technologies Certification program, see ICC’s press release.

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