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Build better codes

USGBC has spent the last dozen years working to end the negative impact of buildings on the people that occupy them and the environment that surrounds them. For even longer, building codes have sought to address some, but not all, of these impacts.

Through a growing community of green building professionals and LEED, we are demonstrating that better, greener buildings can slash energy consumption, water use and waste while also restoring natural systems, improving indoor air and benefitting bottom line. Policy makers and the public are taking notice. And looking for new tools to help accelerate the transformation of our built world.

USGBC supports government initiatives that seek to expand the building codes to address a greater spectrum of risk in its community, illuminated by green building practice. USGBC’s Build Better Codes campaign calls for state and local government adoption of building energy codes, and for the thoughtful consideration of how the newly-established green building codes can serve as an important addition to minimum building regulations. In addition to the many benefits that green building codes provide, the Institute for Market Transformation reports that every dollar invested in energy code compliance and enforcement initiatives yields $6 in energy savings.

For generations, building codes have been improving to provide the minimum construction safeguards that address important public health, safety and welfare challenges. USGBC’s work with leading building industry organizations on the International Green Construction Code, which includes ASHRAE Standard 189.1 as an optional path to compliance.