Regulations, Codes & Standards

Evolution of Green Rating Programs

As standards in specific categories of building products are developed, green design programs typically point to those standards as the benchmarks in various credit areas. Most government agencies, when looking to establish guidelines for greening their facilities, will first look… Read More

Outline of Green Codes and Standards

An outline of SHRAE Standard 90.1, ASHRAE Standard 189.1, International Energy Conservation CODE (IECC), International Green Construction Code (IGCC), and National Green Building Standard (NGBS).  

States Implement VOC Regulations

The roofing industry in several Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states became fully compliant with new Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) regulations Jan 1. Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C., came into full compliance; Vermont… Read More

VOC Regulations Stalled in New England

“New volatile organic compound (VOC) regulation implementation scheduled for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Columbia will not go into effect this year as expected. VOCs found in roofing sealants and adhesives are regulated by the Environmental Protection… Read More

Cracking the Green Building Code

“Voluntary green rating systems were never intended to serve as mandatory building codes. Instead, they were designed to entice the segment of the building community that was willing and able to move beyond conventional construction practices to begin exploring innovative… Read More