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Frequently Asked Questions about Implementing Green Building Codes

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From education webinar with green building construction experts, Chris Cheatham and Robert Kobet, moderated by BasicGov, about how to establish an effective approach to planning and implementing green …

From education webinar with green building construction experts, Chris Cheatham and Robert Kobet, moderated by BasicGov, about how to establish an effective approach to planning and implementing green buildings codes in your municipality. Speakers discussed the International Green Construction Code, LEED-based regulations as well as best practices for implementing a green building code.

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  • 1. Green buildings in your city - faqOVERVIEWGreen building construction experts, Chris Cheatham and Robert Kobet partnered with BasicGov to outlinean effective approach to planning and implementing green buildings codes in your municipality. In theFebruary 23, 2011 webinar “The Reality of Implementing Green Buildings in Your City”, speakersdiscussed the International Green Construction Code, LEED-based regulations as well as best practices forimplementing a green building code. Webinar participants asked many questions and this FAQ (frequentlyasked questions) document is to help government agencies advance green building programs.ABO UT SPE AK E RS Chris Cheatham: Chris is a Green Building Construction Consultant and Attorney and publisher of the acclaimed Green Building Law Update, a blog www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com dedicated to emerging legal and regulatory issues in the green building industry. He has advised multiple municipalities regarding green building regulations and he is a frequent speaker on the topic. Robert Kobet: Bob is LEED Faculty, and CEO of The Kobet Collaborative. Bob’s impact on the built environment spans several decades over a wide area of influence. His green building and sustainable community development projects around the world range from small non- profit endeavors to multi-million dollar developments. www.bobkobet.com Webinar Sponsor and Moderator: BasicGov web-based software streamlines and automates processes related to green building implementation from permits and inspections to code enforcement. www.basicgov.comFRE Q UE N T L Y ASKE D Q UE ST I O N SQ: Why should we adopt green building codes instead of LEED?A: The LEED rating system is not a building code. The creators of the LEED rating system intended for it toapply to the top echelon of new buildings. A green building code, if drafted properly, can reasonably beapplied to all buildings in the jurisdiction.Q: Does federal law prevent us from enacting green building codes?A: No. Keep in mind this simple rule of thumb: states and cities can regulate buildings; the federalgovernment regulates appliances and systems.Q: Should we just adopt a model green building code wholesale?A: Probably not. Model green building codes, like the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), provideoptions for jurisdictions to select. It doesnt make sense for a state in the arid Southwest to adopt the samebuilding code as a state in the frigid Northeast.Q: So we adopted a green building code. Now what?A: The most important part is still to come -- you have to train your code officials. The green building codesmay now be on the books, but your code officials have to understand the changes and what they are lookingfor. Without proper training, your jurisdiction could face conflicts between what the code says and what thecode official actually allows. Its also important that you educate the public about the new codes. There islikely to be confusion about what the green building codes truly mean for the real estate industry. Clear upthis confusion by educating through seminars, webinars, and mailings.Page 1 of 2
  • 2. Green buildings in your city - faqFRE Q UE N T L Y ASKE DQ UE ST IO NS - CO NT I N U E DQ: How will adopting the IGCC impact the costof enforcing the new codes?A: Most of the cost will be in education andtraining, although code officials are subject toongoing education obligations, if notrequirements. Other costs may be necessary toinform constituents through advertising, revisionsto forms, etc. This is where BasicGov software can .help with workflow processes.Q: Where can I go to get more informationabout IGCC?A: This website has IGCC informationwww.iccsafe.org/cs/IGCC/Pages/default.aspxincluding downloading the public version, training BasicGov web-based software streamlines and automatesand certification information. processes related to green building implementation from permits and inspections to code enforcement. Track progress, see dashboards, generate reports.Q: Which source has the best informationabout LEED?A: The US Green Building Council websitewww.usgbc.org/.Q: Is there a place to get education related togreen building codes?A: The International Code Council offers courses –see herewww.iccsafe.org/Education/Courses/Pages/institutes.aspx.CO NT ACT INFO R M AT I O NChris Cheatham Roula FredriksonLEED AP Sales Executive,Construction Attorney BasicGovchris@kc‐grp.com roula.fredrikson@basi1-202-553‐3181 cgov.com 1-866-999-1846Bob KobetLEED FacultyArchitectbob@kc-grp.com1-412‐980‐9725Page 2 of 2