May 28, 2013 - Constructing energy-efficient buildings favorably impacts the economic development of communities, meets consumer demand, and saves valuable resources. Week four of the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month 2013, sponsored by the American Gas Association, focuses on energy and green buildings. Efficient buildings can improve energy security, reduce stress on the power grid and on natural gas supplies, improve local air quality, and save money, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.
The earliest building codes addressed fire prevention, structural reliability, and other fundamental safety factors. Green practices in the construction industry are a next step in the evolution of safety codes—the guidelines cities and states use to ensure public safety in buildings. read more>>>