Maryland Adopts International Green Construction Code
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law legislation passed by the state's General Assembly adopting the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) as an optional requirement for new construction, the International Code Council (ICC) announced on May 10. ICC, a membership association, said that Maryland's adoption of the IGCC, effective in March 2012, will apply to all commercial buildings as well as residential properties more than three stories high. The IGCC is a tool designed for jurisdictions to adopt into laws reducing the environmental impact of construction projects while keeping construction safety measures intact and enforceable.
The Building Codes—International Green Construction Code Act authorizes the state's Department of Housing and Community Development to adopt the IGCC, while allowing local jurisdictions to make amendments to the IGCC under certain conditions as long as the local amendment is adopted in accordance with applicable local law. See the ICC press release.