GREEN BUILDING CODES
2008 CALIFORNIA GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS CODE
The recently published 2008 California Green Building Standards Code is one of the first, if not the first, green building code in the U.S. OHP analyzed its impact on historic preservation and participated as a stakeholder during the public review process. California SHPO Wayne Donaldson testified at one Code Review Panel hearing regarding historic preservation issues.
OHP reviewed the impact of the new Green Building Standards Code on preservation in the Fall 2008 issue of OHP's quarterly newsletter, “Preservation Matters,” (see page 10).
INTERNATIONAL GREEN CONSTRUCTION CODE
The International Code Council is in the process of formulating an International Green Construction Code. As part of its review, the Council has identified three categories of existing buildings to be evaluated: the first category includes all buildings constructed under the green code, which become by definition existing buildings following issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy; the second category includes buildings constructed prior to the adoption of the green code that would come partially or fully under the code by virtue of subsequent alteration or expansion; and the third category would encompass all remaining existing buildings.
It is incumbent upon the preservation community to see that it is represented or serve in an advisory capacity to ascertain that any codes approved are not inadvertently adverse to historic preservation.