The International Code Council will create a committee for dealing with green-building issues.

The International Code Council will create a Sustainable Building Technology Committee to support green initiatives, its board of directors announced July 19.

“I am proud that the Board continues to be proactive on green building matters and supported creating this new committee,” said council board President Steve Shapiro. “From the creation of the International Energy Conservation Code, the most widely used energy efficiency code, to the continual advancement of the International Plumbing Code, which requires the efficient use of water, the Code Council has embraced and committed itself to helping communities build safe and build green. Other examples include the ICC-700, national green building standard for residential construction, a program to verify sustainable attributes of building products, a green clearinghouse for jurisdictions to share sustainable information, and green building certification and training programs.”

Council CEO Rick Weiland said the board’s action symbolizes the council’s commitment to the environment.

“The board’s action is an important next step toward providing a valuable forum for the advancement of building science, as communities and industry look to the council for guidance, technical standards and consensus in the increasingly important arena of green building,” said Weiland. “It reflects the code council’s commitment to confront both the challenge and opportunity to create energy-efficient and sustainable communities.”