May, 2009
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ICC and Cengage Learning Launch Online Resource for Green Building


New site provides information for the sustainable building and manufacturing industry; tips and tools for homeowners, consumers

The International Code Council and Delmar, a part of Cengage Learning, have unveiled a new online resource for sustainable construction and manufacturing. The Web site features green building tips for consumers and industry experts, information on compliant manufacturers, industry news and information, green products, conformity assessment programs and codes, upcoming industry seminars and events, and various resources and tools.

Easy-to-use and rich in content, is a portal containing a broad range of information related to green construction. The site is updated frequently with practical advice, tips and information for selecting a sustainable property; positioning buildings on a site; designing with sustainable materials; energy, water and material conservation; and recycling construction waste. It is intended to reach industry professionals and workers looking to meet compliance issues and stay abreast of the sustainable construction industry, as well as homeowners and consumers interested in building a more sustainable home.

“With more and more interest in sustainable construction, the need for reliable and timely information on green building construction practices has never been more critical,” said International Code Council CEO Rick Weiland. “ provides the necessary information and guidance professionals and consumers need to build safe and sustainable homes, office buildings, schools, hospitals and other facilities, acting as a one-stop resource for compliance information and support.”

The site also offers recommendations for helpful books and multi-media such as:
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, which encourages energy conservation through efficiency in envelope design, mechanical systems, lighting systems, and the use of new materials and techniques

  • National Green Building Standard (ICC 700), the first national standard to address green practices in residential construction

  • The Green Home: A Decision-Making Guide for Owners and Builders, a book dedicated to teaching builders and homeowners about environmentally friendly residential construction“Building Green” DVD, a documentary highlighting five U.S. cities’ green initiatives
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