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Montgomery County Proposes 2018 International Green Construction Code; Department of Permitting Services Will Host Online Public Hearing on Regulations at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) has proposed that the County adopt the 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC). DPS will host an online public hearing on the regulations at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, to obtain feedback on the regulations.

The proposal to adopt the IgCC with amendments will open for public comments through Monday, Oct. 5.  

Montgomery County has established targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2027 and by 100 percent by 2035. The building sector comprises 50 percent of the County’s community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Improving the efficiency of new and existing buildings is a critical step that the County seeks to take to meet its GHG reduction goals. Adoption of the 2018 IgCC will be an important tool in the County’s multi-faceted approach to achieve net zero energy buildings.

The 2018 IgCC provides a whole systems approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings. The IgCC includes measures that result in better indoor environments and lower impact on natural resources. It includes solar photovoltaic options, energy modeling options and building design improvements. The 2018 IgCC applies to certain new buildings and additions to existing building of more than 5,000 square feet.

To register for the DPS public hearing on the proposed adoption of the 2018 IgCC Green Construction Codes, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/183419839248689420. A confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the webinar.

The 2018 IgCC proposed executive regulations are available at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/exec/register/current.html.  

More information on the proposed executive regulations are available on the DPS website at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DPS/green_dps.html.

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Release ID: 20-464
Media Contact: Jessica Fusillo 240-401-6570