The International Code Council will move its world headquarters to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building in Washington, D.C.

“Our new world headquarters will be just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building,” said Code Council CEO Rick Weiland. “Having our offices in a LEED-certified, ‘green’ building in D.C. shows our corporate commitment to respect the environment. Green technology is going to play an important role in our collective future - not just in the United States but around the world.”

Weiland said he believes the move will elevate the council’s profile. He also believes it will enhance relationships with the federal government, as well as national and international organizations with a presence in Washington, including the National Association of Realtors, which owns the building.

“Last year, the board directed staff to find appropriate office space for our new headquarters,” said ICC President Wally Bailey, who is also director of development and construction for the city of Fort Smith, Ark. “It was a big plus that the best space available turned out to be a green building. This move fits in perfectly with our mission of safeguarding the public and demonstrates our commitment to good corporate citizenship.”

The Realtors achieved a LEED-silver rating using the U.S. Green Building Council’s building-rating system. Among its energy-efficient features are rainwater collection, high-efficiency HVAC and lighting systems, water-conserving fixtures, waterless urinals and heavy use of recycled materials.

“The combination of location, features of the building, energy and environmental performance, and accessibility makes it the right move for ICC,” said Sara Yerkes, the council’s senior vice president of government relations.