The International Code Council has approved the creation of a Sustainable Building Technology Committee to support its ongoing efforts in green, sustainable and safe construction.

“I am proud that the board continues to be proactive on green building matters and supported creating this new committee,” said 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.”

The committee will provide an open forum for discussion of sustainability and ensure that code council members and stakeholders have a key voice in the critical debate, officials said. It will be charged with developing proposed code changes, participating in the development of council guidelines, providing input on related council programs such as green training and a green certification program, and serving in an advisory role to the council’s board of directors regarding the development of new codes or standards.

“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 council CEO Rick Weiland. “It reflects the code council’s commitment to confront both the challenge and opportunity to create energy-efficient and sustainable communities.”