March was a busy green building news month at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The organization announced its top 10 green building legislation list, showed its support of Building Star Legislation, and announced that registration for Federal Summit 2010 is open. In addition to these news stories, which I already covered here on MNN, I wanted to share some of the other USGBC news items from March.

International Green Construction Code (IGCC) Announced

The USGBC worked with the International Code Council (ICC), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) announced the official launch of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). This is a new national green building code that will help foster the continued growth of the green building industry.

Hines LEED Building Portfolio Reaches 100 Million Square Feet

In March, commercial real estate firm CB Richard Ellis celebrated its 50th LEED for Existing Buildings certified property. Another major real estate firm also reached a big milestone in March 2010 – Hines now has more than 100 million square feet of property in the LEED Program spread across almost 200 different projects.

GreenSource Magazine Receives Neal Awards

USGBC members receive the McGraw-Hill Construction GreenSource magazine as part of their membership benefits. Recently the magazine received seven Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Awards include Best Single Issue for the March/April 2009 issue.

USGBC Leaders Discuss Green Building in China

USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi and a team of delegates from the USGBC are in China attending the Sixth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building and New Technologies and Products Expo. The delegation will also be attending the annual meeting of China’s Green Building Council. Although China has its own green building rating systems, multinational companies that build in China are still pursuing LEED certification due to its worldwide popularity.

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