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Robert Jones 
Facilities Management Services Commonwealth of Virginia 804-819-4917 
Use of the International Green Construction Code 
In 2012, the Virginia General Assembly passed into law the High Performance Building Act. This Act required that all buildings constructed in Virginia which are over 5,000 sf and all renovations where the cost of the renovation exceeds 50% of the value of the building comply with the Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards as promulgated by the Department of General Services. 
DGS established standards that allowed for compliance with LEED Silver, Green Globes 2 Globes or the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). The Virginia Community College System opted on our new projects to pursue certification using the IGCC. This decision was made based on the belief that we should start testing the new IGCC as it will be mandated when that part of the International Code Suite is adopted. 
The benefit to the VCCS is that the use of the IGCC was implemented through our State Building Officials Office and we were able to focus our efforts in the areas that will truly provide us with a High Performance Building. Our first project was just certified and we now have the first building in Virginia certified using the IGCC. It is my belief that using this option we have designed and constructed a high performing building and have minimized the up front cost to the Commonwealth. 
The renovation of the Bayside Building at the Tidewater Community College using this process was a great success. We have successfully test driven this new code that will likely become the required green building code in Virginia and have learned how to navigate a new process successfully. 
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