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"Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"

2008 Iowa Acts, Senate File 517 provided for the development and promulgation of sustainable design standards as part of the State Building Code. These provisions will apply to constructioin projects as otherwise designated by the Iowa General Assembly or by other state agencies through administrative rulemaking. Senate File 517 created the following new section of the Code of Iowa:

  • 103A.8B Sustainable design or green building standards.
    The commissioner, after consulting with and receiving recommendations from the department of natural resources and the office of energy independence, shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A specifying standards and requirements for sustainable design and construction based upon or incorporating nationally recognized ratings, certifications, or classification systems, and procedures relating to documentation of compliance. The standards and requirements shall be incorporated into the state building code established in section 103A.7, but in lieu of general applicability shall apply to construction projects only if such applicability is expressly authorized by statute, or as established by another state agency by rule.

What are "sustainable design standards?"

"Sustainable design standards" are standards for construction projects intended to maximize the compatibility of buildings and facilities with their environments and to minimize any adverse environmental impact from those projects. They cover such issues as site selection and preparation, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy, indoor air quality, water conservation and quality, use of environmentally preferable building materials, waste reduction, and toxics reduction. The specific labels may vary from one of the various frameworks for sustainable design to another.


What sustainable design standards have been adopted in the State Building Code?

Sustainable design standards are found in 661 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 310. These standards take effect on July 1, 2009. The following standards are included:

  • For residental construction:
  • For commercial construction:
    • All commercial projects must comply with ASHRAE 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings, Except Low Rise Residential Buildings, published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers.
      • For projects seeking tax credits or tax refunds,
        • Certification at the Gold level in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, or
        • Certification at the Silver level in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, with demonstration to the satisfacion of the Building Code Commissioner that a good faith effort was made to obtrain Gold level certification and that the project emphasizes energy conservation, or
        • Any alternative demonstrated to be equivalent to the satisfaction of the Building Code Commissioner.
      • For commercial projects other than those seeking tax credits or tax refunds:
        • Certification at the Silver level in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, or
        • Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, with demonstration to the satisfacion of the Building Code Commissioner that a good faith effort was made to obtain Silver level certification and that the project emphasizes energy conservation, or
        • Any alternative demonstrated to be equivalent to the satisfaction of the Building Code Commissioner.
      • Small commercial construction projects may be approved as sustainable if they meet the mandatory requirements of the Iowa Green Streets Criteria. Day care centers, vocational rehabilitation centers, community centers, and senior centers automatically qualify for the use of the Iowa Green Streets Criteria. If their use is desired for any other commercial project, advance approval must be obtained from the Building Code Commissioner.

 

 

 
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