Aspen official helps write new green code
July 24, 2009
ASPEN – City of Aspen Chief Building Official Stephen Kanipe has been chosen by the International Code Council to help create the first ever International Green Construction Code.
“The IGCC initiative is committed to develop a model code focused on building design and performance for new and existing commercial buildings,” Kanipe said in a press release. “Buildings consume approximately 40 percent of energy used and produce about the same amount of the nation’s carbon emissions, so this is a very important step towards improving efficiency and sustainability.”
Kanipe was chosen along with about 30 other experts from around the country to craft the new code. He will spend about four days each month for the next six months working on the document, and his related expenses will be covered by the International Code Council.
The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety, fire prevention and energy efficiency, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings. Most U.S. cities, counties and states use the building safety codes developed by the International Code Council.
The city of Aspen recently adopted the council’s 2009 International Energy Code, a document on which Kanipe also provided expertise.