LEED for Homes 2012: Overview of Changes

The first public comment period is open for LEED for Homes changes that will go into effect in 2012.  The comment period closes at the end of this year - Jan 14, 2011.  You can download the full version at but as a LEED for Homes Provider, has distilled some of the highlights for you.  This information comes from the LEED for Homes Specialty Update given Nov. 19 at Greenbuild 2010.

Implementation Timetable: (all dates approximate)
First Public Comment:  NOW  through Jan 14., 2011 download and comment
Second Public Comment:  July 1  - Aug 15, 2011 (tentative schedule)
Revisions released for balloting: August 2012
Implementation: Nov 2012

Note: In addition to the public comment periods, ongoing feedback can be given online via the Stakeholder forum at

Let's go through the major changes section by Read more

Download the Energy Code for Free

The folks at ICC have made the download of the IECC 2009 Energy Code available at no cost - yes that's right - you can download it for free at

The national model energy code of choice for states, cities and counties that adopt codes, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is referenced in federal law determined by Congress through the Energy Policy Act of 1992. It is the only energy code that serves as the basis for federal tax credits for energy-efficient homes, energy efficiency standards for federal residential buildings and manufactured housing, and state residential energy code determinations. The 2009 IECC is the target building energy code that all 50 Governors agreed to achieve compliance with under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

We've talked before how IECC 2009 compares with LEED for Homes, and this reference material being made available for free is a great tool for residential design and construction teams.



Introdction to the International Green Construction Code & How to Use it Now – Webinar Series Free

While energy codes are improving across the US  and even the states with no codes show that 52% oIGCC LOgof their municipalities enacted them. In this presentation you will learn that there are green codes that go beyond energy into health, materials, water and site and community impact that are also on there way. This webinar will help you keep up to date on how you can be ready for codes that go beyond energy by describing Scope, Intent and Application of IgCC. Time will be spent explaining the IgCC overlays with the other ICC codes, Differences between IgCC and other green programs such as LEED, Green Globes and others and Status of current adoption (IgCC’12) in USA and pending release of IgCC’15.

Target Audience:  Residential & Commericial: Designers, Builders, Facility Manager/ Property Owners or policy code makers in local municipalities and state goverments 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand basic concepts green building in code implementation across energy, water, materials, health and community impact.
  • Know where to get information to design to IGCC and IECC Standards.
  • Learn how IGCC works with existing greenbuilding and GreenHome programs and what jurasdictions these are adopted in.
  • Understand how Health, Safety and Welfare are key principals of Green Codes

Continuing Education - 1 hour 

  • GBCI
  • NARI Green
  • Local & State Contractor / Architect or Design (Check with your state) - MI approved

Presenter: Ramesh Gulatee Illinois based architect with practice and advocacy focus on universal accessibility and environmental sustainability. Committee member and current vice chair of the Sustainability Committee of the International Code Council. The Sustainability Council oversees the development of Energy (IECC) and Green Construction codes (IgCC). Task group member of the team involved in the development of National Green Building Standards’2015 for the housing industry in USA. Ramesh all severs on the BOD.

  1. Watch the recording 
  2. Access Handouts
  3. Take the quiz below for CEUs
  4. Pay member or non member fees to get certificate.