MEP Trends | Codes & Certification Programs

1 AIA Learning Unit (GHT-ME-031716)

Reducing the energy used by building systems has moved from a decision based on economics or ideology to a code requirement. From local regulations such as the DC Green Code to the most recently adopted versions of the International Building Code (IBC) and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), new standards are requiring more projects than ever to incorporate sustainable design strategies that conserve energy.

This presentation – developed and delivered by senior engineers at GHT – will provide a high level overview of a variety of codes and some of the key ways they may impact future projects. Other topics covered will include potential project impacts from the transition to LEED v4, WELL Building Standard, and the future potential for net zero buildings.

  • Learning Objective 1: Become familiar with the Green Construction Codes adopted by DC metro area jurisdictions and some of the compliance path options available
  • Learning Objective 2: Understand how updates to the IBC, IECC, IMC and NEC affect design requirements, and what is currently known about local enforcement
  • Learning Objective 3: Explain the significant differences between LEED v3 and LEED v4, specifically for NC, CI and CS, and some of the expected impacts on design and construction requirements
  • Learning Objective 4: Identify the purpose of the WELL standard and how the process for certification differs from other existing building certification programs