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AIA St. Louis Advocating for the Adoption of the IgCC
By Brooks Rainwater, Director, Public Policy
Communities across the country are seeking to develop forward-looking policies that encourage green buildings. In order to further these goals AIA St. Louis developed programming to educate the broader community on the value and importance of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). With the support of an AIA National Component Assistance Leadership Grant, AIA St. Louis held a successful forum that engaged the full metropolitan region and a broad spectrum of community stakeholders on the importance of IGCC adoption.
Collaboration is the cornerstone of successful advocacy efforts and AIA St. Louis worked together with a number of local groups, including the ICC, AIA St. Louis Code Committee, and the St. Louis Construction Committee, to garner support for the Code. David Collins, FAIA keynoted the event and presented compelling information for a broad swath of constituencies, beyond just the design and construction industry, on the value of IGCC adoption.
The forum created an opportunity for AIA St. Louis to engage with the region on the importance of the IGCC. With 143 participants in attendance from municipalities, school districts, private industry, public utility agencies, and professional engineers, this forum provided a fertile platform for further advocacy efforts throughout the region, which will lead to a more sustainable St. Louis.
As a result of this forum, the Missouri Association of Building Officials and Inspectors have said that they would also like to partner with the Chapter for an all-day program in order to learn more as they deliberate on the decision to recommend the IGCC.
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