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CHAPTER 1
SCOPE AND ADMINISTRATION


  • PART 1—SCOPE AND APPLICATION

    SECTION 101
    GENERAL

    [A] 101.1 Title.
    These regulations shall be known as the Green Construction Code of [NAME OF JURISDICTION] hereinafter referred to as “this code.”

    101.2 General.
    This code is an overlay document to be used in conjunction with the other codes and standards adopted by the jurisdiction. This code is not intended to be used as a standalone construction regulation document and permits are not to be issued under this code. This code is not intended to abridge or supersede safety, health or environmental requirements under other applicable codes or ordinances.

    101.3 Scope.
    The provisions of this code shall apply to the design, construction, addition, alteration, change of occupancy, relocation, replacement, repair, equipment, building site, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures and to the site on which the building is located. Occupancy classifications shall be determined in accordance with the International Building Code® (IBC®).

    Exceptions:

    1. The code shall not apply to items 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 except where the jurisdiction adopts the jurisdictional requirements of Section 302.1, Item 1, for residential buildings.

    1.1. Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories in height above grade plane with a separate means of egress, their accessory structures, and the site or lot upon which these buildings are located.

    1.2. Group R-3 residential buildings, their accessory structures, and the site or lot upon which these buildings are located.

    1.3. Group R-2 and R-4 residential buildings four stories or less in height above grade plane, their accessory structures, and the site or lot upon which these buildings are located.

    2. The code shall not apply to equipment or systems that are used primarily for industrial or manufacturing.

    3. The code shall not apply to temporary structures approved under Section 3103 of the International Building Code.

    4. Where ASHRAE 189.1 is selected in accordance with Section 301.1.1, ASHRAE 189.1 shall not apply to buildings identified in Exceptions 1 through 3.

    101.3.1 Residential construction.
    In lieu of the requirements of this code the following shall be deemed-to-comply with this code:

    1. Group R-2 and R-4 residential buildings five stories or more in height above grade plane, their accessory structures, and the site or lot upon which these buildings are located that comply with ICC 700, with a minimum energy efficiency category requirements of the Silver performance level or equivalent.

    2. Group R-2 and R-4 portions of mixed use buildings that comply with ICC 700, with a minimum energy efficiency category requirements of the Silver performance level or equivalent. The remainder of the building and the site upon which the building is located shall comply with the provisions of this code.

    101.4 Appendices.
    Provisions in the appendices shall not apply unless specifically adopted.

    101.5 Intent.
    This code is intended to safeguard the environment, public health, safety and general welfare through the establishment of requirements to reduce the negative impacts and increase the positive impacts of the built environment on the natural environment and building occupants. This code is not intended to abridge or supersede safety, health or environmental requirements under other applicable codes or ordinances.

    SECTION 102
    APPLICABILITY

    102.1 Code conflicts.
    Where there is a conflict between a general requirement and a specific requirement of this code, the specific requirement shall be applicable. Where, in any specific case, different sections of the code specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most practical requirement to meet the intent of the code shall govern.

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