ICC Moves to Only LEED Building in Washington D.C.

The International Code Council (ICC) will move its world headquarters to the heart of Washington, D.C., and into the only Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building in the nation's Capitol. The move will take place this weekend, and the office is scheduled to be fully-operational Monday, December 18.

"Our new world headquarters will be just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol building," said ICC chief executive officer Rick Weiland. "Having our offices in the first LEED-certified green building in D.C. shows our corporate commitment to respect the environment. Green technology is going to play an important role in our collective future-not just in the United States but around the world."

The move will elevate ICC's profile, according to Weiland. It also will enhance relationships with the federal government, and national and international organizations that have a presence in D.C., including the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the building's owner.

"Last year the board directed staff to find appropriate office space for our new headquarters," said ICC board president Wally Bailey, who is director of development and construction for Fort Smith, Ark. "It was a big plus that the best space available turned out to be a green building. This move fits in perfectly with our mission of safeguarding the public and demonstrates our commitment to good corporate citizenship."

The NAR building is one of Washington's greenest office buildings, having achieved a silver rating using the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building rating system. Among its green features are energy efficiency, rainwater collection, high-efficiency HVAC and lighting systems, water-efficient fixtures and waterless urinals, excellent day-lighting and views and use of recycled content materials.

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