The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International Code Council (ICC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that forges a stronger relationship between the two organizations in order to further green building practices.

"This agreement with the International Code Council and USGBC opens the door to a better quality of life for us all," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair of the USGBC. "Human health and well-being is a cornerstone of green building practices and of ICC's work. Joining together in a formal agreement ensures that we will share ideas, education, and opportunities."

ICC's vision is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of people by creating better buildings and safer communities. This vision is congruent with USGBC's core purpose: to create an environmentally responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. The MOU recognizes the leadership roles of both of the organizations, while laying out areas of mutual interest, such as advocacy and education initiatives, in which USGBC and the Code Council can work cooperatively to advance their missions. The MOU also addresses exploring and implementing joint business opportunities.
"Signing this agreement with the U.S. Green Building Council reinforces the Code Council's commitment to the environment and assures that our members play an important role in matters related to green building," said ICC CEO Rick Weiland. "Green building is going to play an important role in our collective future — not just in the United States but around the world."
The initial activities pursuant to the MOU will focus on education for code officials. Both organizations will develop a green building education manual on the subject of building codes and sustainability.
Added Fedrizzi, "The foundation for USGBC's relationship with ICC was helped along by David Eisenberg, former USGBC Board member and chair of USGBC's Greening the Codes Committee. David is with the Development Center for Appropriate Technology and has been a long time advocate of a greening building code."  
ICC plays a key role in the area of safety for the built environment to create better buildings and safer communities. USGBC is transforming the built environment to high-performance green building practices. USGBC and ICC will work together to advance buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.