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Consumers, developers, and policymakers are increasingly cognizant of the benefits of green buildings, which are broadly defined as buildings that have reduced energy and environmental footprints during their construction and occupancy phases. IEc is a leader in the analysis of green building regulations, codes, and voluntary standards.

We are frequently called upon to help local, state, and international decision makers navigate the environmental, social, and economic trade-offs inherent in the emerging transformation of the built environment. IEc provides support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Sustainable Communities, which coordinates the Agency's green building-related activities.

Recent projects include:

  • Analysis of the environmental benefits and financial feasibility of green building practices, including sustainable siting and smart growth, energy use, water use and stormwater management, materials selection, waste management, and indoor air quality practices;
  • Technical assistance applying EPA's recommended green building practices to on-the-ground construction projects;
  • Comparative analyses of green building standards, including LEED (NC, EBOM, Homes, and ND), ASHRAE 189, CHPS, and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC);
  • Research on local green building programs, including approaches to performance measurement among local programs;
  • Assessment of technical assistance programs designed to address policy and financial barriers to increasing energy efficiency in existing buildings;
  • Development of EPA's Green Homes website; and
  • Leadership of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force.
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Final Report of the Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force
>   EPA's Green Homes website