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Announcing the Code Innovations Database

The Code Innovations Database is a free public resource we hope will inspire and educate the building industry to adopt more green practices. It will eventually hold hundreds of in-depth case studies rich in supporting information, each one documenting a successful “road-map” to approval for a specific innovation. The growing trove of information will reveal a tapestry of unique approaches and emerging trends, and encourage replication of successful innovations and development of new green codes.

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, and its partners Thurston County and the City of Olympia, Washington are pleased to announce the launch of a new web-based resource, designed with a simple goal in mind:  "Making it Easier to Build Green!” www.CodeInnovations.org

The Code Innovations Database is a clearinghouse of examples of successfully permitted green building, high performance and other innovative design strategies, materials and technology.  It provides a way for local building officials, the building industry and the interested public to share information about what works and what doesn’t, what’s new in “green” code-setting, and how to navigate the permitting process when innovative methods don’t fit neatly into an existing “prescriptive path” to approval.  Read, Download and Distribute our Earth Day Press Release.

The steady advance of designs and technology to reduce the environmental cost of construction and renovation has helped fueled a budding recovery in the building industry.  In turn, the building codes are evolving to accommodate changes, in part driven by this innovation.  Building codes may take a while to respond to innovations, but in the meantime codes need not be a barrier to green alternatives – the key is having the right information at the right time.

The Code Innovations Database aims to provide this unique and timely information as a free public resource which we hope will inspire and educate the building industry to adopt more green practices.  It will eventually hold hundreds of in-depth case studies rich in this supporting information, each CIDBPermitCtrDisplay_sm.jpgone documenting a successful “road-map” to approval for a specific innovation.  Over time, the growing trove of information will reveal a tapestry of unique approaches and emerging trends, and directly support replication of successful innovations and development of new green codes.

To that end, the Guild is building a regional partnership and a national audience for the database, with a call out to leading Northwest Innovators and Jurisdictions to help make the project a success. We’re offering a free display to interested Cities and Counties who want to encourage more sustainable, energy-efficient building practices; and we're looking for submissions of innovative projects that successfully pushed the envelope. Please visit our website, Subscribe to our Blog and submit your case study ideas at www.CodeInnovations.org.

I am also available for presentations and appointments with code officials and code users who may want to get involved.  Email education@ecobuilding.org

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