As sustainable and energy-efficient building continues to proliferate and attract greater interest, the International Code Council (ICC) is recognizing the importance of implementing these goals through its established codes, including the "International Energy Conservation Code" and the "International Plumbing Code." The ICC is currently forming a committee of industry experts to develop an "Inspector of Green Building Technologies" certification exam.

Code officials who pass the exam will demonstrate an ability to understand the application of green building technology as set out in the International Codes and assess adherence to green building programs. The certification also will measure the inspector's knowledge of the leading green building rating systems, including the NAHB's National Green Building Standard, the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system, and the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes program and standard.

"The certification the ICC is developing will address a lot of the different programs and standards out there to give the individual the knowledge and understanding of a variety of programs so they will be able to say that a building meets green standards and is also a safe building," says ICC spokesperson Jennifer Gibson.

The ICC estimates the new certification exam for inspectors will be available in 2009.