Green Construction Code: Setting the Minimum Standards for Indoor Environmental Quality

Delve into the pressing issue of indoor environmental quality through the lens of DC's Green Construction Code, architects, and commissioning agents.


Washington, DC and other locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond have decided that proper indoor environmental quality is a right for building occupants. The DC Green Construction Code requires healthy, efficient building design and requires commissioning to ensure that these key design elements are installed and operating properly prior to turnover. The presentation covers what it means to take commissioning beyond the code requirements. Commissioning can act as the glue between the entire design and construction team, not just the mechanical engineer and trade contractors. Discuss what commissioning means for projects, the architect's role in the process, and how to successfully implement the Green Construction Code.

In partnership with AIA DC.

Learning objectives

  • Highlight key requirements of the DC Green Construction Code and how they help protect the health of the occupants and the environment
  • Identify common issues observed in the field during commissioning and will discuss the techniques that have been put in place to ensure that commissioning is properly addressed
  • Explain when the Green Construction Code is required in Washington, DC
  • Assess how highlighted code requirements are translated into the design and construction of a project, and understand the roll of the commissioning process from the start to the end
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  • Kristian Hoffland

    Green Building Plan Reviewer | Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

    Mr. Hoffland is a member of the District of Columbia DCRA "Green Team," where he is a green &...
  • Kelly Westby

    PE, CCP

    Commissioning Director | Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

    Kelly Westby is the Commissioning Director at SWA. She has a wide range of experience in building...