Environmental Projects


Welcome to the ICC-ES Environmental Programs

Who We Are
For decades, ICC-ES has been the United States® leader in evaluating building products for code compliance. ICC-ES technical evaluations of building products — ICC-ES Evaluation Reports (ESRs) — are the industry gold standard for providing evidence that products and systems meet code requirements. With its remarkable history, ICC-ES is uniquely positioned to respond to the increased demand for the evaluation of "green" building products, with a program that benefits manufacturers, code officials and the design community.

A nonprofit, limited liability corporation, ICC-ES is the United States' leading evaluation service for innovative construction materials and systems. ICC-ES developed the Environmental Programs in conjunction with International Code Council (ICC) activities that are aimed at developing and fostering sustainable design and construction.

What We Do
The ICC-ES Environmental Programs (formerly known as SAVE®) provide manufacturers with independent and comprehensive evaluation and/or certification that their products meet specific sustainability targets. We offer the following services under the ICC-ES VAR Environmental Report and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Programs:

About ICC-ES VAR Environmental Reports
ICC-ES evaluates products to green building codes such as:
International Green Construction Code (IgCC)
California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)
ASHRAE 189.1

ICC-ES evaluates products to green building rating systems and standards such as:
U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Green Building Initiative's GBI-01 Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings Standard
National Association of Home Builder's National Green Building Standard (ICC 700).
Evaluation of assemblies for compliance with the provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

The ICC-ES VAR Environmental Program creates reports that are used by code officials, government agencies, architects, engineers, specifiers and many others as an independent, third-party assessment of a product or assembly.

An ICC-ES VAR Environmental Program evaluation includes product testing at recognized laboratories (when applicable), inspection of the manufacturer's production process, and evaluation of data justifying specific, identifiable attributes. The end result is an ICC-ES VAR Environmental Report, which is available, free of charge, on the Environmental Programs website.

About the ICC-ES EPD Program

ICC-ES is a Program Operator that conducts a Type III environmental declaration program that certifies a manufacturer's EPD as conforming to the requirements of the ISO 14025 Environmental Declaration standard. ICC-ES also offers supporting services related to EPDs such as the development of Product Category Rules. For our listing of EPDs and Product Category Rules (PCRs)
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