The Grassroots Governmental Activities Committee (GGAC) is actively involved in providing current and relevant information to chapter members regarding local and state governmental activities where the design industry, energy initiatives, and building codes may be impacted. The Committee promotes ASHRAE standards to governing officials by being actively involved in keeping local, provincial and state governments updated on technical issues.
Since the establishment of the Grassroots Governmental Activities Committee in 2013, educating governmental officials has been the primary focus. This has been especially true when considering the positive or detrimental affects potential alterations to building codes and/or energy codes may have in the design industry and energy sector. During the legislative session, we will schedule a Day on the Hill event, where volunteers meet with their state representatives to discuss how ASHRAE can be a resource for them, and to let them know their constituents are experts in topics related to the built environment, such as energy codes, refrigerant safety, energy efficiency in existing buildings, and indoor environmental quality.
Key Local Issues for Summer 2018
The City of Atlanta has released the deadlines for 2018 compliance with the Commercial Buildings Efficiency Ordinance (15-O-1101), which applies to all buildings within city limits over 25,000 SF.
The Georgia Primary Runoff Election will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Winners of the primaries will face off in the general election on November 6, 2018. The last day to register to vote in the general election is October 9, 2018. Visit the Georgia My Voter Page for a sample ballot, your polling location, and voting hours (including early voting details): https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
Current Georgia Energy Code Resources
Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs maintains the list of all current mandatory and permissive state construction codes, as well as copies of the state-specific amendments for each code here: https://dca.ga.gov/local-government-assistance/construction-codes-industrialized-buildings/construction-codes
The US Department of Energy maintains an extensive database of building energy codes for all states: https://www.energycodes.gov/adoption/states/georgia
Georgia’s current energy code has been in effect since January 1, 2011. For residential buildings, the code follows the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (2009 IECC) plus Georgia State Supplements and Amendments (2011). For commercial buildings, there are two options:
The International Code Council provides free online access to the codes, including 2009 IECC here: https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/collections/i-codes?state=I-Codes&year=2009
For all Georgia State Supplements and Amendments to IECC 2009: https://dca.ga.gov/node/3546
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