The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) 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 Government Affairs Committee in 2013, sharing ASHRAE resources with governmental officials has been the primary focus, from energy code impacts to risk mitigation for COVID-19 and Legionella. Government Outreach Events are the main focus of GAC. Previously called "Day on the Hill" in reference to in-person visits at state capitol buildings, Government Outreach Events connect volunteers (now, virtually) with their representatives on the federal, state, and local level to discuss how ASHRAE can be a resource in topics related to the built environment, such as energy codes, refrigerant safety, energy efficiency in existing buildings, and indoor environmental quality.
ASHRAE Atlanta members who are interested in taking a greater role in GAC's work should contact GAC Chair Sam Harvey.
Visit ASHRAE's COVID-19 Resources page for the latest in technical guidance from the Epidemic Task Force.
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
For residential buildings, the code follows the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (2015 IECC) plus Georgia State Supplements and Amendments (2020). For commercial buildings, there are two options:
For all Georgia State Supplements and Amendments to codes effective 1/1/2020: https://www.dca.ga.gov/node/5689
Additional code resources:
Stay up-to-date on government affairs around the country on the federal and state level, through ASHRAE's bi-weekly Government Affairs Update (GAU) emails - subscribe here.
Atlanta City Council passed the Atlanta Smokefree Air Ordinance (19-O-1205) on July 1, 2019, banning indoor smoking in all bars and restaurants and the airport starting January 2, 2020 (with exceptions for cigar bars and hookah bars). The ordinance was promoted by Smoke-Free ATL, a coalition led by the American Cancer Society Action Network. ASHRAE first published a position document on Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) in 2010 to affirm that the only means of effectively eliminating health risks associated with indoor ETS exposure is to ban all smoking activity. ASHRAE Atlanta supported this ordinance with a letter from 2018-19 ASHRAE President Sheila Hayter, and testimony at city council meetings by ASHRAE members Elliott Horner, Henry Slack, and Meghan McNulty.
The Mayor’s Office of Resilience has several initiatives that address energy efficiency, carbon reduction, and sustainability.