Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee

Chair: Meghan McNulty

 

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. 

ASHRAE Atlanta members who are interested in taking a greater role in GGAC's work should fill out our advocacy survey, or contact GGAC Chair Meghan McNulty


Key Local Issues for Summer 2018

  • Updates to Georgia's Energy Code
The State Codes Advisory Committee (SCAC) approved the 2015 IECC with Georgia State Supplements and Amendments to be effective January 1, 2020. Approval came during a February 2018 meeting, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Board will provide the final approval in 2019. To see the current version of the document, revised 03/08/2018, visit the DCA website: https://dca.ga.gov/node/4903

The Georgia State Supplements and Amendments were the work of the 2015 IECC Task Force, on which ASHRAE Atlanta member (and former GGAC Chair) John Pruitt served. The final recommendations include references to ASHRAE 90.1-2013 equipment efficiency standards. 
  • City of Atlanta Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance - 2018 Deadlines

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.

  •          Benchmarking: Calendar Year 2016 and 2017 energy and water usage data to be submitted by June 25, 2018 through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
  •          Audits: Buildings with Atlanta Building IDs (ABIDs) ending in 7 or 8 to submit ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audit findings by December 31, 2018. Additional details on the submittal method will be released later this summer.
Visit https://atlantabuildingefficiency.com/ or email buildingefficiency@atlantaga.gov for more information.
  • Georgia Primary Runoff Election: July 24

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:

  • ·         2009 IECC plus Georgia State Supplements and Amendments (2011, 2012), OR
  • ·         ASHRAE 90.1-2007
  • o   The 90.1 option is referenced in 2009 IECC Chapter 5, Section 501
  • o   The 2007 version of 90.1 is specified in 2009 IECC Chapter 6: Referenced Standards

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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