|Program Spotlight: Energy Code Compliance Initiative|
The Energy Code Compliance Initiative was created to provide training on the new state energy codes which took effect in January 2011 to City of Atlanta Bureau of Buildings inspectors and plan reviewers as well as to architects, building owners, contractors, homebuilders and other design and construction professionals. Additionally, the initiative will also provide an analysis of the benefits of compliance to the new energy codes as well as recommendations and tools to reduce barriers to compliance.
The program is funded through a DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant administered by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Sustainable Atlanta was tasked with managing the development of green building training curriculum and resources to help ensure understanding and compliance with the new energy codes.
To date, Sustainable Atlanta has successfully worked with Southface to develop and conduct a five-session energy code and green building training series. We have also convened both a steering committee and taskforce.The steering committee has developed a framework for the remaining program elements. The taskforce will build off of the framework to develop tools to aid compliance.
In the next few months, we look forward to finalizing the development of tools to aid in compliance as well as conducting several energy code compliance reviews. The outcomes from each will be incorporated into a white paper on the benefits of complying with the new energy code.
Many thanks to our steering committee and taskforce members which include representatives from the Atlanta Apartment Association, Atlanta Board of Realtors, ASHRAE, Council for Quality Growth, ICCS Georgia, Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, NAIOP-the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Selig Enterprises, USGBC and the City of Atlanta Bureau of Buildings.
Look for updates in the months ahead.