Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Standards for Public Buildings (Georgia)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Georgia

Name Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Standards for Public Buildings
Incentive Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Applicable Sector State Government
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

EquipmentProducts At least 10% of building materials must originate from Georgia
At least 10% of building materials must originate from Georgia

Goal 30% above ASHRAE 90.1.2004 standards

Energy Star designation for the building

Requirement 15% reduction in energy use by 2020; using 2007 as baseline year

Date added to DSIRE 2008-05-29
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-11

References DSIRE[1]


Senate Bill 130 of 2008 established energy efficiency goals for new state building projects. All major facility projects over 10,000 square feet should strive to exceed the efficiency standards of ASHRAE 90.1.2004 by 30% where it is determined that such 30% efficiency is cost effective based on a life-cycle cost analysis with a payback of 10 years or less. Additionally, major facility projects must include Georgia products such that not less than 10% of all building materials used in a project are harvested, extracted or manufactured in Georgia, where such products are commercially available.

In April 2008, the Governor separately created a policy to increase the energy efficiency of state government. Executive Order requires state government agencies and departments to reduce energy use. This executive order created the Governor's Energy Challenge 2020 as part of "Conserve Georgia." State agencies and departments must reduce energy consumption 15% by 2020, using 2007 energy use as a baseline. Reductions in energy use must come from energy efficiency measures and can also come from renewable energy development.

Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is being used by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) to fund state agency retrofit projects. These projects will help state government entities meet the goal set by the Governor's Energy Challenge. GEFA is in charge of implementing this program. The challenge is mandatory for state entities, but local governments, schools, businesses, and individuals are also encouraged to participate. An interactive tool is available on the Challenge website that helps building owners find energy efficiency options.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - GEFA
Department Georgia Environmental Finance Authority

Address 233 Peachtree Street, NE
Address 2 Suite 900
Place Atlanta, Georgia
Zip/Postal Code 30303
Phone (404) 656-0938


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: O.C.G.A. § 50-8-18
Date Effective 2010-07-01
Date Enacted 2008-05-06

Authority 2: Executive Order

Date Enacted 2008-04-24

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"