A major driver for the State of Georgia is to responsibly execute the projects supporting the allotment of ARRA funds to the state.
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Georgia Governor’s Energy Challenge 2020
In April 2008, Governor Sonny Perdue signed an executive order requiring 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. 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.
All Georgians are encouraged to accept the program’s 15 percent goal by visiting www.GovernorsEnergyChallenge.org. Interactive energy modeling tools at the website are available for businesses to reduce energy use with proven no-cost, low-cost, and longer-term energy-saving options.
Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Act of 2008 (EESCA)
Georgia passed this law which creates a set of energy efficiency and construction standards. These new standards apply to any state facility project that enters into a design agreement on or after July 1, 2010 that meets any one of the following criteria:
- New construction building projects exceeding 10,000 square feet;
- A renovation project that is more than 50 percent of the replacement value of the facility;
- A change in occupancy;
- Any roof replacement project exceeding 10,000 square feet; or
- A commercial interior tenant fit-out project exceeding 10,000 square feet of leasable area where the state is intended to be the lessor of such property.
The Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Standards for State Buildings in accordance with the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Act of 2008 provide a resource for state agencies, design professionals, contractors, and building operators. The Standards were developed by the 2008 Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Task Force. The Task Force was authorized under Senate Bill 130 to develop policies, procedures and guidelines to provide more stringent energy efficiency requirements for future buildings that will be constructed by the State.
All state-funded buildings must use the state-mandated code from – January 1, 2011 and built on ASHRAE 90.1-2007 with Georgia state amendments
Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System
Beyond the requirements of the EESCA, building owners can also apply for the Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System, indicating higher and higher levels of commitment to environmental stewardship.
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