In this series, we’re exploring state and local building efficiency regulations to give you a bird’s-eye view of the policies that may impact your portfolio.
“Hotlanta”– a term not only favored by enthusiastic tourists but also to describe the increasingly oppressive summer months in the Peach State’s capital city. According to the Climate Reality Project, the average temperature in Atlanta rose nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.11 degrees Celsius) between 1980 and 2015, causing the already warm and humid city to occasionally experience extreme drought. 1
Perhaps, as a result, Atlanta was the first city in the south to pledge to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2035. Currently, it is targeting an overall emissions reduction of 40 percent below 2009 levels by 2030.2 Since 45% of total GHG emissions come from the energy consumed by commercial buildings and industrial processes, Atlanta naturally focuses on building efficiency as a key part of its climate mitigation strategy.3 Through its Climate Action Plan, the city requires routine energy benchmarking and audits to encourage building owners to track and reduce energy consumption from their buildings. Both the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia also apply mandatory building efficiency requirements to municipally-owned buildings.
Additionally, Atlanta offers a variety of voluntary programs and incentives, including tax credits, rebates, and PACE financing. The Atlanta Better Building Challenge garners broad participation; the city currently leads the nation in the amount of square footage committed to the program, with over 111 million square feet across 590 buildings participating.4 For more information on voluntary incentive programs across the state, please see the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.
We’ve compiled the key building energy requirements, policies, and plans for Atlanta. Keep reading for the full list of key mandatory energy requirements.