NEW GEORGIA ENERGY CODE THAT TOOK EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 2011

New Georgia Energy Codes that took effect January 2011

On November 3, 2010 the Department of Community Affairs Board voted to approve a new edition of the Georgia Energy Code. The 2009 International

Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with 2011 Georgia Supplements and Amendments will replace the 2006 IECC on January 1, 2011 as the Georgia State Minimum Standard Energy Code. ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 as referenced in the 2009 IECC will also take effect on January 1, 2011. This very significant vote marked the conclusion of more than 18 months of work by DCA staff and the 2009 IECC Task Force.

All new construction and renovations permitted after January 1, 2011 will have to comply with the new code. Furthermore, the State will have to document a minimum 90% compliance rate with the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007 by 2017 as stipulated in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In an effort to assist industry stakeholders in complying with the new code, DCA and the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority will be partnering to provide both commercial and residential energy code trainings across the state. Look for the first trainings to be offered in January.