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Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia
Policy Description:

The Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance (No. 15-O-1101) was unanimously passed by the Atlanta City Council on April 21, 2015. Authored by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the ordinance aims to reduce the city’s energy footprint while creating jobs. The City projects that the ordinance will drive a 20 percent reduction in commercial energy consumption by the year 2030, spur the creation of more than 1,000 jobs a year in the first few years, and reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent from 2013 levels by 2030.

Atlanta’s Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance addresses energy use in private and City-owned buildings over 25,000 square feet in size - 2,350 buildings that, as a whole, currently represent 80 percent of the city’s commercial sector. Participating buildings will be phased in, beginning with municipal buildings in 2015 and expanding to include private buildings in 2016.

Under the legislation, building owners of the designated buildings are required to benchmark and report to the City their properties’ energy use annually. Utilizing the data collected, building owners will complete an energy audit once every 10 years. An energy audit is a detailed assessment of how a building could improve its performance through upgrading its equipment and systems. In addition, building performance data collected under the benchmarking initiative will be made transparent to the public to allow the market to recognize, reward, and drive increased demand for high-performing buildings. 

Enacted Date:
2015
Authority in Charge:
Atlanta Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Tool Name:
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Building Types Affected Size Compliance Deadline
Public/Government Greater Than or Equal To 10,000 Sq. Feet 2015-04-30
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 50,000 Sq. Feet 2015-08-01
Multi-Family, Non-Residential Greater Than or Equal To 25,000 Sq. Feet 2017-06-01
Number of Buildings Affected:
2,900
Floor Area Affected:
402,000,000 Sq. Feet
Transparency:
Required Transparency:
Yes
Transparency Method:
Public Website
Recipients:
Public Website
Transparency Trigger:
Date Certain
Frequency:
Annually
Notes:
Benchmarking information is not made publicly available for buildings with Energy Star scores below 55.
Reporting:
Required Reporting:
Yes
Reporting Trigger:
Date Certain
Reporting Frequency:
Annually

Utility Requirements/Support:

Utility Requirements/Support:
No

Verification:

Verification:
No

Compliance:

Compliance Enforcement:
Yes
Penalties for Non-Compliance:
Yes
Description:
Written notice of first violation; Fine of $1,000 if 30 days late, an additional $1,000 every year thereafter
Additional Program Information:
Audits:
Yes
ASHRAE Level 2 audits for all covered buildings Cycle: Every 10 years Performance Exemptions: Energy Star Certification; EUI 25% better than similar building average; Improvement by 15%; LEED EBOM Certification
Water Use Tracking:
Yes