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Presentation given to Construction Seminar at Georgia Tech on March 15, 2010 regarding the status and substance of the City of Atlanta\'s proposed sustainable building ordinance.

Presentation given to Construction Seminar at Georgia Tech on March 15, 2010 regarding the status and substance of the City of Atlanta\'s proposed sustainable building ordinance.


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  • Lynnette: Sustainable Atlanta has taken into serious consideration how we tell our story and how we present ourselves to the public. We have revised our business model to accurately reflect our growth and efforts - capturing in a concise manner the nature and relevance of our work. Our model now depicts the mission of SA, which is to drive change with respect to environmental sustainability. It also clearly outlines our core strategies in driving this change
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    • 1.
    • 2. City of AtlantaSustainable Building Ordinance
      Robert C. Newcomer, Esq/LEED AP
      The Lang Legal Group LLC
      rnewcomer@langlegal.com
      404.320.0990
      Shane M. Totten, AIA/LEED AP
      Off Grid Studio LLC
      shane@offgridstudio.com
    • 3. Sustainable Building Ordinance
      Sustainable Atlanta
      Intent
      Administrative provisions
      Compliance requirements
      Application
      Phase-in schedule
      Compliance review
      Compliance reviewers
      Variance
      Atlanta Sustainable Building Commission (“ASBC”)
      Technical provisions
      Mandatory standards
      Data collection
      Site improvements
      Water and Energy Efficiency
      Indoor Environmental Quality
      Impact on Atmosphere, Materials & Resources
      Construction & Operation Plans
      Post-Occupancy Guidelines
      Summary and Conclusions
    • 4. Sustainable Atlanta: Vision and Mission
      Vision for a Sustainable Atlanta
      Strategies
      Tactics & Methodologies
      A Higher Quality of Life:
      • Clean Air
      • 5. Zero Waste
      • 6. Water Efficient
      • 7. Healthy, Efficient Buildings
      • 8. Abundant Greenspace
      • 9. Green Business
      • 10. Green Jobs
      • 11. Clean Energy
      • 12. Social & Economic Equity
      • 13. Accessible Transit Options
      • 14. Walkability
      • 15. Enable City of Atlanta to lead by example
      • 16. Facilitate dialogue
      • 17. Focus on high-impact initiatives
      • 18. Engage experts and network of advisors
      • 19. Content-rich website
      • 20. Outreach to media and stakeholders
      Drive Change:
      Be a Catalyst
      Convene:
      Leaders & Experts
      SA Mission:
      Drive Change
      Tell the Story:
      Measure and Report
    • 21. Sustainability
      “To meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
      Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.”
    • 22. U.S. Building Impacts
      39%
      Greenhouse
      Gas Emissions (CO2)
      60%
      Total Waste
      (non-industrial)
      13%
      Water Use
      72%
      Electricity
      Consumption
      Test
    • 23. GLOBAL CO2 EMISSIONS (BY SECTOR)
      #1 Buildings
      #2 Transportation
      #3 Industry
    • 24. Sustainable Atlanta – Progress to Date
      • Division of Sustainability, City of Atlanta
      • 25. Atlanta’s 2009 Sustainability Report
      • 26. Taskforces:
      • 27. Sustainable Building
      • 28. Recycling and Materials Management
      • 29. Water
      • 30. Energy
    • First Lead Partners meeting - June 2008
      First public meeting – July 2008
      First draft – September 2008
      Public engagement and revisions
      ULI-sponsored charrettes - February/March 2009
      Atlanta City Council –
      Presented to City Council in September 2009
      Filed by City Council on December 7, 2009
      Sustainable Building Taskforce
    • 31. SBO - Intent
      To improve building performance in support of achieving the objectives of the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement and Architecture 2030.
      Proposed amendments to existing City of Atlanta Building Code
    • 32. SBO – Administrative
      Compliance Requirements
      ASBS (SBO Section 2)
      USGBC LEED
      BD+C 2009 or ID+C 2009
      SS6.2, SS7.1, SS7.2
      WE1, WE2, EA1 (2 points each)
      Green Globes
      B.2, C.1, D.1, D.2
      EarthCraft
      Site Planning, Durability, Water (indoors and outdoors) Energy Efficient Building Envelopes and Systems
    • 33. SBO – Administrative
      Application
      “Construction projects”
      “Additions & alterations” of existing buildings
      Does not apply to:
      Single-family or multi-family of 3 stories or less above grade
      New commercial buildings < 1500 sq ft (or $300,000)
      Remodel projects < 5,000 sq ft (or $250,000)
      Maintenance activities
      Historic buildings (limited exception)
    • 34. SBO – Administrative
      Phase-in schedule
      Initial 3-year phase-in period
      Extended period with chapter-based phase-in
      Performance (new) and chapter-based (existing) period
    • 35. SBO – Administrative
      Compliance review
      Compliance Policy
      Permitting compliance review
      ASBS – Compliance Reviewer Affidavit
      Compliance Options – Fees and worksheet
      BoB audits
      Final compliance certification (issuance of CO)
      ASBS - Commissioning/Acceptance Report (if applicable)
      Compliance Options – Certification application
      Temporary CO available upon payment of financial security
    • 36. SBO – Administrative
      Compliance Reviewer
      Training
      Test
      Professional qualifications:
      Registered Architect
      Professional Engineer
      USGBC LEED AP
      Must be employed by Registered Architect or Professional Engineer > 3 years or General Contractor > 5 years.
    • 37. SBO – Administrative
      Variance process
      Granted by Director, BoB
      If “special conditions” . . . “undue hardship”
      Administrative Variance Committee (“ASBOAVC”)
      Timing
      Appeals go to Superior Court within 30 days of final decision
      BoB reports variance applications quarterly to ASBC
    • 38. SBO – Administrative
      Atlanta Sustainable Building Commission
      Composed of 25 members
      Advisory role during implementation
      Review reports, research and minutes
      Propose amendments
      Advocate for additional incentives
    • 39. SBO - Technical Content
      M. Shane Totten
      AIA, LEED AP
    • 40.
      • Format
      • 41. Mandatory provisions
      • 42. Prescriptive provisions
      • 43. Performance provisions
      Page
      SBO - Technical
    • 44. Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Site Improvements
      • 45. Intent: avoid development of inappropriate sites and reduce the environmental impact of the location of a building on a site.
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Site Improvements
      • 46. Intent: avoid development of inappropriate sites and reduce the environmental impact of the location of a building on a site.
      • 47. Mandatory provisions
      • 48. Mitigation of Heat Island Effect
      • 49. Reduction of Light Pollution
      • 50. Greenfield Sites
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Water Use Efficiency
      • 51. Intent: maximize water efficiency within buildings to reduce the burden on municipal water and wastewater systems
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Water Use Efficiency
      • 52. Intent: maximize water efficiency within buildings to reduce the burden on municipal water and wastewater systems
      • 53. Prescriptive option
      • 54. Fixtures and fittings comply with ASME and WaterSense specifications
      • 55. Appliances comply with Energy Star requirements
      • 56. Cooling towers comply with discharge limits on total hardness
      • 57. HVAC equipment
      • 58. Commercial food service operations
      • 59. Medical and lab facilities
      • 60. Special Water Features
      • 61. Vehicle Washing
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Water Use Efficiency
      • 62. Intent: maximize water efficiency within buildings to reduce the burden on municipal water and wastewater systems
      • 63. Performance option
      • 64. Forty percent better performance than maximum allowable water use as set forth by the Georgia State Minimum Standard Plumbing Code
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Water Use Efficiency
      • 65. Intent: maximize water efficiency within buildings to reduce the burden on municipal water and wastewater systems
      • 66. Site Water Use Reduction
      • 67. Prescriptive Option: plantings, high efficiency irrigation
      • 68. Performance Option: no use of potable water
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Energy
      • 69. Intent: establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for proposed building and systems
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Energy
      • 70. Intent: establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for proposed building and systems
      • 71. Mandatory provisions: comply with certain sections of current standard of ASHRAE 90.1
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Energy
      • 72. Intent: establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for proposed building and systems
      • 73. Prescriptive provisions
      • 74. Comply with ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides
      • 75. Use assessment tools, such as COMcheck to document 30% savings over ASHRAE 90.1
      • 76. Small projects must meet minimum requirements of ASHRAE 90.1
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Energy
      • 77. Intent: establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for proposed building and systems
      • 78. Performance provisions
      • 79. Exceed current version of ASHRAE 90.1 by 14% for new projects and 10% for major renovations
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Indoor Environmental Quality
      • 80. Intent: enhance air quality in buildings to protect the comfort and well being of occupants
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Indoor Environmental Quality
      • 81. Intent: enhance air quality in buildings to protect the comfort and well being of occupants
      • 82. Provisions (combined mandatory, prescriptive and performance)
      • 83. Minimum indoor air quality (ASHRAE 62.1)
      • 84. Radon resistant construction
      • 85. Blower door testing
      • 86. Environmental tobacco smoke control
      • 87. Outdoor air delivery
      • 88. Thermal comfort
      • 89. Building entrance pollution control
      • 90. Acoustic control
      • 91. Daylighting
      • 92. Low-emitting materials
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • The Building’s Impact on the Atmosphere, Materials, and Resources
      • 93. Intent: encourage practices that reduce consumption, minimize waste, divert waste, and encourage use of materials extracted, harvested, and processed in Georgia
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • The Building’s Impact on the Atmosphere, Materials, and Resources
      • 94. Intent: encourage practices that reduce consumption, minimize waste, divert waste, and encourage use of materials extracted, harvested, and processed in Georgia
      • 95. Mandatory provisions
      • 96. Divert from landfills 50% of construction waste
      • 97. Responsible use of wood products
      • 98. Prohibit use of chlorofluorocarbon and hydrofluorocarbon based refrigerants
      • 99. Recycling centers to accommodate materials
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • The Building’s Impact on the Atmosphere, Materials, and Resources
      • 100. Intent: encourage practices that reduce consumption, minimize waste, divert waste, and encourage use of materials extracted, harvested, and processed in Georgia
      • 101. Prescriptive provisions
      • 102. Recycled content minimums (post-consumer and 1/2 pre-consumer)
      • 103. Regionally created materials minimums
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Construction and Operation Plans
      • 104. Intent: verify the building’s energy related systems are manifested in accordance with requirements and design
      • 105. Mandatory provisions
      • 106. Owner’s project requirements
      • 107. Develop basis of design
      • 108. Construction checklist and verification
      • 109. Commissioning and documentation
      • 110. HVAC, lighting and shading, irrigation, plumbing, water heating, and renewable energy systems
      • 111. Owner training and operation materials
      • 112. Building acceptance for smaller projects
      • 113. Service life plan for pre-engineered/pre-fabricated buildings
      • 114. Indoor air quality (IAQ) plan
      • 115. Construction: no idle, air quality, pollution control, moisture control
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Construction and Operation Plans
      • 116. Intent: verify the building’s energy related systems are manifested in accordance with requirements and design
      • 117. Mandatory provisions
      • 118. Owner’s project requirements
      • 119. Develop basis of design
      • 120. Construction checklist and verification
      • 121. Commissioning and documentation
      • 122. HVAC, lighting and shading, irrigation, plumbing, water heating, and renewable energy systems
      • 123. Owner training and operation materials
      • 124. Building acceptance for smaller projects
      • 125. Service life plan for pre-engineered/pre-fabricated buildings
      • 126. Indoor air quality (IAQ) plan
      • 127. Construction: no idle, air quality, pollution control, moisture control
    • Page
      SBO - Technical
      • Post-occupancy guidelines
      • 128. Intent: assist building tenants, owners and operators in maintaining the efficiency of the sustainable design
    • Summary and Conclusions
    • 129. More InformationVisit www.sustainableatlanta.org (email updates)
      Robert C. Newcomer, Esq/LEED AP
      The Lang Legal Group LLC
      rnewcomer@langlegal.com
      404.320.0990
      Shane M. Totten, AIA/LEED AP
      Off Grid Studio LLC
      shane@offgridstudio.com
    • 130.
    • 131. Sustainability
      “To meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
      Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.”
    • 132. U.S. Building Impacts
      39%
      Greenhouse
      Gas Emissions (CO2)
      60%
      Total Waste
      (non-industrial)
      13%
      Water Use
      72%
      Electricity
      Consumption
      Test
    • 133. GLOBAL CO2 EMISSIONS (BY SECTOR)
      #1 Buildings
      #2 Transportation
      #3 Industry