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City of AtlantaSustainable Building Ordinance<br />Robert C. Newcomer, Esq/LEED AP<br />The Lang Legal Group LLC <br />rne...
Sustainable Building Ordinance<br />Sustainable Atlanta <br />Intent <br />Administrative provisions<br />Compliance requi...
Sustainable Atlanta: Vision and Mission<br />Vision for a Sustainable Atlanta<br />Strategies<br />Tactics & Methodologies...
Zero Waste
Water Efficient
Healthy, Efficient Buildings
Abundant Greenspace
Green Business
Green Jobs
Clean Energy
Social & Economic Equity
Accessible Transit Options
Walkability
Enable City of Atlanta to lead by example
Facilitate dialogue
Focus on high-impact initiatives
Engage experts and network of advisors
Content-rich website
Outreach to media and stakeholders</li></ul>Drive Change:<br />Be a Catalyst<br />Convene:<br />Leaders & Experts<br />SA ...
Sustainability<br />“To meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their...
U.S. Building Impacts<br />39%<br />Greenhouse<br />Gas Emissions (CO2)<br />60%<br />Total Waste<br />(non-industrial)<br...
GLOBAL CO2 EMISSIONS (BY SECTOR)<br />#1    Buildings<br />#2    Transportation<br />#3    Industry<br />
Sustainable Atlanta – Progress to Date<br /><ul><li>Division of Sustainability, City of Atlanta
 Atlanta’s 2009 Sustainability Report
 Taskforces:
Sustainable Building
 Recycling and Materials Management
Water
 Energy</li></li></ul><li>First Lead Partners meeting - June 2008<br />First public meeting – July 2008 <br />First draft ...
SBO - Intent<br />To improve building performance in support of achieving the objectives of the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Prote...
SBO – Administrative<br />Compliance Requirements<br />ASBS (SBO Section 2) <br />USGBC LEED<br />BD+C 2009 or ID+C 2009<b...
SBO – Administrative<br />Application<br />“Construction projects”<br />“Additions & alterations” of existing buildings <b...
SBO – Administrative<br />Phase-in schedule<br />Initial 3-year phase-in period<br />Extended period with chapter-based ph...
SBO – Administrative<br />Compliance review<br />Compliance Policy<br />Permitting compliance review<br />ASBS – Complianc...
SBO – Administrative<br />Compliance Reviewer<br />Training <br />Test <br />Professional qualifications: <br />Registered...
SBO – Administrative<br />Variance process<br />Granted by Director, BoB<br />If “special conditions” . . . “undue hardshi...
SBO – Administrative<br />Atlanta Sustainable Building Commission<br />Composed of 25 members <br />Advisory role during i...
SBO - Technical Content<br />M. Shane Totten<br />AIA, LEED AP<br />
<ul><li>Format
Mandatory provisions
Prescriptive provisions
Performance provisions</li></ul>Page <br />SBO - Technical<br />
Page <br />SBO - Technical<br /><ul><li>Site Improvements
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Atlanta Sustainable Building Ordinance

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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.

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

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