Georgia Energy Code & Support Documents

In partnership with Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Southface Institute is conducting energy code trainings across the state to educate code officials, builders, design professionals and relevant subcontractors on all changes and updates prior to new code implementation in 2020. This page includes descriptions for all training sessions across the state, along with links to relevant supplementary documents such as standards, codes and amendments.

The following videos were created by Southface to help explain the finer points of the updated Georgia Energy Code. Duct and Envelope Tightness Overview and Georgia Energy Code Residential Walk-through Inspections take a practical view on these topics and provide hands-on advice and solutions to builder's seeking to achieve energy code compliance.

Residential Code

2019 Full-Day Residential Energy Code Training

Session Description: The full-day session begins with an overview of how principles of building science inform energy codes. General topics include heat flow, air flow, moisture control, ventilation and other fundamentals. Participants will then learn detailed prescriptive standards for various climate zones within Georgia, including standards for insulation requirements throughout the building thermal envelope. Participants will also learn about the Simulated Performance, Energy Rating Index (ERI) and UA Alternative as alternative compliance pathways.

Learning Objectives: After successful completion of this training, participants will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how basic building science informs building energy codes
  2. Identify basic prescriptive and mandatory requirements in the residential 2015 IECC for Georgia climate zones
  3. Understand alternate envelope compliance pathways
  4. Understand Georgia State Supplements and Amendments to the 2015 IECC
  5. Identify best practices for air sealing and insulation and insulation installation and inspection
  6. Learn how to read and complete the Energy Code Certificate

2019 Half-Day Residential Energy Code Training

Session Description: Participants will learn detailed prescriptive standards for various climate zones within Georgia, including standards for insulation requirements throughout the building thermal envelope. Participants will also learn about the Simulated Performance, Energy Rating Index (ERI) and UA Alternative as alternative compliance pathways.

Learning Objectives: After successful completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify major changes and updates to the residential Georgia Energy Code, including key prescriptive and mandatory requirements
  2. Identify Georgia State Supplements and Amendments to the 2015 IECC
  3. Explain how to find additional support, resources and training for implementation of the 2020 Georgia Energy Code

 

Commerical Code

 2019 Georgia Commercial Energy Code - Full Day

Session Description: The full-day session includes a comprehensive overview of building science principles as they relate to commercial building performance and energy codes. Participants will learn about possible compliance options (including ASHRAE 90.1, prescriptive or performance paths). Participants will also learn basic requirements for building envelopes and mechanical systems, as well as new requirements for Existing Buildings (2015 IECC, Chapter 5).

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how basic building science informs building energy codes
  2. Identify general code requirements for commercial energy efficiency as pertaining to the building envelope, mechanical systems, power and lighting systems
  3. Compare and contrast different efficiency options and compliance paths and the use of COMCheck
  4. Identify design and construction strategies for ensuring building projects to comply with the GA Energy Code (ASHRAE 90.1-2007 + Chapter 5 of IECC 2009)
  5. Identify general requirements in the new 2015 IECC Chapter 5 (Existing Buildings)

 

2019 Georgia Commercial Energy Code - Half Day

Session Description: Participants will learn about possible compliance options (including ASHRAE 90.1, prescriptive or performance paths). Participants will also learn basic requirements for building envelopes and mechanical system, as well as new requirements for Existing Buildings (2015 IECC, Chapter 5).

  1. Identify general code requirements for commercial energy efficiency as they pertain to the building envelope, mechanical systems, power and lighting systems
  2. Compare and contrast different efficiency options and compliance paths and the use of COMCheck
  3. Identify design and construction strategies for ensuring building projects to comply with the GA Energy Code (ASHRAE 90.1-2007 + Chapter 5 of IECC 2009)

 

Mechanical Energy Code

2019 Georgia Mechanical Energy Code - Half Day

Session Description: Participants will learn about possible compliance options (including ASHRAE 90.1, prescriptive or performance paths) with emphasis on building mechanical systems (heating, cooling and ventilation). Participants will also learn about various efficiency package options as they relate to mechanicals.

  1. Identify general code requirements for commercial energy efficiency as they pertain to a commercial building’s mechanical systems (heating, cooling and ventilation)
  2. Compare and contrast different efficiency options and compliance paths and their use
  3. Identify general requirements in the new 2015 IECC Chapter 5 (Existing Buildings) as they relate to mechanical systems

Contact the Southface Institute Energy Code Hotline

For further assistance, send us an email at energycodes@southface.org or call (404) 604 - 3598

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