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The Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Act

The Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Act of 2008 (EESCA) creates a set of energy efficiency and construction standards. The standards apply to any state facility project that enters into a design agreement on or after July 1, 2010, that meets any of these criteria:

  • New construction building projects exceeding 10,000 square feet.
  • A renovation project that is more than 50 percent of the replacement value of the facility.
  • A change in occupancy.
  • Any roof replacement project exceeding 10,000 square feet.
  • A commercial interior tenant fit-out project exceeding 10,000 square feet of leasable area where the state is intended to be the lessor of such property.

Beyond the requirements of the EESCA, building owners can also apply for the Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System, indicating higher and higher levels of commitment to environmental stewardship.

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