Georgia Building Codes and Contacts

The following information is reprinted with permission from the Building Codes Assistance Project:Georgia climate zones
Current Commercial Code

2011 Georgia State Minimum Standard Energy Code, based on the 2009 IECC referencing ASHRAE 90.1-2007 with Georgia-specific strengthening amendments
passed 11/3/2010; effective 1/1/2011

Current Residential Code

2011 Georgia State Minimum Standard Energy Code, based on the 2009 IECC with Georgia-specific strengthening amendments including mandatory blower door testing
passed 11/3/2010; effective 1/1/2011

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Climate Zones: 2A, 3A, 4A

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

A rulemaking process is used to adopt new codes and to change existing codes. When a proposed code change is forwarded to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), it is first reviewed by a task force consisting of engineers, architects, builders, and contractors. The task force evaluates the proposal and forwards it to the State Codes Advisory Committee if deemed appropriate. The Advisory Committee also evaluates the proposal and submits it for public hearing. If approved, the proposal is adopted by the Board of Community Affairs for inclusion into the next edition of the code. The DCA is responsible for final rulemaking.

Code Change Cycle

New editions of codes are reviewed as soon as practicable after publication. Supplements and amendments are updated annually.

Next Code Update

The DCA has decided that the state of Georgia plans to adopt the 2018 suite of I-codes in lieu of the 2015 editions. At this time, the department has not determined what the next steps will be in regards to adopting an updated energy code. See A Statement on Codes from the DCA, page 1.

Georgia Code Contacts

Eric Esposito
Construction Codes and Industrialized Buildings Consultant
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Email: eric.esposito@dca.ga.gov

Lauren Westmoreland
Energy Codes Manager
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)
Email: lwestmoreland@seealliance.org

This information was compiled by the Building Codes Assistance Project, and used with their permission.