Creating and Implementing A High Performance (Green) Building Standard for a Small Local Government

By Decatur, GA, for the TLG 2018 Case Study program

Dec 5, 2017

Creating and Implementing A High Performance Building Standard for a Small Local Government. When you think innovation, rarely do building departments lead the way in seeing beyond the horizon; as building code is often seen as unchangeable. When a community elects to exceed minimum codes, it's often difficult to implement change to accepted construction standards. From 2014-2017, Decatur, GA created and implemented a comprehensive sustainable building code providing residents choice, resiliency, and opportunity for buildings to respond to an ever-changing world. The community, through strategic planning, pro-actively authored an "above minimum" standard, constituting innovation in the building code environment.

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