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Atlanta City Council Shelves Sustainable Building Ordinance

December 21, 2009

This is the headline of the latest email from the Atlanta Board of Realtors.  Well, not exactly.  The headline is “Council Rejects Expensive Building Code Mandates” which to me says something much different.  The email applauds the vote which shelved an ordinance that they say would have “crippled” the commercial real estate industry.  The Sustainable Building Ordinance would have mandated the use of sustainable building principles, practices, and materials for new construction as well as renovations and tenant improvements for existing buildings.  Is that such a bad thing?  I’d go so far as to say that would be a great thing, a great direction for the City of Atlanta and the industry as a whole, not to mention the people that are going to be inhabiting those buildings and paying the energy bills, but let’s not worry about that.

Here is a link to the article:  http://www.abr.org/index.aspx?page_id=3&resource_id=5478

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2010 12:59 pm

    Since writing this blog post, I have heard from both sides of the debate. They are both optimistic than some flavor of a green building ordinance will be agreed upon in the future. They just have to determine how intense the ordinance will be and what kinds of incentives will be included for the stakeholders…and who is going to offer those incentives. This should be fun to watch over the next year.

  2. August 23, 2011 4:23 am

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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