Title 8, Chapter 2, Section 20
As used in this part, the term:
(1) "Board" means the Board of Community Affairs.
(2) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of community affairs.
(3) "Department" means the Department of Community Affairs.
(4) "Exempted building" means any of the following:
(A) Any building whose peak design rate of energy usage for
heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting is less than one
watt or 3.4 British thermal units (BTUs) per hour per square
foot of floor area for all purposes;
(B) Any building which is neither mechanically heated nor
(C) Any mobile home; and
(D) Any building owned or leased in whole or in part by the
(5) "Exterior envelope" means those elements of a building which
enclose conditioned spaces through which thermal energy may be
transferred to or from the exterior.
(6) "New building" means any building on which final design is
commenced after the adoption of the Georgia State Energy Code for
Buildings under this part.
(7) "Public building" means any building which is open to the
public during normal business hours and is not an exempted
building, including the following:
(A) Any building which provides facilities or shelter for public
assembly or which is used for educational, office, or
(B) Any inn, hotel, motel, sports arena, supermarket,
transportation terminal, retail store, restaurant, or other
commercial establishment which provides services or retails
(C) Any portion of an industrial plant building used primarily
as office space; and
(D) Any building owned by the state or a political subdivision
or instrumentality thereof, including libraries, museums,
schools, hospitals, auditoriums, sports arenas, and university
(8) "Renovated building" means either of the following:
(A) A building undergoing alteration of the exterior envelope;
heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems;
water-heating systems; or lighting systems, for which the
aggregate cost of alteration exceeds 10 percent of the assessed
value of the building immediately prior to such alteration; or
(B) A building undergoing alteration in the physical
configuration or interior space, for which the aggregate cost of
alteration exceeds one-fourth of the assessed value of the
building immediately prior to such alteration.
(9)(A)(i) Prior to October 1, 1991, "state minimum standard
codes" means the following codes:
(I) Georgia State Housing Code;
(II) Georgia State Building Code;
(III) Georgia State Plumbing Code;
(IV) Georgia State Air Conditioning and Heating Code;
(V) Georgia State Electrical Code; and
(VI) Georgia State Gas Code.
(ii) The term "state minimum standard codes" shall
specifically not include the Georgia State Energy Code for
(B)(i) On and after October 1, 1991, "state minimum standard
codes" means the following codes:
(I) Standard Building Code (SBCCI);
(II) National Electrical Code as published by the National
Fire Protection Association;
(III) Standard Gas Code (SBCCI);
(IV) Standard Mechanical Code (SBCCI);
(V) Georgia State Plumbing Code or the Standard Plumbing
(VI) Council of American Building Officials One- and
Two-Family Dwelling Code, with the exception of Part V -
Plumbing (Chapters 20-25) of said code;
(VII) Georgia State Energy Code for Buildings as adopted by
the State Building Administrative Board pursuant to an Act
approved April 10, 1978 (Ga. L. 1978, p. 2212), as such code
exists on September 30, 1991;
(VIII) Standard Fire Prevention Code (SBCCI);
(IX) Standard Housing Code (SBCCI);
(X) Standard Amusement Device Code (SBCCI);
(XI) Excavation and Grading Code (SBCCI);
(XII) Standard Existing Buildings Code (SBCCI);
(XIII) Standard Swimming Pool Code (SBCCI); and
(XIV) Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code (SBCCI).
(ii) The codes provided in division (i) of this subparagraph shall mean such codes as they exist on October 1, 1991, provided that the department, with the approval of the board, may adopt a subsequently published edition of any such code as provided in subsection (b) of Code Section 8-2-23; and provided, further, that any such code may hereafter be amended or revised as provided in subsection (a) of Code Section 8-2-23.
(C) References to any standard code in this part shall mean one
of the standard codes listed in division (i) of subparagraph (A)
or division (i) of subparagraph (B) of this paragraph.
(D) The term "state minimum standard codes" shall specifically not include the Georgia State Fire Code as adopted by the Safety Fire Commissioner pursuant to Code Section 25-2-13 nor shall any state minimum standard code be less restrictive than the Georgia State Fire Code.