Thursday, February 14, 2019

Georgia Requires Green Building for Public Housing

As part of its public funding plan, Georgia will require housing projects to
earn a sustainable building certification in order to qualify for tax credits.

Last week, the state of Georgia announced a new rule that will help bring energy efficiency and sustainability to undeserved communities. The new rule requires Georgia housing projects to earn a sustainable building certification in order to qualify for tax credits.

The new guideline is part of Georgia's 2019 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), which determines which housing projects qualify to receive Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Under Georgia's 2019 QAP, sustainable building certification is a mandatory requirement for housing projects. LEED is one of several certification options. In addition to meeting the certification requirement, housing projects are required under the QAP to engage in tenant and building manager education in compliance with sustainability program. This will help foster participation in the energy efficiency programs provided to these communities.

The new rule echoes the 2019 goals of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which are outlined in the QAP. The Department of Community Affairs seeks "better health outcomes" for its residents through thoughtful site selection and site design. These objectives reflected goals that are supported through LEED certification. 

Georgia has historically been a leader for LEED and green building. In 2017, Georgia was named one of the Top 10 States for LEED with more than 71 certified projects. This year, Georgia will host the annual Greenbuild conference, one of the biggest sustainable design conferences in the industry.

To learn more about Georgia's sustainable building certification, visit the Qualified Allocation Plan. To learn more about sustainable design and how to get involved in this dynamic career path, visit Zack Academy.

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