Helping Building Owners Comply with Atlanta’s Energy Efficiency Ordinance

Piedmont ParkAtlanta has become the first city in the Southeast to adopt a comprehensive energy policy to significantly reduce energy use in commercial buildings. With a proven track record of  green building practices, we can help make energy reporting easy so you can comply with this new policy.


City of Atlanta’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Ordinance

The ordinance, authored by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, was unanimously passed by the Atlanta City Council in April of this year.  The energy efficiency ordinance is focused on improving the energy performance of commercial buildings in the city. More information about the ordinance can be found here.


The ordinance applies to all commercial buildings 50,000 square feet and larger. After January 1 of 2016, it will apply to commercial buildings 25,000 square feet and larger. The two main components to the ordinance are:


  • Energy and Water Benchmarking: Energy and water data for the building must benchmark their energy and water usage in Energy Star Portfolio manager, and report this benchmark information to the City at least once a year.
  •  Building Energy Audit: Every ten years, the same building will need to have an energy audit completed, targeting the base building systems.


“Atlanta is paving the way for other cities to take advantage of the significant environmental and economic benefits that come with making city skylines more energy efficient,” said Melissa Wright, Director of the City Energy Project at Natural Resources Defense Council, in a press release by City of Atlanta, GA.


McKenney’s Energy Services

McKenney’s has always made energy efficiency a priority. McKenney’s can help companies get their building data benchmarked and pursue a future audit.

  • Benchmark – Track your data in Portfolio Manager
  • Analyze – Examine current data against optimal performance scenario
  • Compare – Compare building performance with your peers
  • Plan – Improve operational performance over time


McKenney’s can help building owners of the designated buildings benchmark and report to the City their properties energy use annually. Learn more here by visiting


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About Matt Norman


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Matt Norman is the director of Energy Services at McKenney’s and is responsible for our energy-related management, engineering and commissioning teams. He regularly consults with building owners and managers who are seeking measurable energy efficiency gains through equipment right-sizing and advance system controls. Along with other notable projects, Matt’s portfolio includes the Duke Energy Center—the first-ever LEED® Platinum-certified commercial office building under the LEED Core & Shell rating system.

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