Tag Archives: Georgia

AIA GA Adds Outstanding Residential Track to Its 2013 Conference

RTAblog_2013_0925_ConferenceThe American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association has added a residential track to its 2013 conference. Please plan to join us for two days of education on the 11th and 12th of October!… Read more

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Collecting Rain Water is Like Putting Money in the Bank

RTAblog_2013_0123_downspoutIt seemed to rain in Atlanta every day last week. Though some of us thought the rain was an inconvenience, those people collecting rain water made money.… Read more

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Georgia’s 2013 Legislative Priorities Summarized Over Breakfast

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce held its annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast this morning. The event is typically held in the first week of Georgia’s forty-day legislative session. It’s an opportunity to review the priorities for the coming year.… Read more

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2012 Was Terrible for Transportation in Georgia! What’s on the Road Ahead?

Transportation was on the mind of Georgians in 2012 – mostly because we couldn’t escape the advertising, events and media coverage of the 2012 Regional Transportation Referendum vote held on July 31st, 2012. Though we’d like to never hear the … Read more

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What’s on the Atlanta Falcons’ Christmas Wish List? A New Stadium!

Atlanta’s NFL franchise, the Falcons, need a new stadium. Why? to keep up with the other markets. That’s the reason delivered by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month as a keynote guest of the Atlanta Rotary Club.… Read more

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Re-Visioning Statewide Prosperity: GeorgiaForward’s 2012 Forum Report

GeorgiaForward is an independent, nonpartisan organization working to improve the state of Georgia by engaging business, political, academic and civil leaders to collaboratively shape a statewide policy agenda. If you’re not  participating in a similar group in your state, you … Read more

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Will Competition Drive the Development of Large-Scale Solar Power in Georgia?

RTA_blog_2012_1016_SolarPanelsTom Baxter’s recent article in the SaportaReport suggests that Georgia Power has reversed course on solar power after Georgia Solar Utilities Inc. submitted a petition to the Georgia PSC to sell 80-megawatts of solar power. It seems that it just … Read more

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FTC Warns Window Manufacturers About Unsubstantiated Energy Efficiency Claims

RTA_Blog_2012_1009_FTCLast week, we encouraged you to be wary about the energy efficiency claims of window companies. The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has been actively engaged in this issue so we’re following up on last week’s post … Read more

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Thinking About Replacing Your Windows? Don’t Believe the Big Energy Savings Promise!

2012_0713We shared a blog post on Georgia’s sales tax holiday for ENERGY STAR & WaterSense labeled products earlier this week. In that post, we promised to follow-up with some notes on replacing windows because many people are surprised, if not … Read more

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Holiday Shopping: Sales Tax Holiday for ENERGY STAR & WaterSense Labeled Products

RTA_blog_2012_1001_EnergyStarLabelGot your shopping list ready? Georgia is holding a sales tax holiday for ENERGY STAR and WaterSense labeled products October 5th through the 7th! The per-item limit of $1,500 allows Georgians to make significant purchases. Since energy and water are … Read more

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Georgia’s Building Code Amendments and Proposed Appendices are Now Available

Georgia State Codes Advisory Committee

Georgia State Codes Advisory CommitteeGeorgia adopts building codes and their amendments on a state-wide basis. Three groups have just finished amendments for the commercial building code, residential building code and two code appendicies for disaster resilience. Here’s a short synopsis of the results…… Read more

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Crimes & Misdemeanors: Georgia’s Water Conservation Law Takes Effect

Lake Lanier Drought

Lake Lanier DroughtIn its 2010 legislative session, Georgia’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 370  “relating to water supply and water conservation”. The bill was sponsored by Georgia Senator Ross Tolleson, Chair of the Senate’s Natural Resources & the Environment committee.… Read more

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Steve Mouzon ties planning, design & green building together for Green Building Council

Architect Steve Mouzon speaks to Green Building Council

Architect Steve Mouzon speaks to Green Building CouncilThe Green Building Council of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders presented architect Steve Mouzon as its featured speaker for 2012. Other GBC events throughout the year are typically panels and workshops. Previous featured speakers include architects Sarah Susanka and Peter Read more

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States are exploring new ways to tax motorists

TrafficGeorgia is in the middle of a campaign for a regional transportation referendum vote on the 31st of July 2012 when Georgians go to the polls for primary elections. That has at least some Georgians thinking about ways to fund Read more

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