TM03 - Green Living in the City of Decatur

Monday, November 18 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Level 4 Lobby « Back

Abstract Text:

Join us as we explore different green homes in the City of Decatur, a community of 19,000 residents just east of Atlanta. The city enacted a residential green building ordinance in 2014 requiring all new residences to be certified under an existing green building program. Attendees will visit two single-family homes: a historic infill home that has earned LEED Platinum and Energy Star certifications, as well as, a 1950s ranch-style home (also LEED Platinum) that was renovated to include rainwater harvesting and rooftop PV. The tour will also explore Oakview Walk, a multi-family development with 27 affordable-housing units and 7 workforce-housing units on less than one acre. This project replaces an outdated housing authority project that was originally built in 1962 and is a certified Enterprise Green Community. We will conclude by looking at the City of Decatur planning efforts to establish a residential green building ordinance and how they went about creating sustainability living at scale.

Learning Objectives:

Identify cost-effective, sustainable design strategies that can be implemented in single family homes

Discuss the intersection of affordability and sustainability

Examine the City of Decatur's green building policies

Explain how sustainability can be implemented at different scales of residential development


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Event Type: Tour > Session