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"The EarthCraft program is not only a great program for building a greener and more sustainable product, but it also teaches the contractor to think outside the box and to construct a more efficient product by reducing waste of material and energy loss."

- Justin Carlton, Tower Construction

EarthCraft and other green building programs like LEED®, National Green Building Standard (NGBS) and ENERGY STAR, to name a few, offer smart solutions to maximize efficiency and comfort while reducing the overall impact to our environment. Several factors make up green building

  • Building beyond what is required by code is a common strategy
  • Saving energy and reducing operating costs are part of formula for paybacks to the home/property owner.
  • Building green has more resilience and durability – the builder creates a better product.
  • Quality-built green buildings have better indoor air quality and comfort levels – the building occupants have a better living environment.

Southface provides certification services for many green building programs and is a founding partner and developer of the EarthCraft certification. Our long history in green building has impacted programs nationally and regionally through our involvement with LEED®, NGBS and ENERGY STAR.

Residential Green Building programs | Residential Services 

  • EarthCraft
  • EPA Indoor airPLUS
  • EPA WaterSense
  • LEED®
  • National Green Building Standard
  • Green Communities

Commercial Green Building programs | Commercial Services 

  • EarthCraft
  • LEED®
  • Living Building Challenge
  • Green Globes
  • WELL Building Standard
  • EDGE
  • BIT Building



Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED® projects span commercial, residential and community scales as well as new construction and existing projects.

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The National Green Building Standard (NGBS) goes well beyond saying a home is energy efficient; it provides independent, third-party verification that a project is designed and built to achieve high performance. NGBS offers four levels of certification including Bronze, Silver, Gold and Emerald and can certify single family or multifamily renovations or new construction as well as land development projects.

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The EarthCraft green building certification program was developed by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface in 1999...

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Greenprints 2017 Keynote Overview: Disrupting Urban Regeneration – Unlocking the Power of Neighborhood

Since 1998, Greenprints has brought together thought leaders in sustainability throughout the Southeast and beyond to discuss building performance, energy policy, community design and more. In that tradition, we were honored to have Rob Bennett as our 2017 keynote. Bennett, a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement, is CEO of EcoDistricts, and his keynote…

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Deepening The Sustainability Conversation

This article was originally posted in the SaportaReport Thought Leaders section in February, 2017. Southface has made its name as a technical service provider and expert in the high performance built environment. While it’s true that we provide technical services, support and consulting on commercial, residential and community scale projects, Southface has long been engaged…

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Andrea Pinabell to Deliver Opening Keynote at Next South Conference

Over the first few months of 2017, Southface’s new President, Andrea Pinabell, has been touring Southface’s sustainability networks to get to know the partners, thought leaders and funders we work with every day to deliver our mission and pursue our vision. For many years, Georgia Conservancy, the 50 year-old conservation nonprofit dedicated to protecting and…

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