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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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Get to know Amelia Godfrey, Senior Project Manager

How did you first hear about Southface? Through various parts of his career, my dad interacted with Dennis Creech and has been a huge fan of Southface. I grew up in Atlanta, and I attended Southface’s Summer Solstice events as kid when the campus was just the Resource Center. When I was graduating from college,…

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Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is kicking off the second annual National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM). Throughout the month, the goal is to raise awareness for what makes a home healthy and to strengthen coordination and collaboration between housing and health…

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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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