Southface is actively engaged in helping shape energy policy at the federal, state and local level. The organization has served on numerous business, foundation, nonprofit, and government advisory committees and is often consulted by private industry and professional associations connected to the energy and building industry.
The Southface Advanced Commercial Buildings Initiative (ACBI) leverages existing local and regional commercial energy efficiency programs and DOE resources to create research-driven solutions to overcome hurdles to broad adoption of deep energy packages for commercial buildings.
Southface is at the leading edge of bringing the many environmental, economic and health benefits of green building practices to affordable housing. Green building makes sense for affordable housing because it helps save money for those with the least to spare, and improves indoor air quality for those more at risk for respiratory ailments.
The Southeast Region of BGCA has been selected to participate in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Energy & Water Efficiency Program Pilot (BGCA EWEP) to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of high-impact energy and water efficiency improvements in club facilities. The program's ultimate goals are to reduce club utility expenses by 20 percent annually and to improve conditions in existing facilities, so they may be better used in support of BGCA's mission.
Building America, a national research program led by the U.S. Department of Energy, works with industry research teams like Southface to develop and implement cost-effective strategies for energy-efficient residential buildings.