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.
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.
Together with the Greater Atlanta HBA, Southface offers the regionally specific EarthCraft green building program to assist builders of homes, renovations, multifamily buildings, communities and light commercial facilities to save energy and water, meets strict indoor environmental quality standards and conserve natural resources.
Applicable to both new and existing homes, and commercial buildings, ENERGY STAR® offers a comprehensive approach for reducing energy costs and creating comfortable, healthier spaces for homeowners and building occupants.
Grants to Green, a joint program of Southface and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, helps nonprofits in the 23-county Atlanta region assess their facilities; identify energy-, water- and resource-efficiency upgrades; and adopt best management practices in sustainability.