Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® and Southface Home performance

In addition to providing direct technical support and quality assurance to participating contractors, Southface further supports the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program with accredited training programs and certifications for home performance professionals, contractors and technicians.


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Southface offers multiple Building Performance Institute (BPI) trainings, including four advanced Home Energy Professional Training Programs which have earned accreditation from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

Other Educational Opportunities
Southface offers Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and ENERGY STAR courses and certifications, as well as several other certification-based trainings such as Lead RRP, Lead Refresher, OSHA 10 and OSHA 30. Most courses are conducted in the Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center, a state-of-the art, hands-on, U.S. DOE approved Weatherization Training Center by qualified staff including IREC Certified Master Trainers.


The ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI) program promotes the proper design and installation of heating and cooling systems specifically for the existing homes marketplace.

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ENERGY STAR certified homes are independently verified to meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR certification is the baseline for many high performance building certifications.

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Program guide and webinar help building owners identify and track parts of portfolios that are struggling with energy performance, to compare performance from year-to-year and benchmark buildings.

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EarthCraft Breathes New Life into Decatur Green Homes

Green certified home renovations are sure to become more common in Decatur starting this spring, thanks in large part to the research efforts of Southface’s EarthCraft team.
Last month, Southface conducted preliminary energy and cost-savings analyses of three recently renovated homes pursuing EarthCraft Renovation certification as part of the implementation of the City of Decatur’s “High Performance Building Standard,” requiring all new construction and commercial renovation meeting certain thresholds to be certified under a green building standard.

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Rule Your Attic This Fall

ENERGY STAR® wants you to take action today and “Rule Your Attic” to stop wasting energy, save money, increase your home’s comfort, and reduce the pollution that contributes to climate change.

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Validating High-Performance Building Design and Operations at the Southface Eco Office

The Eco Office impressed architects on tour with the AIA National Convention by achieving a 98 re-certification in the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and by spending less than $25 a day on utilities.

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