Building Certifications

Third party verified green building certifications rely on independent verifiers to authenticate that a home or building has met established performance thresholds. Third-party verified certifications have helped shift the design and construction industries toward resilience and high efficiency. Southface has decades of experience creating and administering building certification programs locally, regionally and nationally.

EarthCraft Certification

ec-gbcEarthCraft, a family of programs of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface, provides green building standards tailored to the climate, energy and water conditions of the Southeast. It aims to reduce utility bills, promote healthy living and protect the environment. EarthCraft certifications are available for single family new construction, renovation, multifamily, communities, light commercial and sustainable preservation. For more information, please visit the EarthCraft Program page, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your project. 

ENERGY STAR

estar_logoENERGY STAR was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy, and is a nationally recognized mark of energy efficiency. Southface can help you attain ENERGY STAR qualification for residential or commercial buildings. Visit the ENERGY STAR website for more information, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your project. 

LEED® Certification

LEED logosThe nationally and internationally recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED®) program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) provides Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum certifications to buildings based on their achievement of specific sustainability criteria. Southface has provided LEED® document administration for dozens of projects, both residential and commercial, leading to their LEED® certification. For more information, please visit the LEED® program page, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your project. 

Living Building Challenge

logo_lbcThe Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek. The Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. The program applies to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and any location—be it a new building or an existing structure. Visit the Living Building Challenge website for more information, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your project. 

SITES

SITES_aqua_short_rgbSITES is a sustainability-focused framework that ushers landscape architects, engineers and others toward practices that protect ecosystems and enhance the mosaic of benefits they continuously provide our communities, such as climate regulation, carbon storage and flood mitigation. SITES-certified landscapes help reduce water demand, filter and reduce stormwater runoff, provide wildlife habitat, reduce energy consumption, improve air quality, improve human health and increase outdoor recreation opportunities. For more information, please visit the SITES website, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your project. 

Green Globes

gglogoGreen Globes is an online green building rating and certification tool that is used primarily in Canada and the USA. Green Globes was developed by ECD Energy and Environment Canada, an arms-length division of JLL. Green Globes is licensed for use by BOMA Canada (Existing Buildings) and the Green Building Initiative in the USA (New and Existing Buildings). There are Green Globes modules for New Construction/Significant Renovations, Commercial Interiors (i.e. Office Fit-ups) and Existing Buildings (offices, multi-residential, retail, health care, light industrial). For more information, please visit the Green Globes website, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your project. 

WELL Building Standard

well-building-institute-logoThe WELL Building Standard® is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being. WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. WELL is third-party certified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which administers LEED certification and LEED professional credentialing. For more information, please visit the International WELL Building Institute website, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your project. 

EDGE

Edge-Logo-Hi-Res-for-Web-ResizedEDGE encourages resource-efficient building growth by proving the business case for building green. Whether you are constructing homes or apartments, hotels or resorts, offices, retail, or health care buildings, EDGE empowers you to build sustainably. Use EDGE only at the design stage or take your building all the way through to certification. For more information, please visit the EDGE website, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your project. 

STARS

stars_logoThe Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities—from community colleges to research universities, and from institutions just starting their sustainability programs to long-time campus sustainability leaders. For more information, please visit the STARS website, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your project. 

BIT Building

BIT_building-logoThe BIT Building Program is a sustainability improvement program for all commercial and multifamily buildings. The program is currently under development in collaboration with real estate owners and managers. For more information, please visit the BIT Building website, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your project. 

How We Can Help

Southface has helped thousands of owners, builders and architects to navigate the building certification process for many nationally recognized green building programs. In addition, we provide on-site technical assistance, including blower door tests, and the physical inspections and verifications often needed to achieve a green building certification.

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THE JOURNAL

Results from the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP

The EPA recently announced results from the ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition: BOOTCAMP. The competition “challenged building owners, managers, and occupants to reduce energy and water use, and save money over just 90 days!” Over 800 buildings tracked their performance using ENERGY STAR PORTFOLIO MANAGER in order to increase monthly savings. Two Nonprofit Energy and…

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Georgia Tech’s Living Building Reaches Milestone

The Living Building at Georgia Tech has reached a major milestone, with the approval of the schematic design. Approved by Georgia Tech’s Planning and Design Commission in December, the schematic design essentially provides a working blueprint for what is anticipated to be the most environmentally advanced research and educational building ever constructed in the Southeast.

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Living Building at Georgia Tech

Ideas Competition Reforms Architect Selection Process

It’s not often six architectural firms celebrate a contest most of them lost. On three occasions, the design finalists for the Living Building at Georgia Tech have done just that — together and in public.

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