Southface offers community-wide sustainability certification services through EarthCraft and other green building programs. We realize that every community’s capacity for change is different and we work to find solutions that can endure the changes every community experiences. Whether your community is a small town, large city, university campus, nonprofit or neighborhood association, Southface will work with you to engage and implement appropriate sustainability solutions.
EarthCraft Communities was launched in 2005 to assist land developers and local government agencies to create sustainable market-rate and affordable housing communities. It guides projects toward either an urban grid design or a conservation clustered form with emphasis on energy and water efficient new construction; low-impact development; walkable design and community connectivity; transit-ready density; effective stormwater management; access to open space; and more. For more information, please visit the EarthCraft Communities page, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your community.
The STAR Community Rating System (STAR) was built by and for local governments. Local leaders use STAR to assess their sustainability, set targets for moving forward, and measure progress along the way.The intent of the rating system is to help communities identify, validate, and support implementation of best practices to improve sustainable community conditions. For more information, please visit the STAR Communities website, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your community.
LEED® for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) was engineered to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities. For more information about the program, visit the LEED Neighborhood Development page on USGBC's website, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your community.
The Living Community Challenge is an exciting new program of the International Living Futures Institute to help planners and developers rethink how they design their community-scale projects. The process provides a compliance review at the master planning stage and certification for fully built community or campus scale projects. Whether your project is a street, block, corridor, small or large neighborhood, or campus—it has a home in the Living Community Challenge. Visit the Living Community Challenge website for more information, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your community.
Green Communities is a national program that assists builders to build and rehabilitate affordable homes, making them more energy efficient, healthier and better for the environment. Its supporting organization, Enterprise Green Communities, offers grants, loans, tax-credit equity, and technical assistance to new construction and rehabilitation projects that meet the Green Communities criteria. Southface can provide the technical assistance necessary to ensure your affordable housing project meets the criteria needed for the Green Communities Program. Visit Enterprise Green Communities's website for more information, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your community.
SITES 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 community.
An EcoDistrict is a neighborhood or district with a broad commitment to accelerate neighborhood-scale sustainability. EcoDistricts commit to achieving ambitious sustainability performance goals, guiding district investments and community action, and tracking the results over time. For more information, please visit the EcoDistrict website, or fill out the form below to find out how Southface can help certify your community.
How We Can Help
Southface has helped thousands of owners, builders and architects to navigate the certification process for many nationally recognized green building programs. In addition, we provide on-site technical assistance, including diagnostic testing, design consultation and the physical inspections and verifications often needed to achieve certification for your community or campus.
Georgia has an uplifting solar story to tell. We had 22 megawatts (MW) of installed solar in 2012 when Southface launched the Solar Map available on www.GeorgiaEnergyData.org. The state exceeded 1,100 MW by the end of 2016. However, our tracking of solar installations in Georgia also reveals that the vast majority of this capacity is…Read More
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…Read More
Tiny Houses are seeing strong progress in Atlanta. Current code and zoning ordinances make Tiny Houses throughout most of the city either fully illegal or not feasible. Southface has worked closely with the City of Atlanta Office of Planning and Community Development on a Tiny House feasibility study, examining the policy barriers and code obstacles…Read More
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