Building Certifications

Third party verified green building certifications rely on independent verifiers to authenticate that a home or building has met established performance thresholds. Regional and national third-party verified certifications have helped shift the design and construction industries toward resilience and high efficiency. We have 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. For more information, please visit the EarthCraft Program page. 

ENERGY STAR Qualified Label

estar_logoThe ENERGY STAR Qualified Label 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. 

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 is one of six USGBC affiliates in the country, and 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. 

National Green Building Standard

NGBS-Logo-155x95The National Green Building Standard is a residential green building rating system developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and approved by American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Builders of single-family and multifamily projects, as well as remodelers, can seek one of four certification levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Emerald. These certifications recognize entry-level green building certification up to the highest levels of energy performance. Southface’s team of authorized NGBS Green Verifiers can assist you in qualifying your project to achieve National Green Building Standard certification, which is awarded by the Home Innovation Research Labs. Visit our National Green Building Standard program page to learn more.

Green Communities

greencommunitiesGreen 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. 

EPA Indoor airPLUS

indoorairplusThe EPA created Indoor airPLUS to help consumers identify homes that have good indoor air quality, a distinction that is especially useful for individuals with asthma, allergies and other breathing issues. Southface, a Certified Verifier for the Indoor airPLUS Program, works with builders to help them earn the Indoor airPLUS label. We do this by providing input on the features required to protect homes from moisture, mold, combustion gases and other pollutants. For more information, please visit the EPA Indoor airPLUS website. 

EPA WaterSense

watersenselogoWaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the EPA and is intended to help save water and protect the environment. The WaterSense New Home Certification System is designed to label new single-family homes that comply with the program specifications for high performance, water-efficient systems. Southface works with builders to certify their projects for the WaterSense label. For more information, please visit the EPA's WaterSense website. 

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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