Greenbuilding

HUD DESIGNATES JUNE AS NATIONAL HEALTHY HOMES MONTH

Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is kicking off the second annual National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM). Throughout the month, the goal is to raise awareness for what makes a home healthy and to strengthen coordination and collaboration between housing and health…

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Kwanza Hall’s Ordinance Diversifying Housing in Atlanta Approved

The first policy recommendation from the Department of Planning’s Tiny House Feasibility Study, also championed by Hall, allowing for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in areas zoned for duplexes passed City Council on Monday. “Embracing the tiny house movement in Atlanta will help expand the diversity of our housing choices and provide more affordable housing…

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Fulton Supply Lofts Earn Green Certification

Fulton Supply Lofts participated in the Georgia Power Home Energy Improvement Program, and based on improvements made to the existing shell and the high efficiency systems installed, this project saw efficiency improvements of over 30 percent per unit and was eligible for the maximum rebate under the 2013-2016 HEIP funding cycle. Fulton Supply Lofts are…

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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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City of Atlanta, Highwoods Properties and Southface Pledge to Turn Lights Out for Birds

Atlanta Audubon Society is excited to welcome the City of Atlanta, Highwoods Properties and Southface as the first commercial participants in Lights Out Atlanta. Sponsored by Atlanta Audubon and the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC), Lights Out Atlanta was launched in March 2017 to reduce bird deaths caused by building collisions. “Atlanta Audubon Society is…

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Georgia’s Low-Income Housing Developers Can Lead on Solar

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…

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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…

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Tiny Houses Coming to Atlanta?

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…

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