Textile production is a global, resource-intensive process that takes immense amounts of water, fossil fuels, and chemicals to produce just one piece of clothing. There’s an 85% chance that single item of clothing will end up in a landfill. On May 4, Southface’s Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART) explores the environmental and social impact of…Read More
In 2012 the United Nations designated March 21 as the International Day of Forests as a way to raise awareness on the global impact forests have on poverty eradication, environmental sustainability, and food security. According to the UN, forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, and about 1.6 billion people around the world…Read More
2017 saw a lot of new technology and brought about a host of engaging conversations that redefined the direction of sustainability and environmental issues. From Tesla’s solar roof shingles to Living Product Certification, the past year was dynamic for the sustainability industry. 2018 will undoubtedly be no different as technology and science continue to shape…Read More
In 2015, the City of Decatur passed a unified development ordinance (UDO) requiring all new residential and commercial construction to be “green certified.” Known as Decatur’s High Performance Building Standard, the regulation aims to move the City of Decatur towards a more sustainable future, focusing on high quality, high performing buildings and wellbeing for…Read More
Smart home technology tools have the power to save homeowners money and energy – all with the push of a smartphone button. A connected home gives its owner control over simple systems like lights and HVAC or more complex systems like garden irrigation and bathing options. But smart tech isn’t about having shiny new…Read More
Last night, 15 awards were presented as a part of EarthCraft’s annual Celebration of Excellence, which recognizes projects, teams, builders, contractors, and organizations that have excelled in their commitment to the EarthCraft program. Founded in 1999 by Southface and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, EarthCraft is a regional green building certification program focused on…Read More
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many utilities have prescriptive rebate programs that offer incentives for high efficient HVAC equipment. But nearly half of all heating and cooling equipment in U.S. homes never performs to its advertised capacity and efficiency due to poor design and incorrect installation. This means homeowners pay higher operating…Read More
On behalf of everyone at Southface we would like to thank you for your participation in this year’s Greenprints Conference! Thanks to you, this year’s conference was an overwhelming success with more than 350 participants. Special thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors who helped make the event valuable for all attendees! This is a collection of…Read More
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.