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.
Agnes Scott College and Southface have released a case study detailing how Agnes Scott became the first non-profit to produce solar power through Georgia Power’s Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI). This case study, funded by the Turner Foundation, offers specific insight into creative approaches to overcome the challenges non-profits face with regard to solar power projects.Read More
Recently, Southface staff examined our vision, mission and core values in the context of creating the organization’s next strategic plan. One of the most profound insights we gained from this exercise was the widespread commitment of our staff to the equity aspect of triple bottom line economics.This recent focus was part of the inspiration behind inviting Steve Curwood to speak at our upcoming Visionary Dinner.Read More
In order to continue Atlanta’s progress toward becoming a top-tier city for sustainability, the City Energy Project represents an opportunity to remain competitive in the Southeast’s rapidly recovering real estate market. The centerpiece of the City Energy Project is the Commercial Energy Efficiency Ordinance.Read More