Southface Institute promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance.

Our Impacts


Affordable housing, research and utility assistance for the residential market


Green building services, maintenance & operations and training for the commercial market


Certification, design and planning for community development

Our Programs


GoodUse provides funding and technical assistance to nonprofits in need of energy and water efficiency upgrades.

BIT Building

BIT Building is a framework of practical and effective strategies that building operators can implement within their own budgets and schedules.


The EarthCraft green building certification program is designed to address the challenging energy, water and climate conditions of the Southeast.

Southface Energy Rated Homes

Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH) is a RESNET accredited HERS QA Provider that delivers the best quality assurance, intuitive HERS credential management and software solutions to enable your rating business’s growth.

Upcoming Events and Trainings

Sep 25, 2020

Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable: Climate Week NYC 2020 – Regenerative and Just Placemaking

SART will be from 11:00am - 12:30pm EST. While efforts to protect and steward natural resources are essential to a…
Sep 29, 2020

Webinar: Renewable Energy Projects in GA From Solar to RNG

Renewable Energy in Georgia  This webinar covers renewable natural gas projects, PV to EV, roadside and utility-scale solar and more. Join…



Energy Code FAQs

What are the new targets for house air leakage?

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Turning to AEC Professionals to Solve the Plastic Crisis

In the past, the plastic industry has turned to recycling and consumer behavior to solve the plastics crisis. While the challenge to reduce plastic waste remains, the design and building industries’ power may have a more significant impact. AEC professionals …


The Future of Travel Is Regenerative

Leading up to the pandemic, sustainable travel was a popular buzz word in the tourism industry. However, as many travel plans have been put on hold, regenerative travel is making its way to center stage. Instead of focusing only on …

Assessment Toolkit

UA Trade Off Tool

This worksheet calculates the total envelope UA of a building based on user inputs. The calculator provides a final estimate of a proposed building’s performance compared to the prescriptive U-factors of the 2020 Georgia Residential Energy Code (and based on …

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