Building Better Communities for Tomorrow

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

OUR WORK

BIT BUILDING

BIT Building presents a set of cost effective industry standards that may be implemented in all building types (except single family residential) regardless of current performance.

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GOODUSE

GoodUse saves nonprofits money on operations so they can expand their mission. Using technical expertise and consultative assistance...

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EARTHCRAFT

Established in 1999 by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface, EarthCraft is a green building certification program that ...

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable
First Friday of Every Month

The Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable is a monthly policy and discussion forum open to the public. It attracts professionals from multiple sectors as well as policymakers, members of the media and concerned citizens from Atlanta and beyond.

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EarthCraft House Builder
October 10, 2019

The EarthCraft Builder training provides a comprehensive overview of best practices for sustainable construction and design and explores the ways the EarthCraft program can help you get started in the green building sector.

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Duct & Envelope Tightness Verification
November 18, 2019

Participants will learn how to explain calculations for ACH50 and percent duct leakage, demonstrate proficiency in testing protocol, apply knowledge on actual blower door and duct systems, and complete a certification exam.

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BLOG

Cooling Our Atmosphere by Trapping Carbon

By Southface Staff | September 24, 2019

As communities close to home and around the globe experience increasingly severe and frequent weather impacts, climate change is top of mind for individuals and countries alike. One of the greatest culprits in a warming Earth is the increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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Five Low-Impact Solutions for Managing Stormwater in an Urban Environment

By Southface Staff | September 3, 2019

Heavy summer rainfall is common in the hot and humid subtropical climate of the Southeast. What happens to all that water? Until communities flood or their water sources become contaminated, most of us don’t think about it. In fact, excess stormwater runoff can damage land and buildings, parks, playgrounds and more. As stormwater flows over land, it picks up contaminants including debris, oils, grease, metals and excess nutrients from fertilizers. If not mitigated, it can contaminate habitats and waterways.

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Resilience Hubs: Equitable Resource Centers That Foster Community and Give Support During Emergencies

By Southface Staff | August 8, 2019

During times of natural disaster, an entire network of resources and people must come together to repair and rebuild essential infrastructure that allows for provision of critical services—including medical care, clean water and fresh food—all of which require a reliable and steady source of electricity. Individual entities might provide for their own backup power with generators or microgrids that continue working when shared electrical infrastructure is down. But how can communities ensure more equitable access to electricity during emergencies? Resilience hubs are one way.

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Andrea Pinabell Southface is an amazing organization with a bright future, talented staff, committed board and excellent partners, but it also takes supportive communities to truly make a difference. One of my favorite quotes is from Jane Goodall: “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Making a difference and working towards a more sustainable future is core to who Southface is as an organization. So many of our programs and initiatives impact the lives and support the livelihoods of many around the Southeast and across the U.S. We hope you will continue to support Southface as we work towards a more sustainable future, setting a course to work on resiliency, green infrastructure and water policy in order to provide a healthy built environment for all.

THE CALENDAR

Southface has many ways you can get involved. Education, tours and special events are just a few. To view the full list of upcoming events click below.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mon 14

Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater: A Two-Part Training

October 14 @ 8:00 am - October 18 @ 6:00 pm
Wed 16

Public Tour

October 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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