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

Feb 25, 2021

EarthCraft Real Estate Training

Join EarthCraft on Thursday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. for a free real estate course. This…
Mar 05, 2021

Sustainability in Action Roundtable: From Competition to Collaboration: Balancing the Natural, Social and Built Environments in a Regenerative Economy

Since the late 1800s Western countries have increasingly adopted linear economy models to sustain themselves; taking materials from the earth,…
Mar 15, 2021

Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater – Online Training

This training occurs Mondays through Fridays, March 15 - March 31, 2021. Registration Deadline: Monday, March 8 Cost includes required…


Case Study

Savannah Trees Case Study

The City of Savannah has encouraged green infrastructure through a “tree lawn” requirement for some commercial developments. This helps to mitigate flooding among other negative impacts caused, in part, by the built environment and will strengthen the regenerative nature of …

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Case Study

Historic Fourth Ward Park Case Study

Historic Fourth Ward Park, specifically its crowning jewel, Clear Creek Basin, has dramatically reduced flooding in the area, which was once a brownfield filled with abandoned warehouses and parking lots.

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Public Policy: Catalyzing the Regenerative Economy

Part 2 of a three-part series on the Regenerative Economy. Click here to read Part 1 on Regenerative Design. As the American population increased over the last 150 years, the cost of the “take-make-use-dispose” nature of the linear economy was …

Southface Launches Qual-ee™

New credential management software for HERS Raters simplifies process

ATLANTA, GA—February 17, 2021—Southface Institute announces the launch of Qual-ee, a credential management software for energy raters. This new, cloud-based offering will simplify Home Energy Rating System (HERS) credential management for both the Southface Energy Rated Homes (SERH) Providership and …

New credential management software for HERS Raters simplifies process

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