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Five New Additions to Southface’s Board of Directors

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Southface Institute, a sustainable building nonprofit celebrating its 46th anniversary this month, has welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors. The new board members bring experience in architecture, engineering, education, sustainability, and law to the organization.    Since 1978, Southface has collaborated with other nonprofits, businesses, builders, developers, universities, government agencies, and communities. It works to improve the performance of residential and commercial structures at every stage of the building lifecycle.    New Board Members include:    Ed …

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Turning Building Performance Data into Environmental Action

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Today, those who own, lease, and operate buildings are increasingly exploring sustainability improvements that can be implemented at scale. The major drivers for this trend: an increase in data available for understanding building performance, the promise of lower utility bills, and a $1B federal investment to update energy codes and implement building performance standards through the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act. Southface Institute recently launched its BIT Building platform to make building performance data actionable and the associated goals and incentives …

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Southface Institute Announces Thomas Farmer As New VP of Advocacy

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Sustainable building nonprofit Southface Institute has welcomed Thomas Farmer as VP of advocacy. Drawing on his local, state, and federal experience, Farmer will further strengthen Southface’s partnerships and advance advocacy initiatives that impact communities.  “At my core, I am a collaborator and relationship builder, so coming to work for an organization that strives to build bridges with developers, utilities, academia, and other nonprofits to advance sustainability is a natural fit,” said Farmer. “ I am excited to be working for …

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Think Globally, Decarbonize Locally: Climate Solutions in Georgia

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Article originally published by Atlanta Business Chronicle on Dec. 20 The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates — also called COP28 as an acronym for the 28th Conference of the Parties — concluded on Dec. 12, 2023. More than 65,000 core participants convened to advance the global implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement toward the goal of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. While sustainability advocates agree on …

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Housing Shelter Serves Community with Greater Sustainability

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Article originally published by Saporta Report on Dec. 18 One of The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta’s many facilities—a 324-bed emergency and transitional housing shelter called Red Shield Services—recently completed energy and water efficiency upgrades through Southface Institute’s GoodUse program. GoodUse provides financial and technical assistance to retrofit nonprofit buildings so that utility bill savings can be invested back into core services to the community. For Salvation Army, that includes support for people transitioning out of homelessness, substance abuse treatment, and …

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Southface to Receive Almost $6M from President Biden’s “Renew America’s Nonprofits” Grant Program

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Southface Institute, a Georgia-based sustainability nonprofit, has been awarded $5.87 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to support its High Impact Energy Efficiency Improvement (HIEEI) Portfolio. The program will provide financial and technical assistance to nonprofits throughout the Southeast to make their facilities more energy efficient. The grant was funded from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Renewing America’s Nonprofits grant program.   The DOE is using a nonprofits-helping-nonprofits model to reach more organizations and fund more projects. Southface’s HIEEI Portfolio …

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Electric Bills Decoded: How Home Batteries Can Cut Energy Costs

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(Post 6 of 6) ←Previous Post | The use of batteries, like the Tesla Powerwall or Enphase IQ10, for residential electricity storage is growing rapidly. The March 2023 edition of Wood Mackenzie’s “US Energy Storage Monitor” noted an 88% increase in residential battery storage capacity in the US in 2023 and projected a four-fold increase in residential battery installations from 2022 through 2027.   While battery storage is most often used to capture excess energy from solar panels and provide backup …

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Southface Honors Mercedes-Benz Stadium Green Team at 25th Visionary Dinner

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Southface Institute, a sustainable building nonprofit, held its 25th Visionary Dinner at Agnes Scott College on October 10. During the celebration, Southface presented Dawn Brown and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) Green Team with the 2023 Argon Award for setting a new global sustainability standard for stadiums. Brown serves as MBS’ Senior Manager of Tours and Education Programs + Sustainability. With programs and policies to divert at least 90% of waste from landfills, incineration plants, and the environment, MBS is the …

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 Southface Launches BIT Building, Putting Operational Savings Within Reach

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Southface Institute, a sustainability nonprofit, has launched BIT Building – a program designed to improve the operational efficiency of any type of existing building or tenant-controlled space (except single-family residential) regardless of age or current performance. BIT Building equips users with the tools necessary to reduce energy, water, and waste consumption and provides verifiable recognition for those efforts via third-party certification.  Federal, state, and local governments are increasingly mandating higher building performance standards to meet climate targets. Companies are centering …

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Electric Bills Decoded: Different Rate Plans Benefit Different Customers

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(Post 5 of 6) ←Previous Post | Next Post → I hope that using my family’s data and writing about picking our residential electricity rate plan has made the process more accessible, but I recognize that what’s right for me is not necessarily right for you. To provide broader guidance, I asked people I know to share their hourly energy use data with me and developed five case studies that differ from my own.   For each case study, I’m using …

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