Our Curriculum

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Southface’s suite of certification-based course offerings support the development of a competitive green jobs sector within the U.S. economy. Designed for a range of skill levels, our trainings and conferences meet a variety of marketplace needs, such as:

  • Educating professionals on new principles and techniques that can be applied to their career in the green building sector.
  • Enhancing marketing and business development skills to help professionals achieve success.
  • Providing continuing education opportunities for professional credential maintenance.

Areas of Focus

Course offerings are divided into nine sections: Building Performance Institute; Building Science & Mechanical Systems; Communities & Policy; EarthCraft; Health & Safety; ENERGY STAR; Energy Codes; LEED; and RESNET. Southface is a provider for the credentialing organizations listed on this website and conforms to their curriculum requirements and is duly empowered to provide this content and any certifications associated with the course work.

Greenprints Conference

Since 1998, the Greenprints conference has been a highly anticipated gathering for the latest thinking on regional issues surrounding sustainability– both at the policy level and in practice. The conference facilitates conversations between researchers and on-the-ground practitioners that promote sustainable buildings and communities.

Accreditation

iredSouthface's Home Energy Professional training programs were among the first in the nation to be awarded accreditation from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Upon successfully completing these programs, graduates meeting prerequisites are prepared to challenge the nationally recognized Home Energy Professional Certifications based on Standard Workforce Specifications developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Southface is credentialed to provide CEUs from these organizations. The CEUs available are listed with the course description in this catalog. In addition, students can also self report their attendance for other credentialing organizations.

UPCOMING COURSES

Mon 18

Duct & Envelope Tightness Verification

November 18 @ 9:00 am - November 19 @ 5:00 pm
Dec 02

EarthCraft House Builder

December 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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THE JOURNAL

The Opportunity for Green Affordable Housing

April is National Fair Housing Month, a perfect time to shine light on Atlanta’s affordable housing challenges. Like many cities in a rapidly urbanizing area, Atlanta’s growth and increasing desirability come at the cost of its affordable housing options. As housing prices steadily rise, the options for lower- and middle-income Atlantans become fewer. But there are promising options for attainable solutions in Atlanta’s growth—housing that is both high-performance and affordably priced.

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Bringing Sustainability to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Tweet By Haven Bills For most nonprofits, any opportunity to save money is a welcome one, as those savings can be invested in work which fulfills the organization’s mission. Utility bills represent one area where nonprofits can realize big savings, as inefficient buildings and fixtures can be a large portion of an organization’s operating expenses.…

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Training the Next Generation of Green Building Professionals

Tweet Over the past two years, Georgia’s construction industry has seen a 5.5 percent annual increase. As demand for green building grows in Atlanta and statewide, Southface teamed up with a west Atlanta high school to cultivate the next generation of green building professionals and prepare them for a successful, rewarding career in a growing…

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