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

Jul 09

Beyond Residential Testing

July 9 @ 9:00 am - July 11 @ 1:00 pm
Jul 17
Jul 23

EarthCraft House Builder

July 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jul 30
Aug 06

ENERGY STAR for Homes Version 3

August 6 @ 9:00 am - August 7 @ 5:00 pm
Aug 20

BPI Building Analyst Professional

August 20 @ 9:00 am - August 23 @ 5:00 pm
Aug 30

EarthCraft House Builder

August 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sep 04

Duct & Envelope Tightness Verification

September 4 @ 9:00 am - September 5 @ 5:00 pm
Sep 06
Sep 13

Fundamentals of Building Science

September 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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