Southface Institute: Blog

Welcome to the Southface Journal – Winter 2014


This article originally appeared in the Saporta Report Thought Leaders section in April, 2016. All of us know someone with a chronic respiratory illness like asthma, and we know how frustrating and sometimes debilitating it can be. While many of us know pollens, dust, pet dander and tobacco smoke are asthma triggers, most aren’t aware of lesser-known issues like changes in household air temperature, humidity and emotional anxiety. Nationally, building scientists and healthcare professionals are learning that both common and …

Tags: Solstice

New Trends in Home Technology

Green Building
Green Technology

Southface’s long-term research interests in this project are to analyze the performance of two unique features of this home over the course of a year and expand the knowledge of actual field performance of these emerging technologies.

Tags: EarthCraft, Energy Star

SART: 2014 Environmental Legislative Update


What you can expect from the legislature this year in the wake of the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative, the end of a drought and the failure of the Transportation Investment Act?

Tags: SART

Southface Announces 2014 Board of Directors

About Us

“We value our board members’ diverse perspectives and broad range of skills and appreciate their contributions to Southface’s development and success,” said Southface Executive Director and Cofounder Dennis Creech.

Tags: Staff

Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station Charrette

Green Building

Southface and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) facilitated a four-day Transit Oriented Development (TOD) charrette in October of 2013, focused on the redevelopment of the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station parking lots.

Tags: Transit

SART: The Georgia Coast


The Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable convenes on the first Friday of each month to discuss the region’s current environmental issues – from water to energy, urban planning to government policy, and much more. Members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions, make comments, network, and learn about Atlanta’s current and future opportunities for sustainable development.

Tags: Conservation, SART

2013 EarthCraft Awards

Green Building

The 2013 EarthCraft Awards were presented by David Ellis, executive vice president of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, and Dennis Creech, executive director of Southface, in the company of over 100 green building design and construction industry leaders at Emory Point on October 30.

Tags: EarthCraft

Spray Foam Helps Light Commercial Projects Achieve Multiple Goals

Green Building

The installation of continuous thermal barriers and air barriers along the building envelope are two high-impact strategies for energy efficiency. Spray foam insulation (SPF) is an exciting option for commercial buildings due to the combined benefits of air sealing and insulation in a single product, complete filling of cavities, relative ease of installation and superior noise reduction.

Tags: Building Science, EarthCraft

Southface Sustainability Circle Member Spotlight: Stevens & Wilkinson

About Us
Green Building

Founded in 1919, Stevens & Wilkinson has earned a reputation as an industry leader in innovation and design. As a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm, Stevens & Wilkinson offers design solutions that set a high standard for community growth and development. Their diverse portfolio of work includes projects for education, government, office/workplace, historic preservation, healthcare, military, and mixed use/urban housing.

Tags: Interior Design, LEED

Greening Rhodes Hall

Green Building

In the fall of 2012, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation received funding from Grants to Green to implement recommendations that were made during the assessment. The Trust is currently using these funds to install an efficient HVAC system and to upgrade insulation in the basement and attic.

Tags: Historic Preservation