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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

Dennis Creech receives the 2013 Hanley Award

About Us

Southface Co-founder and Executive Director Dennis Creech is the winner of the 2013 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary, lasting and far-reaching contributions to the advancement of sustainable housing in the United States.

Tags: Staff

Atlanta Rising to the Better Buildings Challenge

Green Building

The Better Buildings Challenge (BBC), announced by President Obama in 2011, is designed to integrate efficiency practices into our buildings that can lead to great benefits, including cost savings, avoided emissions, and a healthier economy. Through the BBC, the President is challenging CEOs, university presidents, state and local government leaders, and others to voluntarily commit their organizations to reduce their energy consumption by at least 20% by 2020.

Tags: Better Buildings Challenge

At last, Georgia Sees the Value of Solar

Renewable Energy

A few years ago, who would have thought Georgia was about to become a center of national significance for solar policy and leap other states on the deployment of solar PV? At the end of 2010, Georgia had 5.7 MW of solar, a paltry sum given its abundant sunshine. Based on a July 11 Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) ruling, the state should have over 800 MW by the end of 2016. The story of how this happened so fast …

Tags: Solar

Sustainable Development and Green Building – A Southern Perspective

Green Building

While this issue of the Southface Journal and the Greenprints Conference feature national thought leaders on sustainable development and green building, we felt it appropriate to hear a Southern perspective on these transformative trends. Dennis Creech has been executive director of Southface for 35 years. He helped incubate the EarthCraft program before the term green building was in the vocabularies of most design and construction professionals and he has participated in numerous initiatives at local, regional and national levels to …

Tags: EarthCraft, Energy Code, Energy Efficiency

Grants to Green: Greening Metro Atlanta Nonprofits since 2008

Green Building

Grants to Green was launched in 2008 as a partnership between The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Southface and The Kendeda Fund. The program provides assessment and implementation awards that evaluate and improve the operations of nonprofit facilities in the 23-county metro Atlanta area. Some of the opportunities identified in the assessment report can be completed immediately without financial or technical assistance. For infrastructure-intensive opportunities, organizations can also apply for an implementation grant to pay for the cost of effective …

Tags: Gooduse

Finding Common Ground with Historic Preservation: Notes from the Field

Green Building

In recent years there has been growing interest in both the green building and historic preservation communities to find practical solutions to energy use issues in historic structures. Design, construction, planning and preservation professionals are taking new approaches to old problems and common ground is being found. Here are a few examples of Southface’s recent energy efficiency work on historic structures. Historic Stone Mountain City Hall, Stone Mountain, GA Built from locally quarried granite, Stone Mountain’s historic city hall is …

Tags: Energy Efficiency, Historic Preservation