Building research is a key piece of the Southface mission. Our engineers and design staff study appropriate technologies, building performance and occupant health and wellbeing. Our research programs keep us on the cutting edge of the sustainability movement and environmental thought leadership, and provide invaluable public-private partnership opportunities to connect federal and state funding with companies looking to enter a new market, test new products or find new applications for their technology within building systems.
How We Can Help
The Southface staff of engineers, energy researchers and building science experts is actively engaged in researching advanced building technologies. With nearly 40 years of applied building science experience, Southface specializes in bringing advanced building concepts to reality. Using cutting-edge simulation tools to model heat and moisture in buildings, our team can help you to accurately predict the real-life energy consumption of your buildings.
Many Southface research projects employ short-term and long-term monitoring to confirm and characterize building performance. In addition to monitoring building and system performance, we undertake an array of diagnostic tests on a wide variety of buildings as part of our field research work. Our data-based confirmation of theoretical predictions helps refine models and identify new technical advances that lead to more efficient buildings.
Does a building really have to be built to a premium sustainability standard to use and benefit from performance-boosting strategies? BIT Building, a new program from Southface Institute, has a plan to help everyday buildings of all types and ages, whether commercial buildings, non-profits, schools or religious spaces, dramatically improve their building performance.Read More
For EarthCraft, 2017 was a year of growth and sustained commitment to improving high performance, energy efficiency, and environment stewardship in buildings throughout the community. If we had to describe 2017 in a single word, it would be “impact.” Over the past 12 months, EarthCraft has worked to expand the reach of the green building…Read More
The EarthCraft Light Commercial program is about to get “retrofitted.” This month, the EarthCraft Light Commercial (ECLC) team is pushing out its certification program for commercial interior spaces. Referred to as EarthCraft Fit Out, the new certification option is closely aligned with the Light Commercial arm of the EarthCraft program but focuses specifically on…Read More