Building Research

Building research is a key piece of the Southface mission. Our engineers and design staff study appropriate technologies, building performance and occupant health and well-being. 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 over 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 actual 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 calculated values helps refine models and identify new technical advances that lead to more efficient buildings.

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Thu 09

Understanding Heat Transfer Webinar

April 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue 14

Air Movement Basics Webinar

April 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thu 16

Moisture Managed Webinar

April 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue 21

Insulation Installation Information Webinar

April 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm



Southface Awarded Grant to Research Indoor Air Quality in Homes

Building America, a Department of Energy program, awarded Southface a grant to investigate indoor air quality (IAQ) in new and existing homes. Working with key industry experts, Southface expects to research the anticipated link between IAQ and chronic health problems.

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Small Commercial Buildings Benefit from ACBI

Over the past three years, Southface has conducted research on the small commercial building sector through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Advanced Commercial Building Initiative (ACBI) aims to demystify building systems and remove barriers to resource efficiency. The small commercial sector (buildings less than 50,000 sq. ft.) has long been a…

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Your Next Prescription: Healthy Homes

Nationally, building scientists and healthcare professionals are learning that both common and more obscure irritants can be addressed in environmental home assessments and interventions, improving both the comfort and health of our indoor environments. Southface is positioning itself at the forefront of this movement.

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