The Nuts & Bolts of Decatur’s High Performing Building Standard

Communities
Green Building
  In 2015, the City of Decatur passed a unified development ordinance (UDO) requiring all new residential and commercial construction to be “green certified.” Known as Decatur’s High Performance Building Standard, the regulation aims to move the City of Decatur towards a more sustainable future, focusing on high quality, high performing buildings and wellbeing for …

Boynton Village Re-Opens as Stanton Oaks

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Green Building
The rehabilitation of Boynton Village, now known as Stanton Oaks, enabled the rebirth of a beloved community desperately in need of capital improvements to allow citizens to have a place they could call home.

Hope and Will’s Room Promotes Health and Wellbeing at Southeastern Designer Showhouse

Green Building
"Hope and Will's Room," located on the terrace level, is the result of thoughtful collaboration between Rabaut Design Associates and Southface. The room increases public awareness of the impact our buildings have on our wellbeing by implementing evidence-based design standards such as biophilic design for improved health, and by specifying no- to low-VOC and Red List Free items to minimize exposure to harsh chemicals.

Energy Efficiency Takes up Residence at Atlanta’s Historic Imperial Hotel

Green Building
Atlanta’s historic Imperial Hotel, one of the city’s few remaining Chicago style buildings constructed around the turn of the century, recently reopened as The Commons at Imperial Hotel, featuring 90 units serving low and moderate income residents, many of whom have special needs.

Health aspects of LEED certification

Building Health
Green Building
The USGBC’s goal is to provide a program that gives building teams tools to develop high-performance, healthy living spaces. Southface utilizes this tool to provide technical assistance and sustainability consulting services for many clients interested in providing healthy environments in their homes, school, offices, and clinics.

Integrated Design: A Case Study of Weatherford Place

Green Building
The residential workshop took place at Weatherford Place, a Solar Community of EcoCraft Hybrid™ Homes in Roswell designed and constructed by Cadmus Construction. The development has achieved the first Platinum Level LEED for Homes Certification in Georgia, a pioneering feat attained by only five percent of LEED for Homes certification recipients nationwide.

Southface Sustainability Circle Member Spotlight: Stevens & Wilkinson

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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.

Thought Leaders on Sustainable Development Part III

Communities
By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will reside in cities. This shift from rural communities uniquely positions cities to become hubs for innovation and incubators for sustainable development solutions. While indicators show the economy to be in recovery, sustainability agendas continue to fall victim to strained city budgets. Lack of political will and …