Is Your Campus Focused on Sustainability?

Having a hard time finding recycling bins on campus? Looking for a smarter way to get rid of food waste? If you’d like to see your school go green, you can make more of an impact than you might think. From community service opportunities to campus recycling programs, there are plenty of ways your college can promote sustainability on campus.

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By Southface Guest | January 24, 2020

The Changing Technological Landscape of LED Lighting

You may be using LED bulbs, but are you aware of how they’re evolving? LEDs are becoming a common replacement for incandescent and fluorescent lamps as a result of advancements in technology. Through smaller diodes, a more compact design and color tuning systems, LEDs not only maintain a standard of efficiency but have also seen environmental improvements. Developers are taking new steps to continue to ensure this technology remains sustainable throughout its lifecycle.

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By Southface Curator | January 22, 2020

Decarbonizing the Building Industry Through Design

There are many ways to measure the emissions of a buildings’ operations, but emissions associated with the materials and construction process, or embodied carbon, are often left unchecked. Construction requires the usage of many carbon-intensive materials, including concrete, steel, aluminum and glass. Assessing the building’s overall life cycle will aid architects in decarbonizing the building sector.

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By Southface Curator | January 15, 2020

The Housing Crisis’ Impact on Health and Well-Being

With 38 million Americans spending over 30% of their income on housing, access to attainable housing is not only about having a place to live. ZIP code can also determine a resident’s access to education, healthcare, healthy food, public transportation, and even a person’s life span.

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By Southface Curator | January 8, 2020

What the 2020 Georgia Energy Code Updates Mean for You
Starting January 1 there are new regulations to follow

Attention building professionals: Effective January 1, 2020, all new construction and renovations in Georgia must comply with new State Minimum Standard Energy Code, the first major revision of the energy code in nearly a decade. The new code includes substantial updates that will improve energy efficiency, as well as indoor air quality, moisture control, ventilation and occupant comfort in both residential and commercial buildings.

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By Sarah Mundell | December 31, 2019

Southface Institute – A Look Back on a Successful 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, Southface Institute is thankful for the victories that supporters have helped the nonprofit achieve in creating more sustainable homes, workplaces and communities here in Atlanta, in the Southeast and across the country. Here are a few of the standout accomplishments this year.

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By Southface Board of Directors | December 31, 2019

Diverse Architecture Teams Create Equitable Spaces

When designing a new space, we must take all backgrounds, values and needs into consideration to create meaningful architecture. Collaboration is key. Design principals, team leaders, associates and interns all need to be heard and feel safe enough to provide their unique perspectives to rethink design problems.

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By Southface Curator | December 20, 2019

New Technologies Use Carbon as Building Blocks

To address the increasing greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere, architects and designers are promoting the built environment as a solution to remove carbon dioxide from the air. Various manufacturers have innovated materials that are carbon-sequestering in their very composition. This creates opportunities for building professionals to use new forms of concrete, glass, plastic and others that help reduce emissions.

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By Southface Curator | December 11, 2019

More Battery Storage Needed for Reliable Clean Energy

Homes, workplaces and communities all want to be powered by clean energy at all times of the day–not just when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. Battery storage is essential in stabilizing a grid that provides consistent power. As the battery storage market grows and its prices decline, there will be an increasing need for new infrastructure.

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By Southface Curator | December 4, 2019

The Challenges of Urban Stormwater

Stormwater management is a pressing issue for any urban environment, and Atlanta is no different. Katherine Zitsch and Katherine Atteberry from the Atlanta Regional Commission talked with Southface about how stormwater concerns push urban areas to respond with creativity to both structural and social challenges.

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By Southface Staff | December 2, 2019

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