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The Opportunity for Green Affordable Housing

April is National Fair Housing Month, a perfect time to shine light on Atlanta’s affordable housing challenges. Like many cities in a rapidly urbanizing area, Atlanta’s growth and increasing desirability come at the cost of its affordable housing options. As housing prices steadily rise, the options for lower- and middle-income Atlantans become fewer. But there…

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Building Sustainable Cities

Bright lights and soaring towers make up Atlanta’s iconic skyline, but also represent an opportunity to tackle one of the planet’s most pressing issues: energy and water consumption. According to the Department of Energy, about 20 percent of the energy used in the U.S. goes to power commercial buildings, and the Environmental Protection Agency reports…

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Weaving Sustainability Into What We Wear

Textile production is a global, resource-intensive process that takes immense amounts of water, fossil fuels, and chemicals to produce just one piece of clothing. There’s an 85% chance that single item of clothing will end up in a landfill.   On May 4, Southface’s Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART) explores the environmental and social impact of…

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Speak for the Trees On International Day of Forests

In 2012 the United Nations designated March 21 as the International Day of Forests as a way to raise awareness on the global impact forests have on poverty eradication, environmental sustainability, and food security. According to the UN, forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, and about 1.6 billion people around the world…

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2018: Forecasting What’s To Come In Sustainability

2017 saw a lot of new technology and brought about a host of engaging conversations that redefined the direction of sustainability and environmental issues. From Tesla’s solar roof shingles to Living Product Certification, the past year was dynamic for the sustainability industry. 2018 will undoubtedly be no different as technology and science continue to shape…

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

  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…

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Smart Home Technology To Add To Your Holiday Wishlist

  Smart home technology tools have the power to save homeowners money and energy – all with the push of a smartphone button. A connected home gives its owner control over simple systems like lights and HVAC or more complex systems like garden irrigation and bathing options. But smart tech isn’t about having shiny new…

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EarthCraft Awards Celebrate “Well-Built for Well-Being” Excellence

Last night, 15 awards were presented as a part of EarthCraft’s annual Celebration of Excellence, which recognizes projects, teams, builders, contractors, and organizations that have excelled in their commitment to the EarthCraft program. Founded in 1999 by Southface and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, EarthCraft is a regional green building certification program focused on…

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Reliable is Proud to Offer ENERGY STAR Verified Installation in Georgia

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many utilities have prescriptive rebate programs that offer incentives for high efficient HVAC equipment. But nearly half of all heating and cooling equipment in U.S. homes never performs to its advertised capacity and efficiency due to poor design and incorrect installation. This means homeowners pay higher operating…

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