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

Solar Arrays: A Vegetable’s Best Friend?

A new study has found a beneficial relationship between solar arrays and agricultural areas. Many animals and vegetable crops can thrive with the partial shade from the solar arrays. In turn, farmers receive a financial benefit from switching to renewable energy. This symbiotic relationship is becoming known as an “agrivoltaic system.”

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By Southface Curator | November 12, 2019

Lessons Learned on Southface’s Journey to Zero Waste

The 3Rs—reduce, reuse and recycle—have been taught in many classrooms from elementary school. Unfortunately, most people skip steps “reduce” and “reuse” and immediately go to “recycle” or, worse yet, the trash can.But a world groaning under the volume of waste from its growing population needs to find solutions quickly. With changes in the international market for waste, this imperative continues to gain importance. Thankfully, the philosophy of “zero waste” is taking hold and offering real solutions to overflowing landfills.

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By Samantha Shaye | November 4, 2019

The Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Exceeds Goal

This article by Southface staffer, Joe Winslow, celebrates the Atlanta Better Building Challenge’s (ABBC) achievement in exceeding its goal to reduce energy and water consumption by 2020 and doing so way ahead of schedule.

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By Southface Curator | November 1, 2019

Buildings: the Next Opportunity for Carbon Reductions

Consumers, shareholders and employees are starting to demand that companies take responsibility for their carbon emissions. Since buildings contribute to nearly 40 percent of all carbon emissions, companies have an opportunity to make a real difference by building energy-efficient workplaces.

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By Southface Curator | October 18, 2019

Extreme Makeover for U.S. Power Grid as Renewables Increase

Clean energy is becoming mainstream, with roughly 15% of the electricity generated in the U.S. coming from sources like solar and wind. As renewable energy challenges the traditional methods of electricity generation, grid infrastructure is being updated so renewables can prosper—no easy task.

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By Southface Curator | October 16, 2019

Building Sustainable, Resilient Neighborhoods and Communities

Achieving sustainable systems in our cities and organizations takes community support and a multifaceted approach. Southface Institute’s work for resiliency and sustainability is three-tiered: green building that addresses climate change, supporting neighborhood resiliency and building stronger communities. Below, we’ve highlighted three of our programs that exemplify this approach.

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By Southface Staff | October 14, 2019

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