Within the reality of climate change, major themes emerge: changes to our global community health; changes in our food, water and energy systems; changes in the global economy and supply chain – the list goes on. While all of these changes do not affect everyone all of the time, as a global community, we must…Read More
The first policy recommendation from the Department of Planning’s Tiny House Feasibility Study, also championed by Hall, allowing for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in areas zoned for duplexes passed City Council on Monday. “Embracing the tiny house movement in Atlanta will help expand the diversity of our housing choices and provide more affordable housing…Read More
Atlanta has long struggled to provide sustainable infrastructure and transit options to all residents, businesses and commuters, particularly its most vulnerable communities on the west and south sides of the city. Historically, underinvestment in public transportation has left communities cut off from centers of commerce, employment, entertainment and recreation – essentially requiring reliance on single-occupant…Read More
The Atlanta Audubon Society has announced that they will be working with the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) to create a new, voluntary program called Lights Out Atlanta. The program hopes to educate people about reducing the number of bird deaths in Atlanta due to unnecessary light use. According to the Atlanta Audubon Society, an…Read More
Since 1998, Greenprints has brought together thought leaders in sustainability throughout the Southeast and beyond to discuss building performance, energy policy, community design and more. In that tradition, we were honored to have Rob Bennett as our 2017 keynote. Bennett, a recognized leader in the sustainable cities movement, is CEO of EcoDistricts, and his keynote…Read More
Tiny Houses are seeing strong progress in Atlanta. Current code and zoning ordinances make Tiny Houses throughout most of the city either fully illegal or not feasible. Southface has worked closely with the City of Atlanta Office of Planning and Community Development on a Tiny House feasibility study, examining the policy barriers and code obstacles…Read More
On behalf of everyone at Southface we would like to thank you for your participation in this year’s Greenprints Conference! Thanks to you, this year’s conference was an overwhelming success with more than 350 participants. Special thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors who helped make the event valuable for all attendees! This is a collection of…Read More
Atlanta, GA – March 9, 2017 – Southface has long understood the value of partnership in creating sustainable homes, workplaces and communities. With a call for “Raising Consciousness, Tipping the Balance,” the Southface Fulcrum Awards program was designed to recognize people, programs, buildings, movements, organizations and more that all demonstrate excellence in pursing Southface’s vision:…Read More
This article was originally posted in the SaportaReport Thought Leaders section in February, 2017. Southface has made its name as a technical service provider and expert in the high performance built environment. While it’s true that we provide technical services, support and consulting on commercial, residential and community scale projects, Southface has long been engaged…Read More
Green certified home renovations are sure to become more common in Decatur starting this spring, thanks in large part to the research efforts of Southface’s EarthCraft team.
Last month, Southface conducted preliminary energy and cost-savings analyses of three recently renovated homes pursuing EarthCraft Renovation certification as part of the implementation of the City of Decatur’s “High Performance Building Standard,” requiring all new construction and commercial renovation meeting certain thresholds to be certified under a green building standard.