2013 Hanley Award Winner Dennis Creech's Work

The award-winning Southface Eco Office, located in downtown Atlanta, serves as an office, training, and demonstration facility. The LEED Platinum-certified structure is also one of the most sustainable office facilities in the world, using 84 percent less water and 53 percent less energy than a comparable facility built to code.

Creech has built relationships with leaders in manufacturing, building, and government. Here, he chats with Ray Anderson, the late founder of flooring company Interface and a proponent of industrial ecology and sustainability.

Under Creech's leadership, Southface has grown to a staff of 50.

Located in downtown Atlanta, the Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center houses Southface's weatherization and green building classes, workshops, and other training programs.

The SWEET Center provides practical, hands-on learning opportunities, teaches up-to-date weatherization techniques and testing protocols, and provides access to test equipment like blower doors and infrared cameras, as well as air sealing props, combustion appliance and duct leakage testing, and insulation installation opportunities.

Creech is a passionate advocate for sustainble affordable housing. He is especially proud of Oliver House, an 80-unit elderly housing community in Decatur, Ga., completed last summer. The EarthCraft-certified project features solar PV, geothermal heating and cooling and hot water, and rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.

The Serenbe mixed-use development outside of Atlanta, an EarthCraft-certified community, is a national model of land-use planning, water conservation, and high-performance building techniques.

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