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Project Info

Size4,687sq ft
The Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training (SWEET) Center, officially opened on October 26, 2010. A prime example of adaptive building reuse, this facility was previously a diaper laundry and an autobody shop. In early 2010, Southface undertook an extensive renovation to the building, equipping it to house the organization's growing number of weatherization and green building classes, workshops and other training programs. As a result of the renovation, the SWEET Center qualified for an EarthCraft Light Commercial green building certification, with significantly improved energy performance results. Located at Piedmont and North Avenues in downtown Atlanta, just blocks away from the award-winning Southface Eco Office, the SWEET Center welcomes thousands of building science trainees annually. It 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. The Southface SWEET Center is one of a small number of training centers in the nation to become an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Accredited Training Provider for our Energy Auditor, Quality Control Inspector, Retrofit Installer Technician and Crew Leader Training Programs. Upon successfully completing any of these training programs, graduates meeting pre-requisites are prepared to challenge the nationally recognized Home Energy Professional Certification exams from the Building Performance Institute based on Standard Workforce Specifications developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).