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EarthCraft Virginia Lecture Series

We are thrilled to launch our second lecture series this fall with lectures on building codes, indoor air quality, energy monitoring and more! With nearly 12,000 families living in EarthCraft residences, EarthCraft staff and guest speakers are eager to share their lessons learned and best practices.
Join us for a free lecture led by industry experts on the third Thursday of every month from 8:00—9:30 AM. Lectures will be held at Gather, 409 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219.
We are also excited to announce that these lectures (all except April’s lecture) will also be hosted as webinars to accommodate our colleagues across the state. Webinars will be hosted from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM on the same day as the in-person lecture, the third Thursday of the month. To cover the cost of offering this service, the webinar option requires a minimal fee.

Introduction to ACCA Manual J/D/S button-register
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
In-person from 8 – 9:30 AM, Via webinar from 11 AM – 12 PM
Paigh Bumgarner & Clay Bowles, EarthCraft Virginia

The focus of this presentation will be to identify the critical input requirements and process for accurate load calculations and duct design applications. This lecture will demonstrate the importance of these calculations and the essential function they serve for high performance homes and energy efficient HVAC systems. Building professionals will gain knowledge related to the most efficient sizing for heating and cooling equipment as well as other critical components to ensuring optimal occupant comfort and durability of the project. We’ll also review one of the most common software reports (and Elite) for a comprehensive overview.

Introduction to “Minisplit” Heat Pumps button-register
Thursday, January 15th, 2015
In-person from 8 – 9:30 AM, Via webinar from 11 AM – 12 PM
John Semmelhack, Owner, Think Little & Technical Advisor, EarthCraft Virginia

This lecture will provide an overview of the fastest growing market segment in the residential HVAC industry – “minisplit” heat pumps. While still new to many North Americans, these variable capacity, variable refrigerant flow heat pumps are the dominant type of heat pump in the rest of the world and offer several advantages for high performance homes and multi-family apartments. Semmelhack will dig into the details on ductless as well as ducted options, single-split vs. multi-split designs, sizing and over-sizing, energy efficiency and cost with a focus both on multi-family as well as single-family applications.

Residential Water Heating button-register
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
In-person from 8 – 9:30 AM, Via webinar from 11 AM – 12 PM
Philip Agee, EarthCraft Virginia
*Note: This lecture is held on the 4th Thursday of the month (not the 3rd).
There is a direct correlation between water and energy. Similar to our HVAC systems, water heating needs to be understood from a systems approach. A tankless water heater, standard piping system and low-flow fixtures may lead to a significant waste of water and energy. Learn how to deliver hot water to any fixture in your home within 3-4 seconds. It’s pretty simple and doesn’t require any new technology, but it does require you to think outside the box. It will save you energy, water, and money.

Energy Monitoring button-register
Thursday, March 19th, 2015
In-person from 8 – 9:30 AM, Via webinar from 11 AM – 12 PM
Philip Agee, EarthCraft Virginia

When you drive your car you get real time feedback around how fast you are driving, fuel you are consuming, oil pressure, miles per gallon, etc. With buildings we get our feedback once a month in the form of a bill. The next low hanging fruit in energy savings could be the way to live/manage the house, so we need real time feedback. Learn about energy monitoring systems and how they can help builders hone their product and leverage a unique marketing advantage, give homeowners a tool to better manage their investment, and let energy geeks be geeks with data.

House as a System Applied: EarthCraft House Visit button-register
Thursday, April 16th, 2015
In-person only from 8 – 9:30 AM, house location TBD
EarthCraft Virginia Technical Staff
Join us for the culmination of our lecture series by visiting a recently certified EarthCraft House.  EarthCraft Technical Staff will explain critical components of an EarthCraft house and will demonstrate the diagnostic testing (blower door, duct leakage, room to room pressure mapping, and ventilation testing) used to verify building performance.  Special attention will be given to the maintenance practices necessary to maintain high performance housing.


Annual EarthCraft Virginia Float Trip

June 27th – 29th, 2014

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Fourth Annual Float Trip, which was hosted the weekend of June 27th – 29th. We had a blast!

Thanks to our 2014 Float Trip Partners and Sponsors!

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Earth Day 5K Race Without a Trace

Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2014 Richmond Earth Day 5K Race Without a Trace! It was a great event with perfect weather, great turnout and lots of fun.

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Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards

EarthCraft Virginia hosted its 5th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards on April 1st, 2014 at the SunTrust Building in Richmond to recognize the region’s premiere developers, builders, architects, government officials and other industry professionals for their work in 2013.

Meet the winners!

Winners were awarded based on projects completed in 2013. This year’s award winners include:

  • Single Family Builder of the Year: Southern Development Homes – Charlottesville, VA
  • Single Family Project of the Year: “Near Net-Zero” home in  Montpelier, VA – Bain-Waring Builders
  • Newbie Single Family Builder of the Year: Abbott & Co. General Contractors – Charlottesville, VA
  • Multifamily New Construction of the Year: Beckstoffer’s Mill, Richmond, VA – Better Housing Coalition
  • Multifamily Renovation of the Year: Scottsville School Apartments, Scottsville, VA – Piedmont Housing Alliance
  • Multifamily Developer of the Year: Fairfield Residential – San Diego, CA
  • Habitat for Humanity Affiliate of the Year: Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity – Richmond, VA
  • Most Energy Efficient Project of the Year: “Net-zero ready” home in  Montpelier, VA – Bain-Waring Builders
  • Visionary Award: Chuk Bowles, Co-founder of EarthCraft Virginia – Richmond, VA