All EarthCraft Homes average a 30% reduction in energy usage compared to a typical code built home. In addition to their outstanding energy performance, EarthCraft homes are durable, comfortable, and both water-and resource-efficient.
In 1999, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface launched EarthCraft House, a regional residential green building program designed to address the climate conditions of the Southeast. A blueprint for creating and maintaining energy- and resource-efficient living environments, the EarthCraft House program is intended for residential, light commercial and communities.
EarthCraft House certifications are determined through a points-based worksheet, which allows builders to select the sustainability measures that are best suited for their project. Worksheet items address proper site planning, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, resource-efficient building materials, indoor air quality, water conservation, homebuyer education, and all are verified during site visits and inspections. EarthCraft-certified homes must also pass diagnostic tests for air infiltration and duct leakage standards. EarthCraft Technical Advisors provide technical assistance to the builder during the initial design review and throughout project design and construction.
To participate in the single-family new construction program, builders first attend a one-day training that provides an overview of the program and basic building science approaches. Builders then apply to join the program. Once accepted, they are partnered with an EarthCraft Technical Advisor (TA) in their area who will work with them throughout the construction process.
Affordable Housing through Habitat for Humanity Virginia:
In 2007, a partnership between EarthCraft Virginia and Habitat for Humanity Virginia was formed to fulfill a common ambition. The common goal was to design and build energy efficient homes.
Together, Habitat for Humanity Virginia and EarthCraft has lowered homeowners’ utility bills by an average of 30%. Since its inception, EarthCraft has dispelled the myth that “green costs too much.” The EarthCraft program takes a practical approach to constructing environmentally responsible projects, making them accessible to a variety of market sectors, including affordable housing. EarthCraft assures energy and water savings, healthier indoor air quality, and reduced maintenance and utility costs – attributes that are critical to moderate and lower income residents. Through its affordable housing work, EarthCraft ensures that the benefits of green building reach those who need them the most. Since the beginning of the relationship, Habitat constructed homes have less maintenance than a traditional code built home. In addition, Habitat homes are able to offer superior indoor air quality to their residents. Since the start of this partnership Habitat for Humanity Virginia affiliates have certified over 220 homes.
EarthCraft Virginia has assisted Habitat affiliates across the State of Virginia with design and technical guidance. Together, we have produced healthy, affordable, and sustainable homes and neighborhoods.
*list of all the VA affiliates that are 100% committed to building EC Houses
If you are interested in further distinguishing your projects, consider these additional designations:
$950 plus $0.15/square-foot over 3000 sq. ft. $200 is due at the time of registration.
To register your EarthCraft House project please visit our resources page
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