Atlanta Building News - Fall 2014 - (Page 10)

EarthCraft: 15 YEars of innovation By Southface Staff the earthCraft green building certification program was developed by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface in 1999. EarthCraft certification helps to ensure that buildings and communities in the region meet strict criteria for saving energy and water, ensuring high indoor air quality and protecting land and natural resources. To achieve an EarthCraft certification, a home or building is required to undergo independent third-party verification by a qualified technical advisor to confirm that it meets program requirements. In recognition of its 15th anniversary this year, here's a look at how the 10 FAll 2014 | AtlAntA Building news program has grown in size and scope and what has helped it reach the level of success it has achieved today. EarthCraft House is a residential green building program intended for single-family detached homes, townhomes and duplexes. With average energy costs 28 percent lower than the typical new home, EarthCraft houses are cost effective, durable, comfortable and water, energy and resource-efficient. To date, over 8,100 EarthCraft Houses have been certified in the Southeast. As part of the program development in 1999, Hedgewood Properties built seven pilot homes in three neighborhoods: Kingsboro and Edmund Park in Atlanta, and Hampton in Cumming, Georgia. "The flexibility of the program has enabled us to vary how we met the EarthCraft House criteria at different sites." Hedgewood's President Pam Sessions said, "We found that the cost of improvements is easily offset in financial savings for the homeowner and there is much value added at no additional cost." EarthCraft Renovation provides clear guidelines for renovations or additions to existing homes, with the goal of saving energy and water while improving indoor air quality. EarthCraft Renovation also assists homeowners

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Atlanta Building News - Fall 2014

From the President
Education and Events Calendar
Energy Saving Projects
Legal Corner
The Housing Institute
Homeaid Atlanta
50+ Housing Council
Sales and Marketing Council
Pwb Atlanta Chapter
Index to advertisers/

Atlanta Building News - Fall 2014