Atlanta Building News - Fall 2015 - (Page 7)

F RO M T HE PRESIDE N T The HBA Provides You Guidance on Going Green By Rob Myers The term "Energy Savings" projects gets oversold sometimes in the housing market. Sometimes energy savings is the last thing accomplished and spending more money is the only thing done. Since this issue is dedicated to green building, I thought it would be appropriate for me to focus attention on the amazing success of our EarthCraft House program. In 1999, HBA members building above-code homes wanted to gain recognition for their hard efforts in the market. To meet this demand, under the leadership of HBA past President Pam Sessions, we developed a green building committee and partnered with Southface to design and launch the EarthCraft green building certification program. Over the past 16 years, the program has grown in popularity as builders and homeowners increasingly appreciate the economic, environmental and health benefits of sustainably built homes. To date, 36,500 projects have been certified EarthCraft. EarthCraft has made significant strides in increasing access to healthy, affordable homes for those who need them the most. Last year, 75 percent of the nearly 5,000 EarthCraft homes certified in Georgia and Virginia qualified for low income tax credits. With almost 40,000 homes certified to date, the EarthCraft program is recognized as a leader in the green building industry on both national and local levels. A two-time winner of the National Association of Home Builder's Green Building Program of the Year, EarthCraft is the premier green building certification program in the Southeast. Six EarthCraft projects, including Glenwood Park and Serenbe, have been awarded the prestigious Atlanta Regional Commission's Development of Excellence Award. Most recently Emory Point, a Cousins Properties and Gables Residential joint venture, which includes EarthCraft Multifamily apartments and EarthCraft Light Commercial retail space, received the 2012 Atlanta Regional Commission's Development of Excellence Award for Infill Development. EarthCraft has made significant strides in increasing access to healthy, affordable homes for those who need them the most. Last year, 75 percent of the nearly 5,000 EarthCraft homes certified in Georgia and Virginia qualified for low income tax credits. Since its inception as EarthCraft House, the EarthCraft program has expanded to include certification options for multifamily housing, renovations, community development and light commercial buildings. EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation is currently in the pilot stage. This partnership with the Georgia Trust has the attention of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each of these programs addresses key elements of high performance building including durability, energy efficiency, water efficiency and indoor air quality. This diversity of green building certification options provides sustainable solutions that are impactful, implementable and profitable for builders and developers. By remaining adaptable in changing market conditions and collaborating with community partners, the EarthCraft program continues to build and transform the Southeast's built environment. We continue to partner with Southface to provide educational opportunities for our members seeking to enhance their company sustainability. Whether you are working to meet the newest energy code, evaluating which green building program is best for your company, or simply want to learn more about healthy, durable, resource-efficient homes, the HBA is here to help. To find out more about the EarthCraft program and trainings, please visit www.earthcraft.org. I look forward to hearing your success stories in going green. www.atlantahomebuilders.com 7 http://www.earthcraft.org http://www.atlantahomebuilders.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Atlanta Building News - Fall 2015

Letter from the President By Rob Myers
Education and Events Calendar
Energy Efficient, Healthy Homes Are Result of Sustainable Building Practices
LEGAL CORNER Georgia’s Open Meetings Law
EARTHCRAFT Move to the Head of the Class, Thanks to HB 57
EDUCATION The Greater Atlanta HBA Welcomes Rebecca Branstetter
HOMEAID ATLANTA A Busy Summer at HomeAid Atlanta
SALES AND MARKETING COUNCIL Delivering High Performance Homes
PWB ATLANTA CHAPTER Educate. Empower. Connect.
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com

Atlanta Building News - Fall 2015

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