EARTHCRAFT

The EarthCraft green building certification program was developed by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface in 1999. EarthCraft is designed to address the challenging energy, water and climate conditions of the Southeast.

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"The EarthCraft program is not only a great program for building a greener and more sustainable product, but it also teaches the contractor to think outside the box and to construct a more efficient product by reducing waste of material and energy loss."

- Justin Carlton, Tower Construction

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 our 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.

EarthCraft House

icon-houseEarthCraft 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.
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EarthCraft Multifamily

icon-multifamilyEarthCraft Multifamily was the first multifamily-specific green building program in the nation. The program provides green building certification for low-rise and mid-rise multifamily projects including new construction, renovation, gut rehab and adaptive reuse. All EarthCraft Multifamily projects require dedicated fresh-air intakes for each unit. The certification results in an operationally cost effective building that is also energy, water and resource efficient.
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EarthCraft Renovation

icon-renovationEarthCraft 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 and builders in identifying the causes of common problems like uncomfortable rooms, high energy bills, poor indoor air quality and combustion safety issues so these can be addressed during the renovation process.
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EarthCraft Communities

icon-communitiesEarthCraft Communities was launched in 2005 to assist land developers and local government agencies to create sustainable market-rate and affordable housing communities. It guides projects toward either an urban grid design or a conservation clustered form with emphasis on energy and water efficient new construction; low-impact development; walkable design and community connectivity; transit-ready density; effective stormwater management; access to open space; and more.
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EarthCraft Light Commercial

icon-lightcommercialEarthCraft Light Commercial is a cost-effective and environmentally responsible building strategy for commercial buildings sized 25,000 square feet or less. The program provides a prescriptive pathway for achieving certification, which is achieved through independent third party site visits, testing and documentation. The program can be applied to both newly constructed buildings as well as most major renovations.
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EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation

icon-sustain-preservationEarthCraft Sustainable Preservation is a regional green building certification program created specifically for historic buildings. ECSP offers third-party certification for environmentally responsible design and construction practices for historic buildings in the Southeast. The program is designed to evaluate and highlight what is inherently sustainable about historic buildings while providing guidance on appropriate alterations to make them more energy and water efficient.
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Southface can help you achieve certification in any of these categories. Learn more about the EarthCraft program, or visit our Residential, Commercial or Communities Services pages to get in touch with us about your project.

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THE JOURNAL

Five Things You Might Not Know About EarthCraft Urbanism

Zipping through Atlanta’s tangled web of choked freeways, you can take any exit to see the most common form of development in America – the arterial strip highway and suburban homes. You’ll undoubtedly find a box gas station, box fast food, box hotel – all surrounded by acres of parking. The only place for you is inside a car or inside a building. Everything looks exactly the same, no matter where you go.

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EarthCraft Awards Celebrate “Well-Built for Well-Being” Excellence

Last night, 15 awards were presented as a part of EarthCraft’s annual Celebration of Excellence, which recognizes projects, teams, builders, contractors, and organizations that have excelled in their commitment to the EarthCraft program. Founded in 1999 by Southface and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, EarthCraft is a regional green building certification program focused on…

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Imery Group Home Receives DOE Housing Innovation Award

Advances in technology and the commodification of household amenities have begun to blend the concepts of “modern architecture” and “green building” together. For EarthCraft Builder Luis Imery, of Imery Group, design and construction are two components that are integral to the success of a project. Much of Imery’s focus has been on a holistic approach…

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