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.

UPCOMING COURSES

Aug 14

EarthCraft House Builder

August 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sep 12

EarthCraft House Builder

September 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Oct 26

EarthCraft House Builder

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dec 04

EarthCraft House Builder

December 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

THE JOURNAL

EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation Named a Finalist in 2017 Atlanta E3 Awards

EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation (ECSP), a partnership between Southface and The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, has been selected as a finalist in the Built Environment category for the 2017 Atlanta E3 Awards. The E3 Awards celebrate the companies, organizations and people who deserve recognition for their work in sustainable business practices. ECSP revitalizes underused or…

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Fulton Supply Lofts Earn Green Certification

Fulton Supply Lofts participated in the Georgia Power Home Energy Improvement Program, and based on improvements made to the existing shell and the high efficiency systems installed, this project saw efficiency improvements of over 30 percent per unit and was eligible for the maximum rebate under the 2013-2016 HEIP funding cycle. Fulton Supply Lofts are…

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EarthCraft Breathes New Life into Decatur Green Homes

Green certified home renovations are sure to become more common in Decatur starting this spring, thanks in large part to the research efforts of Southface’s EarthCraft team.
Last month, Southface conducted preliminary energy and cost-savings analyses of three recently renovated homes pursuing EarthCraft Renovation certification as part of the implementation of the City of Decatur’s “High Performance Building Standard,” requiring all new construction and commercial renovation meeting certain thresholds to be certified under a green building standard.

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