Industry News

5 Things You Might Not Know About EarthCraft Urbanism

By David Bailey 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 …

EarthCraft Celebrates “Well-Built for Well-Being” Excellence

Last week, 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 …

One State Leads the Way in Zero Energy Homes – You Probably Know Which One

Recent reports from the Net-Zero Energy Coalition indicate that net-zero energy homes are becoming more popular, thanks in large part to changing local energy standards and specifications. “Net-zero energy homes,” more simply known as “zero energy homes,” produce enough energy to meet its total energy consumption needs, as explained by the Department of Energy (DOE). …

Health Benefits of Residential Energy Efficiency

Residential energy efficiency (EE) program administrators and other stakeholders are increasingly interested in understanding the potential occupant health benefits of EE upgrades in homes, and the methodologies to fully value health co-benefits in EE program cost-effectiveness practices. Interest is growing in exploring opportunities to work with health partners to leverage the EE workforce to improve …

Happy Birthday Southface

Looking Back to SUN Day, May 3, 1978: Southface’s First Birthday The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 changed the public’s perception of the environment. However, while the production and use of energy was a major driver behind many of the serious global and local environmental challenges of the day, few in the environmental …

EarthCraft Virginia now Viridiant

EarthCraft’s partner in Virginia has undergone some exciting new program changes including a name change and an increased focus on different aspects of sustainability while maintaining its commitment to the EarthCraft program. EarthCraft Virginia is transforming to serve an even broader audience by expanding efforts in education, consultation and certification. They will continue to serve hundreds …

New HVAC Training Avaliable

Designing and Installing High-Performance HVAC Systems the EarthCraft Way Due to recent interest, a new EarthCraft HVAC training has been scheduled. The training will take place at Southface’s SWEET Center on May 26, from 9AM to 5PM. The focus of the course will be creating high performance HVAC systems using EarthCraft’s above code standards as guidance. …

Lower Interest Rates for EarthCraft Multifamily

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface are pleased to announce that Fannie Mae will reward multifamily properties with a green building certification, such as EarthCraft Multifamily, with a lower interest rate. EarthCraft is one of several certifications recognized under Fannie Mae’s Green Financing Solutions program, which also includes LEED, ENERGY STAR® and Enterprise’s …

EarthCraft: 15 Years of Innovation

Published in the Atlanta Building News  – content contributed 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 …