EarthCraft Light Commercial:
EarthCraft Light Commercial is a regional green building certification program offering third-party recognition for environmentally responsible design and construction practices for small-scale, or “light,” commercial buildings in the Southeast. The program focuses on site planning, energy and water efficiency, building durability, and improved occupant health and productivity. EarthCraft Light Commercial is best suited for commercial building projects sized 50,000 square feet or less, however all projects may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In Fall 2017, EarthCraft Light Commercial released EarthCraft Light Commercial version 2, which provides updated technical requirements and documentation adjustments. For a complete description of EarthCraft Light Commercial updates, please reference the program’s updated guidelines and worksheet.

EarthCraft Light Commercial v2.1 Guidelines

EarthCraft Light Commercial v2.1 Worksheet

EarthCraft Fit Out:
EarthCraft Fit Out certification offers third-party verification of sustainably constructed and designed commercial interior spaces. This specific certification option is targeted for restaurants, shops, or smaller office spaces that move into an already existing commercial spaces. For many of these tenants and property owners, a complete building renovation is not financially feasible. EarthCraft Fit Out is designed to bring energy and water efficiency, as well as building durability and improved indoor air quality to the space through an accessible and streamlined process.

EarthCraft Fit Out Worksheet

Program Highlights:

  • Affordable high performance third-party certification program
  • Collaborative Process
  • No energy model required
  • Energy and building code at foundation
  • Reduced paperwork with field-verification and diagnostic testing

Certification Process

1. Project Registration
The project team registers the project as early in the design phase as possible. Upon receipt of registration and payment, an ECLC Agreement Form will be generated for the owner or owner’s representative to sign. Once the ECLC Agreement Form is signed an ECLC Project Manager will be assigned. The ECLC Project Manager will then contact the primary project contact to schedule an initial ECLC Design & Planning Review meeting.

2. Design & Planning Review
The ECLC Project Manager will work to schedule a design meeting with key members of the project’s design team, including the projects architect, mechanical engineer/contractor, and owner’s representative. If the general contractor (GC) for the project has been identified at this stage in the process, it is recommended that they attend this meeting. This meeting is a “working” meeting, where the project team meets with the EarthCraft representatives to participate in a 3-4 hour review of the project’s plans. The design review is an opportunity to look carefully at the plans and determine how the ECLC program can be applied to the project. From this exercise, the team can ensure that all requirements can be met, and a tentative point total on the ECLC Worksheet can be determined.

3. Pre-Construction Meeting
Prior to construction, the GC (or primary project contact) must contact the ECLC Project Manager to schedule a Pre-Construction Meeting. The project’s construction manager and site superintendent are expected to be present for the meeting. HVAC and insulation subcontractors are encouraged to attend if available. The project goals and ECLC certification process will be discussed and review of the core requirements, required site visits, performance tests and methods of collecting information will be presented. The ECLC Worksheet will be updated as needed.

4. First Site Visit
After the building reaches dry-in status but prior to the installation of cavity insulation and interior wall finishes, the general contractor (GC) must contact the ECLC Project Manager to schedule this initial project walkthrough. The Construction Manager and Site Superintendent must be present during this visit. During inspection, the ECLC Project Manager will review project site strategies, building thermal envelope air-sealing measures, drainage plane/exterior insulation applications and duct sealing measures. All relevant worksheet requirements and point items that can be visually verified will also be documented. Once inspection is complete, an inspection report with photographs will be prepared and distributed to team.

5. Second Site Visit
After interior envelope insulation is in place but prior to inter-wall finishing material, the GC must contact the ECLC Project Manager to schedule the second site inspection. The Construction Manager and Site Superintendent must be present during this site visit. During inspection, the ECLC Project Manager will review building thermal envelope, insulation coverage, and inspect installed ductwork, mechanical systems and additional air sealing opportunities to increase the likelihood of success of final performance testing. All relevant worksheet requirements and point items that can be visually verified will also be documented. Once inspection is complete, an inspection report with photographs will be prepared and distributed to team.

6. Final Site Visit and Testing
Once construction is at a stage of substantial completion and all measures indicated on the project worksheet have been completed, the GC shall notify the ECLC Project Manager that the team is ready to schedule the final inspection. The Construction Manager and Site Superintendent must be present during this visit. During inspection, all required leakage tests will be performed and the team will participate in a final walkthrough of the building and project site. All relevant worksheet requirements and
point items that can be visually verified will also be documented. Once inspection is complete, an inspection report with photographs will be prepared and distributed to team. A final worksheet with notes regarding any missing documentation will be provided to the team for final documentation gathering.

7. Certification Application
Once all documentation has been complete and all requested remediated items from inspections have been resolved, the ECLC Project Manager will supply the project team with an ECLC Certification Application Form, which will state the certification level and points achieved. Upon receipt of the ECLC Certification Application Form, the team will be awarded an EarthCraft Light Commercial plaque to display on the building.

Program Costs:
To officially begin an EarthCraft Light Commercial project, each project must be registered prior to the Pre-Drywall Inspection. The registration fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee the project will be certified. The totals below include EarthCraft administration fees, and do not include any additional fees as outlined by EarthCraft Technical Advisors or any additional technical assistance. Fees include mandatory two years of building performance monitoring with Lucid Building OS.

Project Registration
Program Resources
ECLC FAQs

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