The EarthCraft Communities program addresses low-impact development, site selection, land disturbance, water quality and quantity management, energy, transportation infrastructure, community design, green space preservation and more. In addition, all buildings within an EarthCraft Community must be certified through the EarthCraft House, Multifamily or Light Commercial programs.

EarthCraft Communities program administrators perform regular site visits, facilitate conceptual design charrettes and provide each project green building trainings for residents, property managers, builders and/or realtors.

In 2005, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Urban Land Institute, Atlanta District Council and Southface launched the EarthCraft Communities program – a certification system for sustainably planned and constructed communities. The program emphasizes energy- and water-efficient new homes and buildings, low-impact development, walkable design and community connectivity, transit-ready density, effective stormwater management, access to open space, and more.

Program Costs:

To officially begin an EarthCraft Communities project, each project must be registered prior to the Design Review Submittal. 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.
•  ECC Project Registration: $5,000 USD flat rate