Program Highlights

  • Sustainable building certification for historic commercial, multifamily and single-family residential structures
  • Combined historic preservation principles with energy and water efficiency standards
  • Third-party field verification and diagnostic testing
  • Modest project registration costs
  • Program designed and implemented by building science experts
  • Streamlined verification process

EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation Fact Sheet

Program Costs

Single Family Price Breakdown
$150 flat fee to begin the EarthCraft House project registration process.

Multifamily Price Breakdown
1-3 stories with < 106 units: $75/unit
1-3 stories with > 106 units: $8,000.00
≥4 stories & ≤106 units: $85/unit
≥4 stories & > 106 units: $9,000.00

Light Commercial Price Breakdown
<10,000 sq ft:  $2,000
≥10,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft:  $4,000
≥30,000 sq ft to 50,000 sq ft:  $6,000
≥50,000 sq ft to 80,000 sq ft:  $12,000

Square footage is based on finished-condition square footage

EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation Technical Advisors (TAs)

Residential Projects (Single Family & Multifamily)
Light Commercial:

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EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation (ECSP)

Southface and The Georgia Trust developed the nation’s first green building certification program for historic buildings; Rhodes Hall was the first pilot project of the program.

EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation (ECSP) 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. Projects will receive technical guidance from green building and preservation experts helping to achieve customized solutions for more sustainable historic buildings. ECSP is specifically intended for historic building projects sized 50,000 square feet or less, however, all projects may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Getting Started

To officially begin an EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation project, each project must be registered prior to the Pre-Drywall Inspection. The registration fee is nonrefundable and does not guarantee the project will be certified. The totals below include EarthCraft administration fees, and they do not include any additional fees, as outlined by EarthCraft Technical Advisors or any additional technical assistance.

EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation Frequently Asked Questions

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