EarthCraft House

Greenhouse - Green Home - EarthCraft House

EarthCraft House is a voluntary green building program that focuses on providing and continually updating a standard for green home building practices and certification. EarthCraft homes are designed for healthy households that are energy efficient and protect the environment, while increasing long-term property value for years to come.

Launched in 1999, The EnergyCraft House Program was created in a partnership between Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA) and the Southface Energy Institute. Since the launch the EarthCraft Home Project, 4,000 single family homes and 1500 multi-dwelling units have been constructed using the program guidelines. EarthCraft House was recognized as the green program of the year in 2004 by the National Association of Home Builders.

The EarthCraft House certification process follows a checklist designed to verify that each EarthCraft home addresses property surveying and site planning, efficient energy practices and material. Furthermore EarthCraft Homes must meet proper waste management and indoor air quality. To qualify as an EarthCraft House, builders in good standing with the HBA must:

  • 1. Apply and join the EarthCraft House program
  • 2. Complete a one-day training program.
  • 3. Submit a preliminary plan outlining which EarthCraft House measures they anticipate for a specific house. EarthCraft uses this plan to provide design and construction advice - EarthCraft House recognizes that building materials prices and availability can change during construction, so they allow builders to adjust the measures selected as long as they still earn the minimum required points for certification.
  • 4. After construction is complete, builders submit a final worksheet that shows the selected measures.
  • 5. Required inspections by EarthCraft House staff verify selections prior to final diagnostic testing that measures the home's efficiency.