Homeowner FAQs

What is EarthCraft?

The EarthCraft program, a green building certification facilitated in the state by Viridiant, provides a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment. Comprehensive, third-party verification and diagnostic testing ensures that all EarthCraft homes are a cut above the norm. By incorporating energy and resource efficient designs and systems, all EarthCraft certified homes demonstrate energy costs that are, on average, 30% below those of a typical new home, directly translating to monthly utility savings while lessening your impact on the environment.

Who is Viridiant?

Viridiant is the local non-profit that facilitates the implementation of the EarthCraft family of programs in the state. Partnered with Southface Energy Institute in Georgia, creators of the EarthCraft program, Habitat for Humanity Virginia, and the Home Builders Association of Virginia, Viridiant serves to support builders and homeowners in the development of sustainable, high-performance housing.

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Why is an EarthCraft house right for me?

EarthCraft homes have a variety of benefits for your family, your environmental footprint, and your wallet. You can expect more from your home with EarthCraft. Benefits include:

  • Significant savings on operating and maintenance costs.
  • Conservation of energy, water and natural resources.
  • A healthier living environment with improved indoor air quality.
  • A quieter home with increased comfort and enhanced durability.

Why should I consider buying or building an EarthCraft house?

Built specifically for the climate zone of the Southeast, EarthCraft certified homes are built for energy, water and resource efficiency, durability, and enhanced indoor air quality – all key factors in achieving a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. In addition, owning an EarthCraft home is a great financial decision. Homeowners save money from day one on utility bills and homes often spend less days on the market and sell  for higher resale value.

What is the difference between EarthCraft and other green building programs?

Unlike other national green building programs, an EarthCraft certified home is one that has been designed to suit the unique climate conditions of the Southeast (mixed-humid climate). EarthCraft projects are third-party certified, receiving a performance based energy model, two onsite inspections and diagnostic pressure testing. Homeowners can feel confident in their home’s performance with the quality assurance provided by EarthCraft.

Does it cost more to buy an EarthCraft house?

On average, Viridiant builders report an increase of 0.5 – 3% in construction cost. However, since EarthCraft homes can be more cost effective to own, this upfront cost can be quickly recovered.

How do I get started?

Want to build an EarthCraft House? Use the Find a Builder search function to locate an EarthCraft builder in your area and speak to them about certifying your new home with the EarthCraft program. If you’ve already identified a builder who isn’t currently involved in the program, we’d be happy to speak with the company to walk them through the process and get them started.

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