All EarthCraft Homes average a 30% reduction in energy usage compared to a typical code built home. In addition to their outstanding energy performance, EarthCraft homes are durable, comfortable, and both water-and resource-efficient.
EarthCraft Multifamily is the country’s first multifamily-specific green building program. It addresses both newly constructed multifamily projects and renovations. The result is Multifamily communities that are healthy operationally cost effective, as well as energy, water and resource efficient. In addition, each EarthCraft Multifamily unit has its own dedicated fresh-air intake for optimum indoor air quality.
EarthCraft Renovation provides guidelines for renovations or additions to existing homes, with the goal of saving energy and water while improving indoor air quality. EarthCraft Renovation also helps homeowners and builders address the causes of problems such as uncomfortable rooms, high energy bills and poor indoor air quality.
The EarthCraft Communities program guides housing development projects toward a sustainable design and function – one that includes features like walkability, community connectivity, transit-ready density and access to open spaces. EarthCraft Communities also emphasizes energy-and water-efficient homes and buildings, and effective storm water management.
EarthCraft Virginia is pleased to announce the launch of its Net-Zero Certification program. The program will certify any residential building that produces at least as much energy as it uses in a year, when accounted for at the site, measured annually. Now in its pilot stage, this program is the first of its kind in the U.S. to offer two-part certification, including initial verification during design and construction as well as final certification of the house after one year of occupancy and energy usage/generation analysis.
LEED, for Homes, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
ENERGY STAR® is a national program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR offers a comprehensive approach to reducing energy use and costs for new and existing homes and commercial buildings, while creating healthier, more comfortable spaces for their occupants. EarthCraft Virginia can help you understand the requirements of the ENERGY STAR program.