Our Impact – 2011 wrap up!
2011 was a big year for EarthCraft as we certified over 1,000 projects (single family and multifamily) in Virginia. Much thanks goes out to our builders, developers, and all other involved professionals for your work and dedication to green building.
Certified 1,600 total Single Family Homes to date
3rd Annual Awards Ceremony Accepting Nominations
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! We are now accepting nominations for our 3rd Annual Awards Ceremony. Nominate an exceptional project or person today!
The Sustainable Leadership Awards is EarthCraft Virginia’s signature event to recognize the region’s premiere developers, builders,architects, government officials and other industry professionals drawing over 150 individuals.
Want to attend? We’d love to have you! Click here to register.
Eagle Construction wins "Best Design Center"
Congratulations to Eagle Construction. Eagle has also won EarthCraft Awards two years in a row!! Thanks for your contribution to the home building industry.
On Wednesday night at the international building show NAHB National Sales & Marketing Council in Orlando, FL, Eagle Construction won top honors. With competition from all over the United States and Canada, Eagle brought home the gold for the “Best Design Center” in North America.
If you have not had a chance to visit the facility, please stop by. The Design Center is open 7 days a week from 11am-6pm. 2240 Old Brick Road Richmond,VA 23060
Construction Spending in U.S. Climbs Most in Four Months in Stability Sign
Construction spending in the U.S. rose in December at the fastest pace in four months, reflecting broad- based gains that signal the industry is stabilizing.
Building outlays increased 1.5 percent, the biggest gain since August, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median estimate of 51 economists in a Bloomberg survey called for a 0.5 percent rise.
How Green is Richmond
Once, there was a city that looked very green. Through it ran a great river where kayakers gamboled and herons soared. Farmers’ markets overflowed with local tomatoes and grass-fed beef. The city proudly pointed to its solar-powered trash cans and its natural-gas-powered trash trucks and its future fleet of electric cars. Coffee shops served organic-milk lattes in compostable cups. Read More
Leading the Way to Green
Nine years ago the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), Virginia’s housing finance agency, became concerned about the construction quality, attractiveness, and durability of the state’s tax credit developments.
Lynchburg High apartments unveils renovations
This year, Lynchburg High has been undergoing an extensive renovation, its first since the 1970s.
New addendum could help appraisers give credit for green features
The three-page Appraisal Institute form should guarantee at the minimum that an appraiser will take notice of a home’s energy improvements and seek to come up with a value adjustment for local market conditions.
Atlanta Partnership Makes Green Homes Affordable
The biggest hurdle in owning or renting a “green” home has been having enough green to afford it.
A new partnership between The Home Depot Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., the City of Atlanta and Southface is hoping to get more low-income homebuyers into hundreds of EarthCraft-certified homes, which carry the “green” designation. The partners’ Green Home Advantage program Tuesday showcased an energy efficient three-bedroom model home at 1223 Spring Park Drive with an affordable $152,000 price tag.
The green designation could make homeownership even more affordable. Buyers of EarthCraft homes can save more than a third of what they spent on utilities in previous homes because they meet certain energy and water efficiencies, said Valerie Fountaine, project manager for Atlanta’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), which helps redevelop distressed city property. Those utility savings could be considerable in Atlanta, which has some of the nation’s highest water rates.
“Research has shown that low-income households pay four times as much of their monthly household income on utilities payments as an average U.S. household,” said Meaghan Shannon-Vlkovic vice president and southeast market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Interested buyers are encouraged to apply for home purchases through the NSP. But there are income restrictions and eight hours of homebuyer education classes is required, said Fountaine.
Metro Atlanta, like much of the nation, is grappling with the aftermath of the housing bust and the Great Recession.
“Our foreclosure counseling work gives us a daily perspective on the financial strain people are going through right now,” said John Coleman Jr., director of real estate development at Resources for Residents and Communities, which developed the property.
For information on purchasing a home with NSP assistance visit atlantaga.gov
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Green homes are not just about LEED
The LEED rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council receives a lot of attention and discussion and is currently the dominant player in commercial green building construction.