Support HB 1565

Local Tax and Regulatory Incentives; Green Development Zones

HB 1565 is a by-partisan bill patroned by Del. Webert and co-patroned by Del. Keam that enables municipalities to elect local tax and regulatory incentives for Green Development Zones. EarthCraft certification is a pathway provided to meet that designation. As we’ve seen with The Impact on Energy Efficient Design and Construction on LIHTC in Virginia, the EarthCraft family of programs effectively achieves real energy savings. Green development zones, often refered to as “eco-districts” can leverage economic development dollars to attract sustainable businesses and grow green jobs.

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Free Bulletin: Benchmarking

People quantify many aspects of the world around them – from the fuel economy of vehicles to their heart rate while exercising. Benchmarking has become increasingly commonplace, but it has lagged behind in the building sector even though it is easier to do than many might think. In this bulletin, we show how to get started with building benchmarking and how to use the data to make more informed decisions.

Download the FREE bulletin from October’s lecture which provides resources to help building owners, renters and homeowners better understand the value of benchmarking.

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Viridiant Fall 2016 Newsletter

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Fall 2016
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looking back on 2015

The Governor’s Housing Policy Advisory Council recently released the 2015 Economic Impact of the Virginia Housing Industry showing housing as the 6th largest private sector industry. The collective work of our industry is responsible for $47.8 billion of economic activity in 2015, and, as the study notes, “this activity supported over 314,000 jobs paying more than $14 billion in annual wages, salaries, and benefits.” Viridiant is very proud to be a part of this strong industry sector and to contribute to the economic vitality of Virginia’s housing market.

Interested in learning more about all the ways that Viridiant contributes? We are pleased to share our 2015 Annual Report (see below) with specifics on certification numbers, energy savings, our strategic plan, relevant research and more.

Economic, environmental and structural sustainability serve as the foundation for all of our efforts within the housing arena. Having served nearly 20,000 families since we began over a decade ago, we know that through education and technical support, we can reduce a family’s monthly housing expenditures, allowing families to invest in their future and community. This, combined with the reduced impact on our environmental resources, will serve a healthier, more sustainable future.

If you have participated in this effort, we thank you. If you believe in this work, I encourage you to invest in our future through the gift of a charitable donation.

All the best,

KC Bleile
KC Bleile
Executive Director

2015 Annual Report

Viridiant’s 2015 Annual Report, presenting highlights and financial results from our past year, was mailed to our supporters in September. Notably, Viridiant touched and/or certified over 2,000 homes in 2015 resulting in savings of 8.2 GWh of energy or almost 6,400 tons of carbon.

We hope you’ll take a moment to review our achievements and consider helping us continue our impactful work by making a charitable donation. Thanks to all of our colleagues and supporters who helped make 2015 such a success!

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by the numbers

TOTAL FAMILIES SERVED TO DATE
  • Single Family: 2,671 single family homes
  • Multifamily: 247 projects housing 16,778 dwelling units
TOP Q3 2016 EARTHCRAFT CERTIFIED HOMES BY CERTIFICATION LEVEL &
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
  1. Latitude 38 – HERS 40, EarthCraft and ENERGY STAR certified
  2. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville – 3 homes at HERS 44, EarthCraft and ENERGY STAR certified
  3. Miller & Associates – HERS 44, EarthCraft certified

upcoming lectures

MEASURING TO MANAGE BUILDING PERFORMANCE WITH BENCHMARKING
With Sean Shanley, Viridiant
Thursday, October 20th

Two options to participate:

  1. Via webinar from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm for a virtual presentation ($10)
  2. In-person at Gather in Richmond, VA from 3:00 – 4:30 pm for the presentation followed by networking and drinks ($5)
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HIGHLAND PARK SENIOR APARTMENTS: BALANCING ENERGY EFFICIENCY, HISTORIC AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION (site visit)
With Philip Agee, Viridiant, and representatives from Grimm + Parker and CPDC
Thursday, December 15th
In-person at Highland Park Apartments in Richmond, VA from 3:00 – 4:30 pm for the presentation followed by networking and drinks ($5)
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upcoming training

EARTHCRAFT BUILDING PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

January 12th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, VHDA Housing Center

This 7-hour builder training provides a comprehensive overview of best practices for sustainable construction and design as well as explores how the EarthCraft program can help you get started in the green building sector.

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lecture bulletins

FREE BULLETINS SHARED ON LECTURE TOPICS

In an effort to increase the reach and longevity of our lectures series, Viridiant now develops and shares a bulletin recapping what was discussed at each lecture. Lectures that have been published so far cover: Water in Buildings, Energy Efficient Retrofits, and Resiliency and Sustainable Buildings. We hope you’ll check them out and find them useful.

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The Housing Interpreter Articles

Viridiant is a contributing writer for Richmond Association of Realtor’s quarterly journal The Housing Interpreter. June and October articles focus on Water Intrusion in Buildings and Energy Efficient Retrofits. 

Click on the issues below to read the articles.

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your support matters

Viridiant, a 501c3 non-profit, prides itself on offering superior quality, affordable programs that can suit the needs of any builder or developer who shows a commitment to high performance home building. With seven full time employees in our Richmond office and technical advisors around the state, we strive to remove any financial barriers to green building by delivering our programs at a fraction of the cost of similar programs.

Residential buildings make up almost 27% of the energy consumption in Virginia. With your support, we can touch more houses, making a significant impact not only on the state’s energy use but also on the lives of the residents who will enjoy comfortable, healthy, and affordable homes.

Please consider making a donation to Viridiant today.

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Stony Point Design/Build Prepares for Sales of the First—and Only—Earthcraft Multifamily Condominium in Charlottesville

Stony Point Design/Build Prepares for Sales of the First—and Only—Earthcraft Multifamily Condominium in Charlottesville with the Announcement of A New Director of Sales and Marketing

Cvilletomorrow.org, Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8:40 a.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, August 30, 2016—Stony Point Design/Build prepares for sales of the only EarthCraft Multifamily condominium in Charlottesville with the announcement of a new Director of Sales and Marketing. This appointment follows the ground breaking and anticipated completion of the River House Condominium project in Riverside Village—just 1.3 miles from Downtown Charlottesville.

“We’re not just building houses. We’re building lifestyle-inspired homes [at Riverside Village] that reflect our buyer’s wishes and dreams,” says Jodi Mills, new Director of Sales and Marketing, Stony Point Design/Build. “And we certify our homes with EarthCraft Multifamily because we want to pass on the value of high-performance building to our home buyers. When you truly listen to what people want, it makes all the difference in the world.”

“We are thrilled to have Jodi Mills join our team as Director of Sales and Marketing,” says Chris Henry, General Manager and COO, Stony Point Design/Build. “She is a warm, true professional with deep industry knowledge and experience. She will further drive our brand promise of building efficient, quality, functional spaces—building better by design—and building customer loyalty with the long list of benefits EarthCraft certification promises.”

The EarthCraft Multifamily program is a green building certification that provides a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment. EarthCraft Multifamily uses a HERS rating, program guidelines, a points-based worksheet, site visits, and diagnostic testing to verify that projects comply with program standards. By incorporating energy costs that are, on average, 30 percent below those of a typical new condominium, home buyers will notice significant savings on operating and maintenance costs, a healthier living environment with improved indoor air quality, and a quieter home with increased comfort and enhanced durability.

“Being a part of this nimble team is completely energizing,” says Jodi Mills, Director of Sales and Marketing, Stony Point Design/Build. “We have great synergy and trust. There really isn’t anything we can’t do together!”

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Free Bulletin: Planning for Resilient and Sustainable Buildings

A resilient building is also a sustainable building.

Buildings that do not need replacement or significant repairs after a disaster are more sustainable by nature. More critically, resilient buildings provide a safe shelter to their occupants during adverse weather events and following days.

Download the FREE bulletin from August’s lecture which provides resources to help building owners perform a hazard assessment and begin to take action to make their home or building more resilient.

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RTD: Central Virginia market for new home sales continues recovery

Central Virginia market for new home sales continues recovery

By CAROL HAZARD Richmond Times-Dispatch

The central Virginia market for new homes continues to recover, according to a midyear report released Monday morning by the Home Building Association of Richmond and Commonwealth Partnerships, a Henrico County-based marketing firm.

New home closings in the region rose 7 percent (to a total of 1,192) in the first half of the year from the same period a year ago, according to the RVA New Home Market Report.

The average price, however, was essentially unchanged at $369,792. The region is made up of Richmond and Caroline, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan counties.

“Building on the success of 2015, the new home market in central Virginia continues to strengthen,” said Craig Toalson, CEO at the Home Building Association of Richmond. “We expect further improvement during the second half of 2016, although homebuilders face a number of challenges related to increasing costs for labor, materials and developing land.”

Read the full article, here.

Announcing August, October and December Lectures

Viridiant is excited to share topics and launch registration for the remaining lectures in 2016 taking place in August, October and December. These lectures will cover a variety of topics including resiliency and benchmarking as well as balancing energy efficiency, historic preservation and affordability with an applied site-visit.

In order to continue offering this educational series, Viridiant will now charge a nominal fee of $5 to attend these lectures in-person (webinar remains $10). Space is limited at each lecture so this reserves your seat and also entitles you to coffee and donuts, bagels or another breakfast treat.

Viridiant, a 501c3 non-profit, prides itself on offering low cost educational opportunities, programs and services to help builders, homeowners and developers create structures that are more affordable, more livable and more durable.

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New Hires in Richmond BizSense

Check out the mention of Viridiant’s two new hires in Richmond BizSense’s The Herd – http://richmondbizsense.com/2016/07/19/the-herd-new-hires-and-promotions-for-7-19-2016/

Viridiant Announces Two New Hires

Viridiant is thrilled to welcome Sean Evensen-Shanley and Justin Cortes to the team.

“We recognize that our people are our most valuable asset and are delighted to welcome Mr. Evensen-Shanley and Mr. Cortes to build upon our incredible talent,” said KC Bleile, Viridiant’s Executive Director. “Both individuals will help us implement our strategic plan by meeting industry needs through new service offerings and improving our existing programs all while serving our mission.”

Viridiant Spring 2016 Newsletter

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Spring 2016
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notice anything new?

Yes, that’s right, we have a new name and face! In case you missed it, we’ve just announced our new name: Viridiant. People are asking us why and how we came up with the name.  After a thorough strategic planning process with staff, board, and Wally Stettinius, we adopted our strategic plan in June 2015, with the first goal of rebranding the organization to allow for programmatic and geographic expansion. We then embarked on a brand study to identify strengths and gaps. Working with Kelly O’Keefe of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Brand Center, board and staff settled on Viridiant, a hybrid of “viridis” (Latin for green) and “servant,” as we are mission-driven stewards. We went on to clearly define sustainability into: Economic, Environmental, and Structural Sustainability; these three pillars will serve as the foundation for our organization and helped in development of the new logo.

Specifically, we are expanding our efforts in education, consultation, and certification. We’ll continue to administer the EarthCraft family of programs, just as we’ve done since 2006, but as Viridiant, our goal is to do even more, focusing on our Three Pillars of Sustainability. We look forward to helping you create structures that are more affordable, more livable, and more durable.

EarthCraft Virginia Becomes Viridiant

For those of you who missed this exciting name reveal and the announcement of our annual award winners at the Sustainable Leadership Awards on March 22nd, we’re thrilled to share the winning projects, builders, and developers below. We’re so proud to be a part of the impressive work done by our partners in 2015.

Looking ahead, we have lots of opportunities to connect with us in the coming months. On April 23rd, we’ll host our 4th Annual Earth Day 5K Race Without A Trace held in conjunction with Earth Day Richmond. This casual run/walk will take place on the newly built Virginia Capital Trail in downtown Richmond – we hope that many of you will lace up your sneakers and join us! We also have two lectures coming up – April 21st on Water in Buildings and June 16th on Energy Efficient Retrofits. More information on all of these events can be found below. We hope to see you soon!
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KC Bleile
Executive Director

by the numbers

TOTAL CERTIFICATIONS TO-DATE
  • Single Family: 2,322 single family homes
  • Multifamily: 229 projects housing 15,612 dwelling units
TOP Q1 2016 EARTHCRAFT CERTIFIED HOMES BY CERTIFICATION LEVEL &
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
  1. Health E Community Enterprise – HERS 16
  2. Miller Custom Homes – HERS 39
  3. Southern Development Homes – HERS 48

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upcoming events

EARTH DAY 5K RACE WITHOUT A TRACE

Saturday, April 23

Join us for the 4th Annual Richmond Earth Day 5K Race Without A Trace. The 5K combines one of the city’s most environmentally friendly races with the most fun possible. Run, walk, or stroll down the newly completed Virginia Capital Trail and see the beauty of the James River and its downtown surroundings.

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upcoming lectures

Join us in person at Gather in Richmond, VA from 8:00 am – 9:30 am (free) or online via webinar from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ($10).
WATER IN BUILDINGS
With Matt Waring and Chuk Bowles, Viridiant
Thursday, April 21 ​
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ENERGY EFFICIENT RETROFITS: LESSONS AND BEST PRACTICES
With Matt Waring, Viridiant, and Susan Hill, Richmond Region Energy Alliance
Thursday, June 16
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upcoming trainings

EARTHCRAFT BUILDING PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

May 19 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, VHDA Housing Center

This 7-hour builder training provides a comprehensive overview of best practices for sustainable construction and design as well as explores how the EarthCraft program can help you get started in the green building sector.

For more information and to register, click below.

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BUILD BETTER TRAINING SERIES
Coming this June!

Mark your calendars to join industry experts from Mitsubishi, Ultra-Aire, and Huber Engineered Woods for a discussion of VRF HVAC products, whole home dehumidification, and energy efficient air barriers. Dates and locations coming soon.

7th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF ADVANCING SUSTAINABILITY

7th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards

Regional leaders in the advancement of sustainable design and construction were recently honored as winners of Viridiant’s Sustainable Leadership Awards. Winners were announced at the organization’s 7th annual awards ceremony on March 22nd at the historic Bolling Haxall House in downtown Richmond. The event drew over 150 individuals representing home builders, non-profit and for-profit housing providers and developers, sponsors, homeowners, affordable housing advocates, and those interested in creating green housing opportunities in Virginia.

To learn more about this year’s winners here, and help us celebrate their achievements, please click below.
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RAR article

Our latest article in the Richmond Association of Realtor’s quarterly journal The Housing Interpreter, offers a crash course on some of the features you might see inside the house.

Check out Green and Energy Efficient Housing: Terminology 101


your support matters

Viridiant, a 501c3 non-profit, prides itself on offering superior quality, affordable programs that can suit the needs of any builder or developer who shows a commitment to high performance home building. With seven full time employees in our Richmond office and technical advisors around the state, we strive to remove any financial barriers to green building by delivering our programs at a fraction of the cost of similar programs.

Residential buildings make up almost 27% of the energy consumption in Virginia. With your support, we can touch more houses, making a significant impact not only on the state’s energy use but also on the lives of the residents who will enjoy comfortable, healthy, and affordable homes.

Please consider making a donation to Viridiant today.

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