Proud Green Home at Serenbe earns EarthCraft Platinum certification (video)

Proud Green Home at Serenbe earns EarthCraft Platinum certification (video)

The Proud Green Home at Serenbe was awarded EarthCraft Platinum certification based on its outstanding design and performance.

The Proud Green Home at Serenbe scored what may be the highest scoring EarthCraft house so far, according to Trevor Donnelly, EarthCraft Administrator for Southface. The home's HERS index of -2 is the lowest in the program's history.

The community of Serenbe requires all homes built there to be EarthCraft certified as part of its commitment to sustainability.

According to the EarthCraft website, the program was established in 1999 by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface Energy Institute, EarthCraft is a green building certification program that serves Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.

"By addressing the factors that impact homes in this region, including high heat, humidity and temperature swings, EarthCraft serves as a blueprint for energy, water and resource-efficient single-family homes, multifamily structures, renovation projects, community developments and light-commercial buildings. To date, more than 25,000 EarthCraft homes, multifamily units and commercial buildings have been certified."

"Homes, businesses and communities certified through the EarthCraft program must meet a number of criteria that ensure sustainable, efficient design and function. Areas of focus include:

  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water efficiency
  • Resource-efficient design
  • Resource-efficient building materials
  • Waste management
  • Site planning

EarthCraft House certifications are determined through a points-based worksheet, which allows builders to select the sustainability measures that are best suited for their project. Worksheet items address proper site planning, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, resource-efficient building materials, indoor air quality, water conservation and homebuyer education, and all are verified during site visits and inspections.

EarthCraft-certified homes must also pass diagnostic tests for air infiltration and duct leakage standards, and homes certified at the gold or platinum levels must meet ENERGY STAR requirements. EarthCraft Technical Advisors provide technical assistance to the builder during the initial design review and throughout project design and construction."

The home also achieved a HERS index of -2 based on its performance in a blower door test and other aspects of its design and construction.

See architect Chris Laumer-Giddens explain the results of the pre-drywall blower door test.

Read more about the Proud Green Home at Serenbe.


Topics: Certification / LEED, Energy Audits, Home Design & Plans, Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Companies: ProudGreenHome.com, Southface Energy Institute, Serenbe Sustainable Community, LG Squared, Inc.


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