In Virginia in 2005, the need for quality green building and the infrastructure to provide technical support and verification became apparent. Chuk Bowles and Karl Bren worked in partnership with Southface Energy Institute to introduce the EarthCraft House program to the Commonwealth. Working with a local Home Builders Association, a pilot project of 6 homes was built using the EarthCraft House program, and largely due to the success of the builders’ experience and public reception, EarthCraft Virginia and Southface partnered with the Home Builders Association of Virginia to carry the program forward in the state. The organization incorporated in 2006 with Virginia Community Development Corporation, an affordable housing equity fund investing non-profit, as its sole member. The green certification was immediately demanded by several projects receiving Low Income Housing Tax Credit to ensure energy efficiency and quality assurance.
Having served on the Board of Directors since 2012 and working with the organization since its formation in 2006, I believe EarthCraft Virginia’s board and staff serves its mission with the utmost dedication and integrity. The credibility established over the last nine years will help the organization successfully implement new programs outlined in our first ever three year strategic plan.
The Board of Directors represents a broad range of skills and partners, and over the last few years has effectively served in a policy and governance role. With standing committees, board meetings throughout the year and transparent reporting from staff, the board is able to ensure fiscal responsibility and organization oversight. Most recently the board has increased its fundraising efforts and has worked closely with staff to develop and approve a three year strategic plan.
I personally serve on the EarthCraft Virginia Board of Directors because the organization’s results-orientation has achieved real energy savings in communities across Virginia and now thousands of low-income households benefit from lower utility costs. While we’ve done great work, our work is not done.
In 1999, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface launched EarthCraft House, a regional residential green building program designed to address the climate conditions of the Southeast. A blueprint for creating and maintaining energy- and resource-efficient living environments, the EarthCraft House program is intended for residential, light commercial and communities.
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, 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. EarthCraft Technical Advisors provide technical assistance to the builder during the initial design review and throughout project design and construction.
EarthCraft Light Commercial (ECLC), EarthCraft Virginia’s newest program, is a regional green building certification program offering third-party recognition for environmentally responsible design and construction practices for small-scale, or “light,” commercial buildings in the Southeast. The program focuses on site planning, energy and water efficiency, building durability, and improved occupant health and productivity. ECLC is best suited for commercial building projects sized 15,000 square feet or less, however projects up to 25,000 square feet may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
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.
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