The EarthCraft Celebration of Excellence took place on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Southface Eco Office. The awards honor the builders, contractors and developers who are committed to building a more sustainable, high performance, built environment. More than 70 green building professionals attended this year’s event to celebrate the best that EarthCraft has to offer.
Abe Kruger receives the EarthCraft Design Award from Southface’s Marci Reed and Robert Reed.
The 2016 Awards were given in three overall categories: Achievement Awards, High Performance Awards, and Design Awards. I’m excited to announce that the Green on Gift house was presented with a Design Merit Award! This award would not have been possible without the tremendous support of sponsors, friends, and family who all made the renovation possible.
The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association publishes a quarterly magazine called Atlanta Building News (ABN). ABN recently featured an article written by Southface about the Green on Gift home. The article focuses on how we used the home to educate the public and spread the green building gospel. The Green on Gift project has always been about more than just making one home as green as possible. We want to showcase innovative techniques and products to help others improve their homes as well. Thanks for the great support GAHBA and Southface!
An essential component of the renovation process was obtaining green building certification with third party verification. From the start, I wanted to practice what my company preaches to our clients – incorporating green into all decisions from design through construction and ultimately occupancy. We tested the ductwork and envelope multiple times to maximize building performance. Today I’m pleased to announce that the Green on Gift home was awarded EarthCraft Platinum certification with one of the highest point totals in the program’s history!
Southface, an Atlanta-based environmental nonprofit, and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders jointly developed the EarthCraft program 15 years ago. Since then, over 30,000 multifamily units and homes have been certified across the southeast. While there are numerous green building certification options available, the EarthCraft renovation program is by far the most robust and flexible option for builders; and as a former Southfacer, it felt good to support the program.