Created in 1999, the EarthCraft program is the environmentally friendly building program of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA). The EarthCraft program was co-created by the HBA and Southface Energy Institute and was named 2004 and 2008 Green Building Program of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders.
EarthCraft is a voluntary green building program that provides a model for healthy, comfortable homes that help reduce utility bills and protect the environment. The EarthCraft certification process follows a checklist designed to verify that each EarthCraft home addresses site planning, energy efficient techniques and equipment, waste management and indoor air quality.
To qualify as an EarthCraft builder, builders must be in good standing with the HBA, join the EarthCraft program and complete a one-day training program. Builders submit a preliminary worksheet stating which EarthCraft measures they anticipate for a specific house and receive one-on-one design and construction advice. EarthCraft recognizes that building materials prices and availability can change during construction, and builders can adjust the measures selected as long as they still earn the minimum required points for certification.
After construction is complete, builders submit a final worksheet that shows the selected measures. Required inspections by EarthCraft staff verify selections prior to final diagnostic testing that measures the home's efficiency.
The EarthCraft program recognizes that there are many ways to reduce pollution and conserve natural resources when building. EarthCraft gives builders great flexibility in earning the necessary points by choosing the measures most practical for their homes.