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EarthCraft Virginia

July/August 2007
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2007 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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July 01, 2007
EarthCraft Virginia serves as a blueprint for building multifamily homes with high energy efficiency and healthy indoor air quality through environmentally responsible design and construction.
Healthy, environmentally conscious, energy-efficient homes for low- to moderate-income families? It sounds like an oxymoron. But the EarthCraft Virginia multifamily program is making this concept a reality. EarthCraft Virginia serves as a blueprint for building multifamily homes with high energy efficiency and healthy indoor air quality through environmentally responsible design and construction. It is an adaptation of the EarthCraft green builder program developed ten years ago in Atlanta, Georgia, by Southface Energy Institute and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. (For more on the EarthCraft program, see “Creating Green Communities,” HE Nov/Dec ’05, p. 24.) For each project, EarthCraft Virginia performs an energy model, meets with all of the principals involved in the administration and construction of the project, and provides the principals with a menu of items they can choose from to get the 200 points required to earn certification for their project. These items fall into various categories, including site planning and landscaping, envelope system, air sealing, insulation, windows, recycled and natural materials, lighting, heating and cooling, indoor air quality (IAQ), ventilation, moisture control, recycling of construction waste, and durability. An EarthCraft technical advisor is assigned to each project to advise the building team on the building ...

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