Home Performance Meets Green Renovation

November/December 2005
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
Click here to read more articles about Renovation
November 01, 2005
The EarthCraft House Renovation program gives existing homes the green treatment.
        In 1991, Dennis Creech and his wife,Callie Pendergrast,were looking to expand and renovate their 1950s ranch-style house.They needed additional space for their teen daughter, and they also wanted to update the original kitchen and bath; at the same time, they also knew that, if possible, they should do everything they could to correct problems they had noticed in the house. Moisture had been an issue for years—there was evidence of crawlspace water intrusion; the bathrooms lacked exhaust fans; and mold formed on walls in adjacent rooms. Room temperatures were uneven.         As executive director of Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, Creech was well aware of the link between indoor air quality (IAQ) and energy efficiency. At the time Creech and Pendergrast were looking to renovate their ranch house, Southface was piloting Earth- Craft House, a green building program that it had developed jointly with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Earthcraft House already had plans on the drawing board to develop a renovation component to complement the new home program. The Creech-Pendergrast residence became the test house for the EarthCraft House Renovation program.   &...

To read complete online articles, you need to sign up for an Online Subscription.

Once an order has been placed there is an automatic $10 processing fee that will be deducted with any cancellation.

The Home Energy Online articles are for personal use only and may not be printed for distribution. For permission to reprint, please send an e-mail to

Email Newsletter

Home Energy E-Newsletter

Sign up for our free monthly

Harness the power of

Get the Home Energy