There are many terms used to describe a home that is built to a higher standard, green, sustainable, LEED Certified, and EarthCraft Certified to name a few. EarthCraft is a regional green rating system that has been adopted across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Projects that receive EarthCraft certification have an independent third-party verification, along with meeting the EarthCraft programs criteria. The EarthCraft brand ensures each project addresses indoor air quality, energy and water efficiency, reduced resource consumption, and reduced maintenance demands.
Developed in 1999 by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface, EarthCraft was adopted in Virginia starting with the Blue Ridge Area Home Builders Association. This is the only regional green building residential rating system in the state. There are certification programs for Single Homes, Light Commercial projects, multi-family, and communities.