The EarthCraft green building certification programs, which were first developed in 1999 in a partnership between the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface, are designed to address the challenging energy, water and climate conditions of the Southeast. 

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Healthy Homes Gaining Priority in Green Home Strategies

Healthy Homes Gaining Priority in Green Home Strategies

A healthy home is a happy home, and a hot selling one as well.

High performance home demand growing as the market rebounds

High performance home demand growing as the market rebounds

Consumers are beginning to understand the value in high performance building, and as the housing market recovers green builders are seeing the benefits.

Proud Green Home at Serenbe wins DOE Housing Innovation Award

Proud Green Home at Serenbe wins DOE Housing Innovation Award

The Proud Green Home at Serenbe was named a Housing Innovation Award winner by the U.S. Department of Energy during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance’s Excellence in Building Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Indoor air quality strategies for the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Indoor air quality strategies for the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

From the ground up the Proud Green Home at Serenbe was designed to have healthy indoor air quality. Here builder Luis Imery explains some of the large and small steps that were used to reduce dust in the home from construction. Read more about the Proud Green Home at Serenbe.  

Formaldehyde-free furnishings in the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Formaldehyde-free furnishings in the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Low-VOC products and finishes are an important part of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe. Builder Luis Imery explains some of the products and building science that went into ensuring a high level of indoor air quality, including using low-VOC and formaldehyde-free products. Read more about the Proud Green Home at Serenbe.

Manifold plumbing at the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Manifold plumbing at the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Designed to be resource efficient, the Proud Green Home at Serenbe was built with a manifold plumbing system rather than a traditional branch line layout. Here Builder Luis Imery explains the advantages of the manifold plumbing system for resource efficiency...

Transfer grilles let air flow

Transfer grilles let air flow

In the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, transfer air grilles help balance airflow among the rooms. This provides better comfort in the upstairs of the tightly built home. An ERV manages ventilation for the home, ensuring proper airflow for the...

ERV manages fresh airflow

ERV manages fresh airflow

Builder Luis Imery explains the function of the energy recovery ventilator (ERV) from Zehnder America in the Proud Green Home at Serenbe. The ERV recovers heat from the inside air before exchanging it for fresh outside air. That helps heat...

Advanced framing techniques mean high performance for the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Advanced framing techniques mean high performance for the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Luis Imery, builder of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, gives a tour of some the advanced framing techniques used on the Proud Green Home at Serenbe. This techniques result in less lumber used and greater opportunity for insulation and...

KleenWrap fights construction debris at the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

KleenWrap fights construction debris at the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Luis Imery, builder of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, explains some of the steps taken to ensure job site cleanliness. The home will meet several strict building standards, including EarthCraft and Energy Star.

Insulation installation at the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Insulation installation at the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Let builder Luis Imery take you on a behind-the-drywall tour of the open-cell spray foam insulation that makes the Proud Green Home at Serenbe a high performance home. The insulation was a huge contributing factor to the home testing at...

Spray foam insulation at the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Spray foam insulation at the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Let builder Luis Imery take you on a behind-the-drywall tour of some the building science in the Proud Green Home at Serenbe. Here technicians apply open-cell spray foam insulation from BASF. Read more at the Proud Green Home at Serenbe Research Center.

Proud Green Home at Serenbe 90% tighter than energy code

Proud Green Home at Serenbe 90% tighter than energy code

During the pre-drywall blower door test, The Proud Green Home at Serenbe was found to be about 90 percent tighter than a home built to the 2009 building codes. Read more about the Proud Green Home at Serenbe. 

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