Earthcraft® is a voluntary green certification program developed by the Atlanta home builders association and Southface launched in 1999. Earth craft is a regional program designed for climate conditions tailored for the southeast United States. States utilizing Earth craft certification are: Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. Earth craft is a points based certification program where points are accumulated by the home builder through a selection of sustainability measures. Individual points can be accumulated by individual residential lot selection and positioning, selecting resource efficient green construction and lighting materials, adhering to indoor air quality standards, integrating water conservation measures, individual certified Earth craft homes must also pass air filtration and HVAC duct leaking testing. Gold and platinum levels of Earth craft certification must also meet Energy star guidelines. Earth craft homes are certified and verified by third party trained inspectors.
Earth craft certifications are available for individual green homes, green renovations, multi family construction, green communities and light industrial. Over 25,000 Earth craft certifications have been certified to date. Earth craft now provides specialized education for their accredited green appraisers designed for climate conditions in the south east United States.