Certification of entire communities under LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) and EarthCraft Communities (ECC) is becoming more common. Certification provides benefits to community members and developers, who frequently can take advantage of housing tax credit incentives. These community certification programs encourage low-impact development, including minimizing land disturbance, improving water quality, reducing both building and transportation energy use, and creating walkable communities by including local businesses, community services, and public plazas and green space in their design.
Community certification starts with a design charrette early in the conceptual planning stage to review program requirements, develop appropriate site and building plans, and engage local residents. Next, we perform regular site visits to confirm the project is meeting program goals. And finally, we train development, construction, sales, and management teams on building and maintaining a sustainable community.
SK Collaborative is currently managing LEED ND certification for the Columbia Brookside development in Athens, Georgia and the Avondale MARTA station Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in Decatur, Georgia.
Effective in 2017, SK Collaborative is the first independent firm authorized to provide EarthCraft Communities certification. The majority of ECC projects are completed under the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, administered in Georgia by the Department of Community Affairs.
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Some of our current and recent projects:
Pendana at West Lakes is an affordable housing development currently under construction in Orlando, Florida, replacing two out of date housing developments in a high-crime neighborhood. On track to be certified under the National Green Building Standard, 80% of the units will be slated for low... Read More
Patriot Point is an affordable housing development dedicated for seniors 62 years and older certified as an EarthCraft Multifamily project. The three-story building blends classic brick and stone finishes with stylish, modern interiors that feature 9-foot ceilings, crown molding, walk-in closets... Read More