SK Collaborative has been involved in high-performance building program development since 2000, when SK Collaborative principal, Carl Seville, spearheaded the development of the EarthCraft Renovation program.
This program grew out of the EarthCraft House new home certification program created by Southface Energy Institute and the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders. EarthCraft Renovation became one of the first residential green renovation programs in the country. Carl was involved in the development of the program requirements and worksheet, and SawHorse, his construction firm at the time, completed the initial pilot projects for the program.
This new community, under construction adjacent to Pinewood Studios in Fayetteville Georgia, sought out SK Collaborative to determine the best path to sustainability. Following a full day charrette in which several existing certification programs were reviewed, the team elected to create their own simple and effective system to ensure that their builders would create high-performance homes throughout the development. SK Collaborative created the worksheet and specifications for this program, which is now required for all single family homes in Pinewood Forrest.
SK Collaborative’s Abe Kruger has worked with utilities since 2005 to implement energy efficiency programs throughout the country, including ENERGY STAR New Homes, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, Energy Audit and Retrofit, and Low-Income Weatherization programs. Specific programs and their results include:
Dominion East Ohio Home Performance Program, expected to save over 90,000 MCF through 10,000 first year audits
Appalachian Power Company HomeSMART Energy Audit/Retrofit Program realized 75 Million kWh first year savings
Dominion Virginia Power ENERGY STAR New Homes program saved an average of over 7,500 kWh on each home and a total of over 650,000 kWh first year savings
Dominion Virginia Power Low-Income Weatherization program achieved 9.5 Million kWh first year savings
City of Decatur High Performance Building Ordinance
Decatur, Georgia, a progressive small city adjacent to Atlanta, developed a high-performance building ordinance for all new construction and most major renovation projects within the city limits, including both residential and commercial construction. SK Collaborative was part of the team developing the standard, which requires complying with one of several green certification programs as well as meeting additional ventilation, duct and envelope leakage tightness requirements in order to obtain a certificate of occupancy. There are currently over 100 single family homes and over 750 multifamily units in process under this ordinance.
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