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.

EarthCraft Renovation

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.  

Pinewood Forrest

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.

Utility Programs

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:

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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