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.
The 2017 revision of the EarthCraft House single family new home certification program is based on the Pinewood Forrest green building program developed by SK Collaborative. This simplified program provides clear guidance for builders to create high performance homes without having to navigate an extended list of options and point counting.
Carl Seville served on several task groups for the next version of the NGBS, scheduled for release in late 2019. One of the options in this next version is a simplified prescriptive path to certification for single family, duplex, and townhomes.
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:
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.