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, and EarthCraft Communities certification for HearthSide Lafayette in Fayetteville,Georgia.  

The majority of Earthcraft Communities 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:

OneStreet Residential is developing a senior multifamily affordable housing project in Fayetteville, GA, a city located south of Atlanta.  The project, located close to downtown will be certified under the EarthCraft Multifamily and EarthCraft Communities (ECC) programs. The project borders... Read More

This affordable housing project in Athens, Georgia recently completed the 3rd phase of development.  Beginning with a LEED Certified senior building, and two phases of EarthCraft multifamily housing, this project, will meet the rigorous LEED ND certification for the entire site.  Featuring high... Read More

SK Collaborative is providing LEED ND (Neighborhood Development) and EarthCraft Multifamily certification for this groundbreaking project.  Developed on an underutilized MARTA rail parking lot, when complete this Transit Oriented Development will feature 378 market rate and 92 affordable senior... Read More