The Greening of Atlanta—and Beyond

Addison Homes president Todd Usher says the EarthCraft House program is rooted in building science. “Everything about how to build an EarthCraft House is logical and makes sense,” he says.

The top four reasons most customers in his South Carolina market decide to buy an eco-friendly home are energy efficiency, health, stewardship, and water conservation, says Addison Homes president Todd Usher.

Located just five minutes from downtown Atlanta, EarthCraft House-certified Dupont Commons by Brock Built offers a mix of single-family houses and townhomes.

Dupont Commons residents can take advantage of the community’s nature trails, 4-acre park, or winding sidewalks. Since 2007, Brock Built has built only EarthCraft House-certified homes, according to construction manager Obie Hammons.

Brock Built does not pass the 3% to 5% cost premium of building an EarthCraft House-certified dwelling on to customers, says construction manager Obie Hammons. “We decided it was the direction we wanted to go in, it was the right thing to do, and we didn’t want to pass that on to homeowners,” he says.

Monte Hewett Homes’ EarthCraft House-certified Park at East Paces in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood features luxury townhomes with limestone accents. Marketing director Dina Gunderson says the EarthCraft House label is a marketing tool that sets her company apart from other builders. “Having your house certified by a third-party process gives you a document that proves your house is energy efficient,” she says.

This Monte Hewett EarthCraft House features an open family room with coffered ceiling, custom built-ins, and fireplace with slate surround.

Large kitchens and family rooms are trademarks of Monte Hewett’s townhomes, which are EarthCraft House-certified.

Building a high-performance house doesn’t mean having to skimp on the exterior details, says Dina Gunderson of Monte Hewett Homes.

Addison Homes dwellings feature Energy Star-certified Rinnai hot water heaters with temperature-control panels. Since 2004, the company has built only EarthCraft House-certified dwellings. “We are 100% EarthCraft; we made that commitment that it would be our quality standard,” says president Todd Usher.

This home by Addison Homes boasts RMax foam wall sheathing. “Before ‘green’ became popular, we were known for building ‘high-performance’ homes," says president Todd Usher.

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