Van Hardimon Homes has high standards for its homes at Westside Crossing as it relates to energy efficiency and air quality. Because of this, all of the homes in this intown Atlanta cluster are EarthCraft House Certified. EarthCraft House, a certification program created in partnership between SouthFace Energy Institute and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders of Atlanta, is designed to work with the Southeast climate to maximize each home’s performance, efficiency and comfort while also reducing the its overall impact to the environment.
Van Hardimon, President of Van Hardimon Homes states, “EarthCraft homes save homeowners about 30 percent on their energy bills when compared to similar homes that use standard construction methods. This is huge for homeowners who are budgeting because it saves them money on energy that they can then spend on other things.”
The Renovator of the Year award recognizes an EarthCraft renovator who goes above and beyond established measures to decrease energy consumption in an existing home. Wickstead Works was awarded this prestigious honor for the second year by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) and EarthCraft at the annual Builders Breakfast Awards Ceremony earlier this year.
Developed by the GAHBA through a partnership with Southface Energy Institute, government and industry leaders, EarthCraft is a voluntary green building program that serves as a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment. Since EarthCraft’s inception in 1999, more than 450 builders have become builder members and more than 7,150 homes in the Southeast region have been certified to EarthCraft standards.
President of Wickstead Works, Frank Wickstead said, “We have remained very active despite the economy and we attribute that success in part to our partnership with the EarthCraft program.”
Each EarthCraft home follows a systems approach to home building that stresses an understanding of how the different components of a home work together. This approach results in a home that performs better, is more economical for the homeowner and is still comparable in price to a home built with standard construction practices.
Congratulations to WicksteadWorks on winning the Renovator of the Year Award!
A huge congrats to Frank Wickstead and WicksteadWorks, the 2009 EarthCraft Renovator of the Year.
The award, given by Southface and The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, distinguishes an EarthCraft House renovator that has gone above and beyond to reduce energy use in an existing home. The annual awards program honors the leading builders, developers, renovators and manufacturers dedicated to protecting the environment through sustainable design and construction of homes, communities and products.
WicksteadWorks is an Atlanta remodeler that builds to a minimum standard of EarthCraft certification on all projects.
The EarthCraft House program is a voluntary, green building third-party validation program that serves as a blueprint for healthy comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment. Since the program’s inception in 1999, more 450 builders have become builder members, and more than 7,150 homes in the Southeast region have been certified to EarthCraft House standards.