EarthCraft Virginia is a certification program for single family and multifamily properties. The program is similar to the LEED certification but its more specific to residential real estate. The program has been wildly successful in Atlanta, Ga and EarthCraft Virginia is hoping to replicate that success here. If you haven't heard of EarthCraft I recommend you check out their website.
Recently I was looking around for a certification program for my GREEN renovation projects. There are so many investors out there hawking their rehabs as GREEN just because they installed a few CFLs. I want my projects to stand out and be recognized for the healthy indoor air quality, energy efficiency and sustainable building practices that we bring to the table with each project. LEED obviously is a popular choice...however I think EarthCraft is a little more relevant for what we do.
I talked with Sean Shanley, EarthCraft Virginia's Director of Residential Operations. He informed me that EarthCraft has Renovation Certification program in pilot stage right now. They are taking pilot cases on a case by case basis and hope to have the full program rolled out in the next few months.
The program will be similar to EarthCraft's current new home program in that a minimum number of points must be achieved, as well as a certain level of energy efficiency. When your project is accepted, EarthCraft will work with you to determine what renovations you are making. You'll receive a checklist for various ways to achieve points. Once completed, EarthCraft will come inspect the changes and award points accordingly.
This really is a great way to make your renovations stand out among a field of greenwashed crap.