Builder Certifications for Green Building

Are you interested in any green or sustainable building certifications? Georgia professional builders seeking green credentials may be interested in the following offerings:

EarthCraft is a regional certification specific to builders in the south Atlantic states. According to the Southface training webpage, “By addressing the factors that impact homes in this region, including high heat, humidity and temperature swings, EarthCraft serves as a blueprint for energy, water and resource-efficient single-family homes, multifamily structures, renovation projects, community developments and light-commercial buildings.” There are specific tracks for residential building, commercial building, remodeling, and more. To schedule your EarthCraft certification course, register at: http://www.southface.org/education/our-courses/

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) provides two levels of certification for contractors who want to learn more about green practices and be able to market that expertise to prospective clients. These are the Certified Green Professional (CGP) and the Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP). The training classes for these designations are closely aligned with the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS). The NGBS is the only residential green building rating system approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. Learn about it at: http://nahb.org/en/learn/designations. aspx.

The U. S. Green Building Council’s LEED® green building program is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings. For more information on becoming a LEED® certified professional, check out: http://www.southface.org/programs/leed/.

EarthCraft™ is a partnership between the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association and Southface. Developed in 1999 by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface, EarthCraft is the Southeast’s standard for green building.

LEED®, and its related logo, is a trademark owned by the U. S. Green Building Council® and is used with permission. For more information on LEED® certification in the Georgia area, check out: http://www.southface.org/education/our-courses/