The EarthCraft Communities Program

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In 2005, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Urban Land Institute, Atlanta District Council and Southface launched the EarthCraft Communities program – a certification system for sustainably planned and constructed communities. EarthCraft Communities offers holistic approaches to development for rural, suburban or urban projects. Through the EarthCraft certification process, communities enhance their health, livability, efficiency and overall market appeal.


The EarthCraft Communities program addresses low-impact development, site selection, land disturbance, water quality and quantity management, energy, transportation infrastructure, community design, green space preservation and more. In addition, all buildings within an EarthCraft Community must be certified through the EarthCraft House, Multifamily or Light Commercial programs. EarthCraft Communities program administrators perform regular site visits, facilitate conceptual design charrettes and provide each project green building trainings for residents, property managers, builders and/or realtors.

Click here to view a list of EarthCraft Communities program resources.