Have you heard of an EarthCraft home?

EarthCraft Virginia provides a new construction certification process that serves as a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduces utility bills and protects the environment.

More specifically, EarthCraft promotes diligent airsealing and energy efficiency. Airsealing of the building envelope and its mechanical systems, while still allowing for fresh air intake, provides a tighter building envelope at little additional cost. There is less communication of air and sound between units and better indoor air quality through the use of managed fresh-air intakes. Thus, projects are more energy efficient, less costly to occupy, and more durable overall.

EarthCraft homes also make use of EnergyStar appliances.

How many EarthCraft homes are on the market in your area?

From a rudimentary search in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Association of Realtors MLS, I’m finding 32 properties built to EarthCraft standards. That is 4% of our current inventory of 866 properties, and 15% of our new construction inventory of 210 properties.

Are you seeing more or less EarthCraft homes in your area?