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HBAV Announces Earthcraft House Partnership

We at Graystone Homes are proud to announce that we will become pioneers of the Earthcraft House

Comments of Anthony Clatterbuck
2006 President of the Home Builders Association of Virginia
11:00 a.m., September 21, 2006
Patrick Henry Building
Richmond, Virginia

GOOD MORNING TO GOVERNOR KAINE AND ALL OF OUR GUESTS THIS MORNING, I AM ANTHONY CLATTERBUCK, PRESIDENT OF THE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF VIRGINIA AND PRESIDENT OF GRAYSTONE HOMES IN CULPEPER, VIRGINIA.

IT IS MY PLEASURE THIS MORNING TO ANNOUNCE THAT NEARLY 6,000 BUILDING INDUSTRY FIRMS REPRESENTED BY THE HOME BUILDER’S ASSOCIATION OF VIRGINIA, HAVE JOINED WITH THE VIRGINIA SUSTAINABLE BUILDING NETWORK AND SOUTHFACE ENERGY INSTITUTE  TO BRING THE EARTHCRAFT HOUSE™ SINGLE FAMILY PROGRAM TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.

OUR GREEN BUILDING TEAM MEMBERS HAVE EXECUTED AN AGREEMENT TO CREATE AN EXCEPTIONAL “GREEN BUILDING” PROGRAM TO BENEFIT  VIRGINIA’S NEW HOME BUYERS.  UTILIZING AN EASILY RECOGNIZABLE TRADEMARK THE EARTHCRAFT HOUSE PROGRAM WILL ENABLE VIRGINIANS TO OBTAIN HOMES THAT THAT USE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BUILDING TECHNIQUES, PROVIDE IMPROVED INDOOR AIR QUALITY, AND FEATURE SUPERIOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY.  THIS PROGRAM, LAUNCHED TODAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2006, WILL PROVIDE VOLUNTARY, BUT CERTIFIABLE, GREEN BUILDING GUIDELINES FOR BUILDERS IN VIRGINIA.  A  SUCCESSFUL PILOT OF THE EARTHCRAFT HOUSE PROGRAM WAS CONDUCTED LAST FALL BY THE BLUE RIDGE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, AND I AM PLEASED THAT EARTHCRAFT HOUSE CERTIFIED HOME BUILDER DOUG KINGMA OF KINGMA DEVELOPERS, INC. HAS JOINED US FOR TODAYS ANNOUNCEMENT.

THIS PROGRAM WILL ENCOURAGE  VIRGINIA BUSINESSES AND CITIZENS TO BETTER MANAGE AND PRESERVE OUR NATURAL RESOURCES – INCLUDING SOIL, WATER, AND AIR – FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.  IN ADDITION, THE EARTHCRAFT HOUSE PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE OUR INDUSTRY THE ABILITY TO REDUCE THE PROJECTED DEMANDS ON ENERGY  BY INCREASING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND UTILIZING GREEN BUILDING TECHNIQUES TO LESSEN THE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT.

EARTHCRAFT HOUSE IS A PROGRAM OF THE GREATER ATLANTA HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION, DEVELOPED THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH SOUTHFACE ENERGY INSTITUTE, STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND INDUSTRY LEADERS.  RECOGNIZED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS AS THE BEST GREEN BUILDING PROGRAM OF 2004, THE PROGRAM HAS CERTIFIED MORE THAN 2,000 HOMES IN THE ATLANTA AREA.  

THIS FALL, THE PROGRAM WILL DEBUT IN THE CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA, WORKING WITH THE BLUE RIDGE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION, AND THE ROANOKE AREA, WORKING WITH THE ROANOKE REGIONAL HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION.  THE NEXT PHASE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE SPRING OF 2007 AND WILL INCLUDE THE RICHMOND AND SOUTHSIDE, THE NEW RIVER VALLEY, SHENANDOAH VALLEY, AND THE PENINSULA.  THE PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE TO BE INTRODUCED INTO NEW MARKETS EACH QUARTER UNITL IT IS AVAILABLE STATEWIDE.

ANY SIZE AND TYPE OF NEW SINGLE FAMILY HOME CAN BE AN EARTHCRAFT HOUSE. BUILDERS AND HOME BUYERS HAVE THE FREEDOM TO SELECT WHICH MEASURES IN THE PROGRAM GUIDELINES ARE BEST SUITED FOR THEIR PROJECT. ALL HOMES BUILT UNDER THIS PROGRAM MUST BE SUCCESSFULLY RATED TO MEET ENERGY STAR STANDARDS AND SCORE AT LEAST 150 POINTS FROM THE PROGRAM CHECKLIST, VERIFIED BY AN INDEPENDENTLY QUALIFIED THIRD-PARTY INSPECTOR.

THE EARTHCRAFT HOUSE PROGRAM PROMISES TO DELIVER TO THE COMMONWEALTH A WINNING COMBINATION OF UTILITY COST SAVINGS, GOOD CRAFTSMANSHIP AND SENSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP THROUGH AN EASILY RECOGNIZABLE PROGRAM.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR THIS IMPORTANT ANNOUNCMENT AND WOULD URGE ALL VIRGINIANS TO WATCH FOR THE EARTHCRAFT HOUSE SYMBOL WHEN SHOPPING FOR THEIR NEW HOME.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ON THE EARTHCRAFT HOUSE PROGRAM WILL NOW BE PROVIDED BY DENNIS CREECH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOUTHFACE ENERGY INSTITUTE AND ERIC OLIVER, P.E., CHAIRMAN OF VIRGINIA SUSTAINABLE BUILDING NETWORK AND FINALLY GOVERNOR KAINE.

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