EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation Program: The Nation’s First Green Building Certification Program for Historic Buildings

Green building certification program

The EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation (ECSP) program was designed concurrently with the green rehabilitation of historic Rhodes Hall, headquarters of The Georgia Trust.

EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation (ECSP) is a regional green building certification program created specifically for historic buildings. ECSP offers third-party certification for environmentally responsible design and construction practices for historic buildings in the Southeast. The program is designed to evaluate and highlight what is inherently sustainable about historic buildings while providing guidance on appropriate alterations to make them more energy and water efficient. 

Projects will receive technical guidance from green building and preservation experts helping to achieve customized solutions for more sustainable historic buildings. ECSP is specifically intended for historic building projects sized 50,000 square feet or less, however all projects may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Program Highlights

  • Affordable program cost (includes project administration, diagnostic site assessment, design and construction guidance, field verification, and envelope and duct performance testing)
  • Technical guidance provided during project planning, design, and construction
  • Reduced paperwork through visual field verification and diagnostic testing
  • Designed to complement preservation best practices including historic tax credit projects
For project registration inquiries, please contact Bourke Reeve at breeve@southface.org.

EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation Program Documents

Guidelines

Content presented in these guidelines is intended to assist pilot projects in reaching their sustainability goals and evaluate the need for a green building program focused on the specific requirements of the renovation of historic buildings in a sustainable manner.

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Worksheet

Use the Sustainable Preservation Program Worksheet to get point totals for items like Construction Waste Management, Resource Efficiency, Durability & Moisture Management, Indoor Air Quality, Energy Efficient Systems, Water Efficiency, Innovation and more.

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Rhodes Hall

Built in 1904, Rhodes Hall has been an Atlanta landmark for generations. Learn more about the sustainable rehabilitation of Rhodes Hall. Visit Rhodes Hall and see why it is a shining example of preservation and sustainability.

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