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As an EarthCraft™ and Energy Star® certified neighborhood, The Elements will provide healthier, more comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment. In order to receive these certifications, The Elements must pass two rigorous independent inspections and exhibit excellence in four elements - sustainability, efficiency, durability, health.

EarthCraft™
EarthCraft™ construction is a voluntary green building program of the Southface Energy Institute. This program serves as a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment. A typical EarthCraft House™ provides a healthier, more comfortable environment for the homeowner at a lower cost of ownership than conventional homes. EarthCraft™ certified homes must pass two independent inspections: one prior to drywall installation and the other during performance testing at completion. The inspections focus on site planning, waste management, indoor air quality, water conservation, energy efficient techniques and equipment, and resource efficient design and materials.

Energy Star®
Energy Star® is a voluntary partnership between the government and more than 9,000 organizations, including 2,500 of the nation’s home builders. Together with home buyers and their families, Energy Star® works to achieve a common goal - protecting the environment for future generations by changing to more energy-efficient practices today. Compared with standard homes, Energy Star® qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling and water heating - delivering savings month after month. Additional savings on maintenance can also be substantial.
US EPA ranks indoor air pollution among top five environmental risks. Unhealthy air is found in up to 30% of new and renovated buildings.