Arbor Homes of Seagrove is raising the bar for local home construction standards by being the first project in theÂ Walton CountyÂ area to achieve a gold-levelÂ Florida Water StarÂ SMÂ certification for water efficiency and a platinum-level green home certification by theÂ Florida Green Building CoalitionÂ (FGBC).
For over 20 years, builder Rod Joly incorporated into his projects energy-efficient HVAC systems with SEER ratings that exceeded the Florida Building Code requirements. His wife, Michelle Joly, attained the designation of GREEN REALTORÂ®, so she understood the importance of green home features and how to communicate their value to homeowners.
The coupleâs passion for sustainability eventually led them down a path of âwalking the talk,â and soÂ Arbor Homes of Seagrove LLCÂ was conceived. Their vision began with the wisdom to formally develop a core group of green professionals, known in the industry as a âgreen team,â to ensure that a systems approach to the construction process was taken. This collaborative process considers the house as one system with interdependent parts, each of which affects the performance of the entire system and it results in optimized building performance.
The green team consisted of builder Rod Joly of Arbor Homes of Seagrove Development LLC, REALTORÂ® Michelle Joly ofÂ Davis Properties of Northwest Florida, Developer Greenway Park LLC, green consultant and FGBC certifier Pattie Glenn of Green$martÂ®, Inc., energy-rater Todd Trusty of Energy Services LLC, and permaculture designer Chandra Hartman of cfhdesignstudio. Utility Partners are Okaloosa Gas and Chelco Electrical Cooperative.
The home achieved a score of 200 points, aided by a HERS index of 51, to earn the platinum-level certification by the Florida Green Building Coalition. This energy efficient home features a tight building envelope using 2×6 frame construction with combined open cell SeaLiteâ¢ in the floor, closed cell InsulStarÂ®Â insulation in the attic, and GreenFiber Advantageâ¢ Â cellulose insulation in the walls.Â Indoor air quality and comfort was achieved by using a zoned RUDD RHPL Series variable speed17 SEER heat pump featuring a passive fresh-air ventilation system. The piered home site incorporated pervious driveway materials with innovative storm water treatment to reduce runoff.Â Okaloosa Gas serves the Jenn-air range, Whirlpool gas dryer, with gas back-up to the Rinnai tankless hot water.
The gold-level Florida Water StarSMÂ certification was achieved through incorporation of both indoor and outdoor water conservation measures. Its zero turf yard features native plantings and edible landscape of fruit and herbs, with only 15 percent of the landscape served by micro-drip irrigation from a community non-potable, shallow well piped from the development of Greenway Park. Its interior features include Delta Graile and Grohe WaterSenseÂ®Â faucets, Kohler dual-flush toilets and a Rinnai Tankless Hot Water on-demand system, along with water-conserving ENERGY STARÂ®Â appliances.