Arbor Homes of Seagrove is raising the bar for local home construction standards by being the first project in the Walton County area to achieve a gold-level Florida Water Star SM certification for water efficiency and a platinum-level green home certification by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC).

Walton County
Green Home’s Landscape

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 REALTOR®, so she understood the importance of green home features and how to communicate their value to homeowners.

The couple’s passion for sustainability eventually led them down a path of “walking the talk,” and so Arbor Homes of Seagrove LLC was conceived. Their vision began with the wisdom to formally develop a core group of green professionals, known in the industry as a ‘green team,’ 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, REALTOR® Michelle Joly of Davis Properties of Northwest Florida, Developer Greenway Park LLC, green consultant and FGBC certifier Pattie Glenn of Green$mart®, 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 SeaLite™ in the floor, closed cell InsulStar® insulation in the attic, and GreenFiber Advantage™  cellulose insulation in the walls.  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.  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 StarSM 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 WaterSense® faucets, Kohler dual-flush toilets and a Rinnai Tankless Hot Water on-demand system, along with water-conserving ENERGY STAR® appliances.

Arbor Homes will be officially recognized at an educational GREEN OPEN HOUSE on November 15th 2012, 3:30 to 5:50 PM at 74 Greenway Park Avenue. The public is invited to attend.