‘Not sacrificing but saving’: Green home garners award for local couple

Joly home

Rod Joly showing the features of his green home.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 05:08 PM.

Going green has always been high on Rod Joly's list of priorities. And now he has been rewarded for his efforts.

Rod and Michelle Joly held an open house recently at their home and were presented a Platinum certificate and they received the Water Star award for their efforts in water conservation. Representatives from CHELCO, Okaloosa Gas, the Florida Green Builders Council, and Water Management District attended. They were also presented with a rebate from the gas company.

Joly is a contractor who has built more than 100 homes in South Walton since moving here 17 years ago from Tallahassee. He is with Arbor Homes of Seagrove Development while his wife Michelle works at Davis Properties of Northwest Florida. When building homes, Rod has consistently paid attention to details, recycled when he could, and used appliances with the highest ratings.

So, when the time came for him to build his own home, there was no question about whether it would be "green."

It began with the lot.

Joly and wife Michelle bought a 43 by 80-foot lot on Nature Way in Greenway Park subdivision on 30A in Seagrove. The land is adjacent to state forest property and connects to greenway trails. The development includes 3.5 acres of preserved land.

The lots are intentionally small so there is no need for a lawn.

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