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

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 05:08 PM.

"The subdivision's developer, Ben Hammett, encourages all who buy into it to build green," said Joly. "But that was fine with us since we've thought green since the 1980s."

Indeed, there is no grass to mow at the Joly's home. But there are plenty of trees, flowers, mulch, and an edible garden surrounding the house, giving it a Garden of Eden look. Many of the trees are fruit bearing (persimmon, fig, lemon), and when the night's dinner calls for herbs, they are just steps away right outside the door.

Visitors to the Joly's 1,825-square-foot home will find no carpet on the floors, only wood that has no organic compounds in the glue.

The paint used on the walls is also low in VOC and the cabinets are rated "green."

The glass-tiled backsplash in the kitchen and the glass windows were purchased from the Re-Store.

All lights are florescent and all appliances are Energy Star rated.

The water heater is an on-demand appliance, and the air conditioning unit has a 20 percent higher rating than is required by the state.

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