Landmark Home Under Construction

Matt Means is doing his part to leave Tulsa better than he found it.
The owner of LandMark Resources LLC is constructing a 3,400-SF speculative home at 1536 E. 35th Place. It is the first single-family dwelling in the Tulsa area that is registered with the certification goal of Gold under LEED-H (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes).
The Tulsa-based builder believes in the environment and about being energy efficient.
“There are different shades of ‘green,’” Means said. “People can do little things, like putting in florescent bulbs, or go all the way to LEED-H — the top designation.”
LEED-H design is a tool developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that verifies the durability, sustainability and performance of homes. The benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green homes will lower energy costs and water bills, cut down on mold, mildew and indoor air pollution.
Means earns credits toward Gold certification for incorporating the following into the building process:
— Digging 310-foot wells for geothermal heating and cooling.
— Adding 10 modular solar panels that will generate a fifth of the home’s electricity.
— Using Icynene spray foam insulation. The state-of-the-art, spray-in-place soft foam insulation is revolutionizing home and commercial building performance.
In addition, Means is installing a water system that is used to contribute to LEED construction initiatives.
The $300 unit recycles “gray” water, captured from the vanity sink, to flush the toilet tank. Means is re-using beams pulled from Oklahoma barns, courtesy of Timber and Beam Solutions, in the Great Room and on the rear porch.
“I earn points for that if the recycled material is within a certain radius,” Means said.
LEED guidelines credit Means for building the home, which has four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, near Brookside.
The geothermal wells will cost about $24,000. Once complete, the geothermal system will have a 27 SEER rating — more than twice the standard. SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is the most commonly used measurement for the efficiency of central air conditioning. It is considered a reliable indicator for the overall energy efficiency of the unit.
The solar panels will cost another $16,000.
While the geothermal wells and solar panels may seem expensive, homeowners will be able to deduct up to 30 percent of the cost for these energy saving measures under newly enacted tax credit laws, Means said.
“That translates into a $7,200 credit for the geothermal wells and a $4,800 credit for the solar panels.” While the tax credits make it more affordable, Means also indicates that the “homeowner will receive a quicker return on investment, and be able to justify the remaining expense with the lower energy bills.”
Builders utilize LEED consultants to assist them in verifying that all requirements are met and submitted for processing. LandMark is working closely with Craig Immel, a LEED Accredited Professional in Tulsa. Immel has more than eight years of experience in the real estate and construction industry.
In the fall of 2009, LandMark Resources will host a tour of this LEED-H / Southern Living Dream Home to benefit the non-profit organization of Sustainable Tulsa.
LandMark Resources, a family business, specializes in homes from $500,000 to $2 million. With more than five years of experience, LandMark incorporates distinctive floor plans, design elements and details to make each home one-of-a-kind. The new “green” home going up near Brookside will be priced at $625,000.

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