Green construction is here to stay and is, in fact, growing by leaps and bounds. Building practices that include component materials or construction processes that minimize waste, improve air and water quality, and reduce energy consumption, will improve our quality of life and protect the environment for future generations. Ultimately, however, a green-built home is not only recognized for its environmental considerations, but also for the value of recovered costs over time which our customers realize through reduced operating and maintenance expenses.

The internationally recognized leader of the green building movement is the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), whose certifying body is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System for New Construction. As a LEED AP (Accredited Professional), Joseph Rokop, General Contractor for Rokop, has the expertise required to design a green building to LEED standards, and to coordinate the documentation process that is necessary for LEED certification. Rokop General Contractors is committed to sustainable green building design and the use of eco-friendly building components and practices whenever possible. These include (to name just a few): foam insulation for attic spaces, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, recycled and sustainable materials (such as bamboo or cork) for interior living spaces, specifying low or no-VOC substance paints and adhesives, energy-efficient lighting options, and water-friendly landscape design. With today’s green building materials and techniques, every family can live in a noticeably healthier environment, with no inconvenience or change in lifestyle.

Rokop General Contractors, Inc. was awarded LEED Platinum Certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in May 2015 for their custom-home project on North A Street in South Tampa. The USGBC is the world-recognized authority on green building construction, and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the certifying arm of the USGBC, promoting green design and construction by awarding points to projects within seven categories of environmental performance. A LEED-certified home uses less energy and water and fewer natural resources, creates less waste, and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants.

This Platinum certification (highest level possible) was achieved by Rokop GC Inc. working in conjunction with Two Trails Inc., a ‘green rater’ firm located in Bradenton, FL, and utilizing the architectural services of Joe’s brother, Robert Rokop, AIA of Sarasota. Joseph Rokop is a LEED AP (Accredited Professional), BD+C (Building Design + Construction).

This healthy and sustainable home includes a high-efficiency HVAC system, spray foam insulation under the roof, thermally-efficient vinyl impact-resistant windows and doors, “Cool” roof shingle system, Energy Star appliances and fixtures, LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, Florida native landscaping, no-formaldehyde MDF interior doors, and no-VOC paints. Additionally, the exterior block walls were clad with an exterior coating which mixes the house color right into the stucco formula so that future painting is not necessary.

The 1730 square foot home boasts an extremely livable and efficient floor plan, without one inch of wasted space. Along with volume ceilings and tall doorways, the home’s open floor plan contributes to the feel of a much larger house. Carefully located doors and windows allow for lots of natural light while still maintaining privacy, and thoughtfully designed cabinetry, closets and storage areas (including an air-conditioned attic and custom storage in the over-sized garage), allow the homeowner to neatly store collectibles, while keeping the home’s interior uncluttered. Rokop’s design team worked closely with the owner in choosing unique and beautiful fixtures and finishes that turned this “green” home into a “dream” home.

At Rokop General Contractors, we are committed to building green homes that are beautiful, functional, and environmentally sound. Contact Rokop General Contractors today to find out how we can help you realize your green building plans.