(HARDEEVILLE, SC) Osprey Lake Plantation is Jasper County’s first all-LEED housing development to be registered in the LEED for Homes certification program. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the internationally-recognized standard for high performance, low water and energy use buildings awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Osprey Lake Plantation is a unique lakefront community located less than 10 minutes from Savannah and 15 minutes from downtown Bluffton. Many of the 62 home sites surround the 18-acre lake with a neighborhood dock, said Jerry Reeves IV of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. Lakefront home sites can also have a private dock. Osprey Lake is located less than five miles from two public boat launches and offers on-site boat storage. Homes start in the low $200,000 price range.
“People are looking for value right now, both short-term value and value for the long term, and LEED houses do that,” said Reeves. “Energy and water costs are dramatically reduced because of Energy Star and LEED features.” An open house will be held in the fall.
The homes will be 25-30 percent more energy efficient than the standard home being built today, explained Tommy Linstroth of Melaver Sustainability Consulting. The homes will be third-party tested and verified as part of the LEED certification process, which lets future owners know their home is truly “green” and energy efficient.
Some of the features include:
• Energy Star windows
• Spray-foam insulation
• Energy efficient lighting
• Low-VOC paint, adhesives and sealants. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, some of which may have long- or short-term adverse health effects, including autism, asthma, allergies and bronchitis.
• Low-flow water fixtures and dual-flush toilets
• Drought-tolerant plants
• Drywall that is a by-product of coal burning
• Green space for Osprey Lake set aside by the developers
• Tree preservation plan
The location is as much of a draw as the energy efficiency, Reeves said.
“It’s a great location to live – it gives easy access to the Talmadge Bridge,” Reeves said. “You don’t have to fight the traffic on the southside out Abercorn Street, out Highway 21 to Effingham, or out Highway 80 to Pooler. You have a great quality of life, with very large lots and lakefront property.”
Melaver Sustainability Consulting will be providing LEED for Homes certification for the 62 homes at Osprey Lake Plantation. As a LEED for Homes provider, (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Melaver Sustainability Consulting has been tested, qualified, and certified to provide these services. Combined with hands-on job site experience, the Melaver team can offer the highest level of experience based in the southeast.
Each home at Osprey Lake Plantation will be analyzed for sustainable construction practices, the materials used, and then tested for energy and water efficiency. LEED for Homes providers offer third party project certification, and guide project teams through the overall certification process. All projects that wish to participate in the LEED for Homes program through the U.S. Green Building Council must do so through a LEED for Homes Provider.
Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.
For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit www.celiadunnsir.com. To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.