Sustainability is key to the LEED for Homes certification process. Sustainable features permeate the house, most notably in its construction. Concepts such as advanced framing, engineered joints and trusses, and the use of quality materials ensure the house stands up to the test of time.

The goal of sustainable building is to avoid expending the energy and materials to rebuild prematurely. Had the original 1955 house been built to LEED standards, there would have been no need to tear it down, we would have just remodeled.

While we interviewed several builders, a few points brought us to

Artex Development. Friends who had worked with Artex talked about the quality and care that they put into their work. Also, our architect worked with them on a contemporary project and upon touring that property we were impressed by the design, the quality of the work and particularly the finish-out. Finally, we also thought it was important to get a builder who was familiar with Green construction.

ArTex General Contractor Ross Boorhem was excited about the possibility of building Dallas' first LEED-Certified Platinum home that also involved the "deconstruction" of the

existing house. Prior to this project, he was already incorporating Green practices, but had not taken the full leap to LEED. To Ross' credit, even before we officially hired ArTex, he delved into the USGBC requirements.

ArTex Development was formed by partners Mitch Lee and Randall Oxford after they successfully built/renovated many of their own properties. Mitch is a 25-year real estate professional with an established reputation in Dallas, the Park Cities and beyond. Randall retired from a 28-year career in public relations to concentrate on his passion for home design and construction.

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