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Tulsa Time: A Green Duplex in Oklahoma Earns LEED Platinum Certification

A deep green duplex makes the most of its urban lot and invites Oklahomans to embrace sustainable building.



The home is constructed from structural insulated panels (SIPs) made in nearby Bartlesville.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
On the roof, drought-tolerant fescue surrounds a rooftop skylight, which Shelby and Rachel list among their favorite home features.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
Folding, accordian-style porch and balcony doors open the home fully to the outdoors.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
With indoor/outdoor connections, a living roof and expansive windows, the home expresses homeowner and architect Shelby Navarro's desire to show "balance and harmony" between man and nature.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
Reclaimed barnwood floors and roof beams lend a rustic feel to the sleek home's modern design.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
Shelby juxtaposes contrasting materials such as smooth walls with rough wood trusses and raw steel with glossy bamboo floors.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
Rachel, Shelby and their Yorkshire Terrier, Doc, enjoy a warm Oklahoma afternoon.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
A wood-walled outdoor shower with recycled glass tiles lends a spa-like quality.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
Reclaimed wood countertops bring warmth to the bathroom.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
Squak Mountain Stone countertops are made with recycled paper and recycled glass.
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Wide balcony doors and a floor-to-ceiling curtain allow varying levels of light and breeze into the master bedroom. Local artist Kim Fonder created the painting above the bed.
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