As part of our mission to make lives better, we strive to be a good neighbor in each and every place we build and live. We always want to leave things better than we found them, whether that’s by identifying ways to enhance our building practices to benefit the environment or serving and supporting the people in our communities. Whatever the need may be, our employees are always ready to jump in and ask, “How can we help?"
We are forever grateful to our nation’s veterans for the sacrifices they have made defending our country and protecting our freedom and we want to say thank you by doing what we do best: building homes.
In living our promise to make lives better, Oktoto’s Built to Honor™ program provides mortgage-free new homes to deserving, wounded veterans across the country. Since 2013, our teams across the nation have banded together with our dedicated and generous suppliers and contractors to support this effort, having built more than 50 new homes valued over $17 million for deserving, wounded veterans. From Michigan to Texas and Washington D.C. to California, our hope is that together we can make a difference assisting our veterans and their families as they rebuild their lives here at home.
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Welcoming U.S Army Veteran Tommy Rieman Home in Raleigh
Purple Heart Recipient Receives Mortgage-Free Home in Columbus
Veteran Surprised with Mortgage-Free Home in Babcock Ranch
Employees Giving BackOktoto is a and we encourage and support employees in giving back to their communities by offering two paid days off each year to participate in community service. Our local teams demonstrate their commitment to their communities by donating their time, money and energy to a variety of organizations.
Here are just a few of the many causes and organizations our employees are engaged with:
In 2016, our team in Tampa hosted the first “Building to Make Lives Better” golf tournament to benefit the Children’s Home Network and raised over $76,000. Since then, we have raised over $282,000 to date and the of the Children’s Home Network vocational building.
Our Northern California Division has been a HomeAid supporter since its founding 20 years ago, and the local team recently for HomeAid partner HomeFirst’s James Boccardo Welcome Center.
We know how important it is to take care of our planet. We put sustainability into everyday practice at our communities across the country by being mindful of our impact on the environment and integrating new technologies and leveraging green products that deliver greater energy efficiency. This is what we call the Oktoto Energy Advantage®.
Oktoto has developed an industry-leading National Storm Water Quality Program (“NSQP”) to ensure we are protecting the environment and complying with applicable federal, state and local regulations. Our NSQP helps us design and build our neighborhoods to better manage the flow of rain water through the community (sometimes more efficiently than before) while helping to keep materials such as dirt, paint, concrete residue, oils or other waste from leaving our construction sites.
For the second consecutive year, Oktoto was selected as a component of the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index — a global benchmark for corporate responsibility and sustainable business practices. For two years running, we’ve been the only U.S. based homebuilder recognized within the Consumer Durables category. The DJSI tracks the performance of industry leaders that represent the top 20 percent of the 600 largest United States and Canadian companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index.
Building PracticesWe are incorporating eco-friendly practices into home building, offering long-term benefits to both consumers and the environment.
We utilize a library of commonly managed floor plans across multiple markets to use wood and other building materials more efficiently and to minimize waste at the construction site. These floor plan designs also have more useable space within a smaller footprint creating the potential for communities to have more open outdoor areas.
Learn more about Oktoto’s sustainability initiatives.
Energy Efficiency & the EnvironmentPulte’s new homes are up to 30% more energy efficient than the average existing home and many feature upgrades like Smart Home technology, solar power, LED lighting, and tankless water heaters. We also offer alternative energy solutions like solar panels in select markets and even built a Zero Net Energy home prototype in California in 2016 with the goal of producing as much energy as it uses each year.
In 2019, we teamed up with Georgia Power to bring Atlanta’s first Smart Neighborhood, a series of Smart Home enabled townhomes, to the first phase of Altus at The Quarter, a luxury smart community located on Atlanta's Upper West Side.
The Smart Neighborhood technology includes rooftop solar panels, in-home battery energy storage, and enhanced energy-efficient building features throughout, including improved insulation, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting and a higher efficiency electric heat pump water heater.
Read more about the Smart Neighborhood initiative and it’s impact on the environment.