Posts Categorized: Florida Solar Energy Center

LED Lighting: A New Standard At LifeStyle Homes

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Energy Efficiency, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Indian River County New Homes, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, New Homes in Melbourne, New Homes in Palm Bay, New Homes Merritt Island, New Homes Viera, Sebastian Home Builder, Sebastian New Homes, SunSmart, Vero Beach Builder, Vero Beach Solar Powered Home, Zero-Energy Ready Home.

A bit of persistence on our end, coupled with manufacturers’ declining costs, has moved us to a point where it makes sense to include LEDs in our homes.

Here’s What Net-Zero Energy Looks Like

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Florida Power & Light, Florida Solar Energy Center, Net Metering, Net Metering Policy in Florida, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, New Homes in Melbourne, SunSmart, Vero Beach Builder, Vero Beach Solar Powered Home.

This chart provides a month-long visual representation of a solar system’s energy production. On certain days, the solar system produced more energy than its owners used (represented by points with negative kilowatt hours.)

LifeStyle Homes: Winner of Two Platinum Awards for the 2016 Treasure Coast Parade of Homes!

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Florida Solar Energy Center, Indian River County New Homes, Net Zero Energy Home, Sebastian Home Builder, SunSmart, Vero Beach Builder.

LifeStyle Homes was proud to have two model homes to showcase in last week’s Treasure Coast Parade of Homes. Even better, the LifeStyle team walked away with two Platinum Awards, plus a Merit Award for Best Kitchen!

COMPLETED: The Space Coast’s First and Only U.S. Department of Energy “Zero-Energy Ready Home”

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, DOE Challenge Home, Florida Solar Energy Center, HERS Index Score, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes in Melbourne, SunSmart, Zero-Energy Ready Home.

It’s been a long road, but we did it! LifeStyle Homes has successfully built the first and only U.S. Department of Energy “Zero-Energy Ready Home” in Brevard County.

Can Solar Panels Increase the Value of Your Home? Yes!

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We at LifeStyle Homes have promoted the idea that adding a solar system to your home’s rooftop will not only increase its value, but help it sell quicker if and when you decide to move. And new research recently released by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California is supporting this claim.

Progress Report: DOE “Zero-Energy Ready Home” Taking Shape in Pineda Springs

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Builders Challenge Home, Florida Solar Energy Center, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, New Homes in Melbourne, Pineda Springs, Zero-Energy Ready Home.

… There are very few homes built to this caliber of energy-efficiency in the United States, so we are very gratified to be building the first one of its kind on the Space Coast.

Keeping Up with the “Clean-Energy Revolution”

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…In an effort to keep this momentum going, as well as help disseminate information on solar’s growth throughout the world, LifeStyle Homes recently launched a new page on our website called: The Clean-Energy Revolution.

We’re Breaking Ground on the Space Coast’s FIRST Department of Energy “Zero-Energy Ready Home”

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Builders Challenge Home, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, New Homes in Melbourne, Pineda Springs, Zero-Energy Ready Home.

With building strategies determined, the home site selected, the plans engineered, and building permit in hand, we are finally ready to break ground on this remarkable home!

Solar’s Potential To Significantly Slow the Pace of Global Warming

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“Crazy As It Sounds, Solar Could Be The World’s Most Important Energy Source By 2050.” Recently, Fast Company published this story citing that solar energy is in position to “meet an ever-increasing share of energy demand.

Please Welcome the Newest Addition to LifeStyle Homes—A Tesla Model S!

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Energy Efficiency, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Solar-Powered, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart.

This all-electric vehicle represents the most efficient, technologically advanced vehicle on the road today. If you’re wondering why LifeStyle invested in an electric vehicle, allow us to explain.

Energy Savers Spotlight: Meet the Collver Family

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Energy-Savers Spotlight, Florida Power & Light, Florida Solar Energy Center, Net Zero Energy Home.

Seven years ago, LifeStyle Homes built a home for Pam Collver’s parents in Titusville’s Sisson Meadows. Pam and her husband, Charlie, were “impressed with the quality of construction and attention paid to even the smallest details.” So, when it came time to build their own home, the couple says “LifeStyle was their first choice.”

LifeStyle Homes Featured Community: Cross Creek Lake Estates

Posted by & filed under 30 Years in Business, Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Homes, Net Zero Energy Home, Sebastian Home Builder, Sebastian New Homes.

Last week, we officially opened the doors to our newest model home in Cross Creek Lake Estates. While we’re elated about the opening of this model home, we’re also extremely proud to be one of the preferred builders in this gorgeous Sebastian neighborhood.

New Online Tool Takes You Behind the Walls of LifeStyle Homes

Posted by & filed under 250 SunSmart homes, Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Florida Solar Energy Center, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, SunSmart, SunSmart Cutaway.

We at LifeStyle Homes are proud to roll out our LifeStyle SunSmart℠ cutaway tool. This new online tool gives you the opportunity to virtually see behind the walls of our homes, thus allowing us to demonstrate to you our better way of building.

Celebrating Solar on Earth Day

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Earth Day, Economic Engine, Energy Efficiency, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, SunSmart.

On April 22, 1970 — the first Earth Day — millions of Americans came together to fight for a clean, sustainable environment. At that time, the general population knew little about solar power and the massive impact it would eventually have on the conservation and protection of our planet.

New Poll Says 77% of Floridians Support Net Metering. Where Do You Stand?

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Florida Power & Light, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Net Metering, Net Metering Policy in Florida, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, SunSmart.

Floridians want solar-system owners to continue to receive credit for the energy their solar systems add to the grid, without the threat of utility companies imposing unnecessary fees.

LifeStyle Homes is Featured on the Cover of SpaceCoast Business Magazine!

Posted by & filed under 30 Years in Business, Builder's Joy, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, LifeStyle Anniversary, LifeStyle Magazine Cover, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Solar-Powered, SpaceCoast Business magazine, Spacecoast Living magazine, SunSmart.

SpaceCoast Business magazine’s annual sustainability-themed issue is out now, and we at LifeStyle Homes are extremely proud to be featured on the cover! Thank you to the team at SpaceCoast Business for selecting LifeStyle to receive this honor.

Happy Anniversary to Us! LifeStyle Homes is Celebrating 30 Years in Business!

Posted by & filed under 30 Years in Business, 30th Anniversary Celebration, Energy Efficiency, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, LifeStyle Anniversary, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Solar-Powered, SunSmart.

It was in April 1984 that two former school teachers, Larry Hufford and John Luhn, built “The Challenger” – a 1,360 square-foot model home in Palm Bay. The completion of this home signified the launch of LifeStyle Homes. Today, exactly 30 years later, the LifeStyle team is looking back at all the achievements, milestones, and turning points that got us where we are today.

Energy Savers Spotlight: Meet The Adams Family

Posted by & filed under 250 SunSmart homes, Builder's Joy, Builders Challenge Home, Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Florida Solar Energy Center, Indialantic home, RESNET, Saving Energy, SunSmart.

We at LifeStyle Homes are celebrating the completion of our 250th LifeStyle SunSmart℠ home! We couldn’t be happier to have built this milestone home for such a wonderful family – Mark and Beth Adams, and their adorable daughter Lily. The Adams family chose our Bimini home plan with some special modifications for their Indialantic property.

SPECIAL SOLAR PROMOTION!

Posted by & filed under 30th Anniversary Celebration, Builder's Joy, Building Science, Energy Contest, Energy Efficiency, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, Solar-Powered, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV.

If you’re thinking of building a solar-powered home with LifeStyle Homes, now is the time to make your move! For the next two months, LifeStyle Homes is offering an additional 15% off our new, lower solar-system prices.

There’s More to Energy Efficiency in New Homes Than Meets the Eye

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Custom Home Service, Design- Build, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, RESNET, Satisfying Customers, Saving Energy, Solar-Powered, SunSmart.

Melbourne, FL – February 23, 2014 – It might seem strange showing you an iceberg to make a point about solar-powered homes, but when we share the point, you’ll get it in a flash and maybe even roll your eyes. Wait for it… Here it comes…There’s more to energy efficient new homes than meets the […]

Understanding the Courage It Took to Go Solar

Posted by & filed under 30th Anniversary Celebration, Builder's Joy, Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Florida Solar Energy Center, Photo Voltaic, Satisfying Customers, Saving Energy, Solar-Powered, SunSmart.

Melbourne, FL – February 16, 2014 – A couple of weeks ago, we posted a blog in this space briefly recounting the historical development of the LifeStyle Homes Energy Efficiency Initiative.  You can find it two clicks to the right. The major purpose of that piece was to thank again our building scientist friends at […]

Tracing Our Roots in Solar Powered Homes

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Builders Challenge Home, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Florida Solar Energy Center, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Satisfying Customers, Saving Energy, Solar-Powered, SunSmart, SunSmartPV.

Melbourne, FL – February 2, 2014 – We have often mentioned our building scientist friends at the Florida Solar Energy Center, in this Blog, and we have thanked them for their guidance and inspiration, but probably not often enough or strongly enough. The truth is, they showed us the way we have followed in our […]

Follow the Money in Solar Power Policy

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Florida Solar Energy Center, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Saving Energy, Solar-Powered, SunSmart, SunSmartPV.

Melbourne, FL – January 26, 2014 – At Lifestyle Homes, we think it’s high time that government at all levels decides to get behind solar power as the ready-right-now way to attack our country’s energy crisis. We know what can be done, because we are doing it. Everything we learned about how to advance solar […]

LifeStyle Homes Congratulates FSEC on Grant

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, DOE Challenge Home, Energy Efficiency, Florida Solar Energy Center, Net Zero Energy Home, RESNET, Satisfying Customers, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV.

LifeStyle Homes is pleased to let you know that the Florida Solar Energy Center has been awarded a major grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to work on making it easier for Floridians to add solar energy to their existing homes.

LifeStyle Homes EEBA Conference Report

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, Solar-Powered, SunSmart, SunSmartPV.

Melbourne, FL – September 29, 2013 – Our LifeStyle Homes blog this week is a continuation of our post last week. If you are new to LifeStyle Homes, please read last week’s post to get the entire story of the remarkable experience we enjoyed this week. We were pleased and excited to attend the annual […]

LifeStyle Homes Phoenix Success Story

Posted by & filed under Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy & Environmental Building Alliance, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Florida Solar Energy Center, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, SunSmart, SunSmartPV.

Phoenix, AZ – Yes, this is the LifeStyle Homes you know and love in Central Florida, only this week  some of us are in Phoenix, Arizona participating in the annual Energy and Environmental Building Alliance Conference, as guests of our building science friends at the Florida Solar Energy Center. We will have the great opportunity […]

LifeStyle Homes Happy Labor Day Wishes

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Melbourne, FL – September 1, 2013 – Labor Day is one of our favorite holidays at Brevard County Builder LifeStyle Homes. It gives us a chance to reflect on the huge contributions of loyalty, skill, craftsmanship and professionalism we have received from our sub-contractors over the years. One of the things that distinguishes LifeStyle Homes […]