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LifeStyle’s founding partner Larry Hufford accepted our “2016 Housing Innovation Award” from Sam Rashkin, the Chief Architect of the U.S. Department of Energy.
The LifeStyle team has put the final touches on our 4 Lakes model home! Vero Beach residents now have the opportunity to tour the ever-popular LifeStyle Monterey.
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.
An amendment to help spur more solar installations in the Sunshine State will be on your 2016 Florida Primary Election Ballot. LifeStyle Homes encourages you to vote YES!
With the completion of Kim and Dale Klaus’s solar home, we’re pleased to report that LifeStyle has now built 75 solar homes!
… There is no denying that the personal advantages are important, especially in tough economic times. Solar currently offers several financial and other pros that will become even more significant over time.
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.)
Today is Earth Day—a special day set aside to honor Mother Earth. At LifeStyle Homes, we’re celebrating our solar homeowners…
… The lower the score, the more efficient the home. Thus, the lower the score, the greater the electric-bill savings a homebuyer can expect to receive.
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!
It’s because of their love of the great outdoors and a motivation to protect the environment that the Hammonds chose to build a LifeStyle solar-power home. Read on.
In celebration of the recent news that the federal tax incentive for solar installations has been extended for an addition five years, we thought we’d share some fun facts on solar power.
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.
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.
… 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.
LifeStyle Homes was honored to receive an Aurora Award – “the most coveted symbol of building and design excellence in the building industry” – at this year’s Southeast Building Conference (SEBC)!
…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.
Every graduate of the first training group has received at least one job offer, proving the solar-vet partnership is a promising one.
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 is an incredibly important technology and will drastically impact our society’s future. Take a look at the ASES’s list. Solar supporters, what other points would you like to add?
Just recently, the National Solar Jobs Census released its 2014 numbers on employment figures and projected growth on a national level—and the results are highly encouraging.
This week, we’d like to re-introduce you to a home we recently revamped and relaunched, the LifeStyle Nevis. This home plan will serve at LifeStyle’s model home (currently under construction) in Alamanda Key.
We are now in position to build solar-powered homes for residents in Vero Beach! In fact, we’ve already got some projects in the works…
The Capri. It’s perhaps the most versatile home plan offering the best value for homebuyers in our entire collection. And here’s why…
The LifeStyle Tesla’s battery is being charged at our solar-powered model homes. These homes harness the power of the sun to produce their own clean energy.
Similar to a car’s MPG rating, your H.E.R.S. score will reveal just how efficient your home is, as well as how much you can expect to save on your monthly electricity bills.
This home represents a whole new level of high-performance home building not yet witnessed on the Space Coast.
“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.
LifeStyle’s solar homeowners will tell you that one of the coolest things about owning a solar system is being able to track and monitor its performance.
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.
LifeStyle team members enjoyed spending a portion of last week at GreenTrends 2014—an annual conference presented by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC). The conference fosters the growth of sustainable, green building throughout Florida.
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.”
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.
When it comes to the outlook of the housing market, good news seems to be hitting us from all directions. Take a look at some of the recent headlines we’re celebrating on the local, state, and national levels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]