Posts Categorized: Green Building

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.

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!

LifeStyle Homes Featured Community: Tuscany Estates

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Don’t wait too long to secure your favorite home site in Tuscany Estates. This picturesque, ideally-located neighborhood has flown under the radar for quite some time, but more and more homebuyers are now taking notice of its many wonderful draws.

LifeStyle Homes Featured Community: San Marino Estates

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Green Homes, LifeStyle Featured Community, New Homes Brevard County, New Homes in Melbourne, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart.

San Marino Estates is the epitome of luxury living in North Melbourne. All homes feature paver driveways, tile roofs, granite or quartz countertops, tile in all main living areas, built-in stainless-steel appliances, and many more upgrades.

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.

LifeStyle Homes Featured Community: Pineda Springs

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Energy Efficiency, FL, Green Building, LifeStyle Featured Community, New Homes Brevard County, Pineda Springs.

With all the great schools, attractions, and conveniences afforded by living in North Melbourne, growth in this area is continuing at a healthy pace. And the introduction of LifeStyle Homes’ Pineda Springs neighborhood presents another opportunity for residents to build their dream home here.

Energy Savers Spotlight: Meet the Van Bever Family

Posted by & filed under Brevard Solar Powered Homes, Energy-Savers Spotlight, Green Building, New Homes Brevard County, Pineda Ridge, Saving Energy, SunSmart.

When we at LifeStyle Homes finish building a new home for our customers, we hope it will be a haven for its owners—a place where their family will make lasting memories. That said, we were overjoyed when we heard that Brent and Michelle Van Bever—former high-school sweethearts who reunited after 33 years—were married in their new LifeStyle home this past March!

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.

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.

High Quality Construction Supports Energy Efficiency

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Green Homes, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Satisfying Customers, Saving Energy, SunSmart.

Melbourne, FL – March 02, 2014 – In our continuing quest toward our goal at LifeStyle Homes to provide affordable new homes that make enough electricity on their rooftops to sustain the families living in them and recharge two electric automobiles overnight, all for free, we often talk about high-tech things like the photovoltaic panels […]

Join Us at the Dark Sky Festival in the Town of Harmony This Weekend!

Posted by & filed under 30th Anniversary Celebration, Builder's Joy, Energy Efficiency, Fun Events for the Family, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Solar-Powered.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Dark Sky Festival – one of the premier events of the Town of Harmony. If you’ve never been to this festival, we strongly encourage you to check it out this Friday and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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 […]

LifeStyle Homes: Accelerating Toward Goal

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Green Homes, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV.

We have told you our goal is to offer affordable new homes that make all the electricity they need to support a family of five and produce enough surplus that can be sold back to the utility company to pay for recharging two electric cars overnight.

LifeStyle Homes: A DOE Research Partner

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Builders Challenge Home, Building Science, Buying a Home, DOE Challenge Home, Energy & Environmental Building Alliance, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Green Homes, New Homes Brevard County, RESNET, SunSmart.

Melbourne, FL – Sunday, October 13, 2013 – Since we returned from the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Conference in Phoenix, discussions with the U.S. Department of Energy have accelerated regarding the possibility that LifeStyle Homes may agree to build a DOE Challenge Home to test the latest thinking of building scientists about how to […]

LifeStyle Homes School Renovation Update

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Design- Build, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Green Homes, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Saving Energy, School Support, Solar-Powered, SunSmart, SunSmartPV.

Melbourne, FL – October 07, 2013 – Returning to its roots, LifeStyle Homes has recently completed a major donation in kind by renovating the front office reception area of University Park Elementary School, here in Melbourne. “We love to do projects like this,” said Larry Hufford, Founding Chairman of LifeStyle Homes. “Remember, both my late […]

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 […]

Brevard Solar-Powered LifeStyle Homes

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Green Homes, Net Zero Energy Home, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Solar-Powered, SunSmart, SunSmartPV.

Melbourne, FL – September 08, 2013 – Please click on the red text below to see the complete text of this blog. Of course, we hope you will want to read it all the way through, but what we really want you to see first is our brand new LifeStyle Homes corporate logo. It will […]

LifeStyle Homes Happy Labor Day Wishes

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

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 […]

Brevard County Solar-Powered Builder

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

Melbourne, FL – August 25, 2013 – LifeStyle Homes is proud to be your Brevard County Solar-Powered Builder. Our national-leading line of HERS 59 SunSmart℠ homes and truly remarkable solar-powered HERS 0 (zero), Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV℠ homes offer our customers game-changing home energy cost savings as well as significant family home health benefits. Both […]

Brevard Net Zero Missing Ingredient II

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Custom Home Service, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – August 04, 2013 – In last week’s discussion about the marvels of the Solar-Powered, Net Zero Energy Homes being built by LifeStyle Homes right here in Brevard County, we told you there was something left out of our story; the Brevard Net Zero Missing Ingredient. Like the eleven o’clock TV news people do, […]

Net Zero Energy Homes in Brevard

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Energy Efficiency, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – July 28, 2013 – LifeStyle Homes is proud to be the center for Net Zero Energy Homes in Brevard County. Our truly remarkable, Sun Powered, Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV℠ homes produce as much electricity as they’ll consume during a year’s time, giving rise to our positioning phrase, “Free Electricity for LIFE!” If […]

Building Science in Brevard County

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, DOE Challenge Home, Energy Efficiency, Florida Green Building Coalition, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, RESNET, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – July 21, 2013 – LifeStyle Homes is proud to be the center for Building Science in Brevard County, Florida. Our guaranteed HERS 59 LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes are today affording their owners guaranteed 40 percent energy cost savings compared to comparable homes built conventionally and  whopping 70 percent compared to similarly sized homes […]

Energy Efficient Homes for Brevard

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Melbourne, FL – July 14, 2013 – LifeStyle Homes is proud to be the leading builder of energy efficient homes for Brevard County, Florida. Our customers are reaping many benefits. First, our guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart℠ homes deliver significant family health benefits by cleaning up indoor air quality – responding to the fact that the […]

LifeStyle Homes-Big Energy Week Ahead

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – July 7, 2013 – A big energy efficiency week is coming up for LifeStyle Homes. It’s time for the annual Southeast Builders Conference in Orlando, hosted by the Florida Home Builders Association. A number of your LifeStyle friends will be going to see what’s new in building products and technologies. High on […]

LifeStyle Homes – Energy Independence Day Would Help Us Stay Strong and Free

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Got Your 6, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – June 30, 2013 – It’s a good thing that we pause each year in mid-summer to reflect on the heroic courage of our nation’s founding fathers in declaring our independence on July 4, 1776. It is even more appropriate that we honor the servicemen and women who leave their families and loved ones behind and take their stand […]

LifeStyle Homes – Cost Neutrality For You!

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Policy, Energy Star, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – June 23, 2013 – When considering the purchase of a guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart℠ or remarkable Net Zero Energy, Sun Powered, SunSmartPV℠ home from LifeStyle Homes in Brevard County, Florida, you would do well the keep the principle of COST NEUTRALITY in mind. The bottom line of COST NEUTRALITY is that you […]

LifeStyle Homes – Good Design Always Wins

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – June 16, 2013 – Being among the leaders in building high performance homes, both our guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart℠ homes and our truly remarkable Sun Powered Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV℠ homes, we at LifeStyle Homes eagerly await the arrival of each issue of GreenBuilder magazine, perhaps the leading magazine devoted to energy […]

LifeStyle Homes – Green or Energy Efficient?

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – June 9, 2013 – At least two good things happened at this week’s National Association of Home Builders Spring Board of Directors meeting in Washington, DC. A whole lot of home builders from all across the nation gathered to share stories of market recoveries in their home areas. That was one activity […]

LifeStyle Homes – Market Rebound is Here!

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, RESNET, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – June 2, 2013 – No matter where you look, evidence of housing recovery is plain to see. The widely regarded Case Shiller Home Price Index reported historic double digit percentage price gains in the last year across the national housing market. This is astounding news and most welcome, not only for the […]

LifeStyle Homes – Happy Memorial Day!

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Fun Events for the Family, Got Your 6, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, Net Zero Energy Home, New Homes Brevard County, RESNET, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town.

Melbourne, FL – May 26, 2013 – All of us at Brevard County builder LifeStyle Homes wish you the very best for a happy Memorial Day. May it be a blessing for you all and the beginning of a great summer in the Sun. As the Nation’s leading builder of guaranteed HERS 59 SunSmart℠ homes […]