Posts Categorized: Water Star

“Cocooning” Takes On a Whole New Meaning

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

Melbourne, FL – June 10, 2012 – Coined by futurist thinker Faith Popcorn, in the nineteen seventies, “Cocooning” refers to the inclination of American consumers to seek a safe and secure refuge from the stresses of modern life in their own homes. The concept, as well as the word, have become part of our culture, […]

Uh Oh, Alberto Says, “Hello, Get Ready!”

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, DOE Challenge Home, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Florida Green Building Coalition, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – May 20, 2012 – Yes, friends and neighbors, it’s that time of year again when we should all take stock of our readiness to make it through another season of possible inclement weather. This Sunday evening, Tropical Storm Alberto is stumbling around offshore near Jacksonville, sort of like a drunken sailor. Chances […]

LifeStyle Homes Ups the Quality Challenge

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, DOE Challenge Home, Energy Star, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, RESNET, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – MAY 13, 2012 – The phone calls and emails have been flying furiously this week between LifeStyle Homes in Melbourne, FL, and leading officials of the Department of Energy in Washington. Now that DOE has released the particulars for their second generation Builders Challenge program, they have been recruiting builders to commit […]

We’ve Been Counting Up Energy Efficiency

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Building Science, Buying a Home, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – May 06, 2012 – We’re getting ready to introduce a new feature on our LifeStyle Homes website that will display up to date numbers for guaranteed HERS 60 SunSmart℠ homes and Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV homes built to date. Every time we complete another of these remarkable homes, we’ll update the numbers […]

Move Ahead Smartly by Focusing Your Mind

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, Saving Energy, Sun Powered Homes, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – April 29, 2012 – At LifeStyle Homes, we genuinely care about your quality of life. Our principal contribution toward that is most likely made through building our guaranteed HERS 60 SunSmart℠ energy efficient homes and our truly remarkable Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV℠ homes, which over a year’s time generate as much electricity […]

Early In The Morning 100 Years Ago Today

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

Melbourne, FL – April 15, 2012 – Few events in history resonate with so many people around the world as the tragic loss of RMS Titanic, the pride of the White Star Line, which occurred 100 years ago today. Some of us at LifeStyle Homes will pause a moment today, and maybe say a small […]

Faith + Knowledge + Guts Bring Success!

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – April 08, 2012 – This is a blog about the significance of the coming dawn. On this Easter Sunday, Christians around the world celebrate the risen Christ, many at sunrise services. The parallel is obvious, isn’t it? But in our secular business world, we can at last say with conviction that the […]

Brighter Days Just Ahead for Housing

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Economic Engine, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, New Homes Brevard County, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – April 01, 2012 – It is becoming clearer day by day that the national economic recovery is gathering momentum, and many of us would say, “It’s about time.” Understand two things please. Number 1: This is NO April Fools joke. Number 2: We at LifeStyle Homes have nothing to complain about. Sales […]

Dramatic Monterey I Design Plan Unveiled

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Melbourne, FL – March 25, 2012 – We think it’s high time to let you in on a great secret. LifeStyle Homes has completed a brand new model home in the exclusive Levanto neighborhood of the new town of Viera, FL. This very special home combines the best ideas we have learned from our many […]

Dreaming of a One-of-a-Kind Custom Home?

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Custom Home Service, Energy Star, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – March 18, 2012 – If you know LifeStyle Homes, you probably know us as builders of cutting edge energy efficient homes that save our customers boatloads (Yes, he meant boatloads) of cash on their energy bills while providing a higher quality of indoor life as well. We build these homes under the […]

March Madness, or is it March Magic?

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Melbourne, FL – March 11, 2012 – All of us at LifeStyle Homes are excited for our friend and leader, Jake Luhn, that his beloved Bonnies, from the St. Bonaventure University men’s basketball team, won the Atlantic 10 Conference championship today and will be goin’ dancin’ next week in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Jake, […]

LifeStyle Homes Energy Efficiency Policy

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Policy, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Town of Viera, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – March 04, 2012 – The buzz has been building for several months now about new and more demanding targets for high performance homes coming from the federal government. There are draft proposals out there, and final decisions are expected at most any time now. At LifeStyle Homes, we are grateful to all […]

LifeStyle Homes at Harmony, Florida – SWEET

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Fun Events for the Family, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL, February 27, 2012 – Truth be told, there are so many residential communities built around golf courses in Florida, they sort of run together. That’s why we are so proud to have been invited to build our remarkable LifeStyle HERS 60 guaranteed energy efficient SunSmart℠ homes and our Net Zero Energy SunSmartPV℠ homes […]

Spend a Moment With OUR TEAM

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – February 19, 2012 – At LifeStyle Homes, we pride ourselves on being all about our customers. We live by the idea that as long as we focus on satisfying them, our needs will be taken care of, both as a company, and as a professional family of individuals. It takes an extraordinary […]

A Better Alternative to Value Engineering

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Florida Trend, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – February 12, 2012 – At LifeStyle Homes, we pride ourselves on building beautiful homes that are extremely efficient; not only in providing significant energy cost savings, but also in providing maximum useable space with minimum waste. Larry Hufford, our founding partner and continuing design guide, is almost rabid about not including any […]

Excellence Will Build Our Bright Future

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Lake Nona Medical City, New Homes Brevard County, Photo Voltaic, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Town of Viera, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – February 05, 2012 – The LifeStyle Homes family is most likely enjoying the Super Bowl right about now; a true presentation of excellence in football. And, Madonna was pretty excellent herself in her halftime show, wasn’t she? All well and good, we say, and let’s hope everyone enjoyed both shows. But truth […]

LifeStyle Excitement Building in Harmony

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Melbourne, FL, January 29, 2012 – It’s getting really close now – the much anticipated completion of the LifeStyle Homes brand new Tustin model home in the new Town of Harmony, FL. Designed by the renowned team at Canin Associates, Architects and Planners, of Orlando, the Tustin will bring cutting edge thinking about enjoyable and […]

We Also Have a Dream at LifeStyle Homes

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Melbourne, FL – January 15, 2012 – This weekend, we at LifeStyle Homes will join in remembering the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of us know Dr. King primarily by the signature phrase of his address delivered on August 28, 1963, to the multitude gathered in front of the Lincoln […]

FLASH! Breaking News on Lightbulb Changes

Posted by & filed under Buying a Home, Energy Policy, Energy Star, Florida Green Building Coalition, Green Building, Harmony Florida new town, Living at Home, New Homes Brevard County, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Uncategorized, Viera New Town, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – Over this past weekend both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the massive spending bill that will prevent government shutdown, with a measure added which would suspend the ban on manufacture of 100 watt incandescent lightbulbs presently slated to take effect January 1, 2012. We first reported on this issue on our LifeStyle Homes Blog […]

LifeStyle Homes: For Net Zero Energy Homes

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Star, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, New Homes Brevard County, SunSmartPV, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – LifeStyle Homes is your source for affordable Net Zero Energy Homes in Brevard County, Florida.  We can say that for sure because no other builder of popularly priced homes in this area has attempted a Net Zero Energy Home. We might not have attempted our first one either, had it not been for the […]

Consumers Say Housing Market to Recover

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Melbourne, FL – In a national survey, an overwhelming 72 percent of people say now is a very good time to buy a home. Bargain pricing on new and used homes and historically low mortgage interest rates are making people anxious to grab their piece of the recovering real estate market before it’s too late. At LifeStyle Homes, […]

We Know What We Are Thankful For!

Posted by & filed under Builder's Joy, Buying a Home, Energy Star, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Florida Green Building Coalition, Green Building, Green Homes, Harmony Florida new town, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Town of Viera, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – We have more to be thankful for at LifeStyle Homes than we could ever mention in a Blog post, but let’s start by saying we are thankful for you. Since you are reading this, you have an interest of some sort in the homes we build and maybe in our company itself. If it […]

Major Lightbulb Changes Coming: Oh My!

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LifeStyle Homes, Melbourne, FL – It seems that effective January 1, 2012, lightbulb manufacturers will no longer be allowed to produce 100 watt incandescent lightbulbs – the number one favorite kind and wattage of lightbulbs consumers have preferred for generations. If we’re correct on this, as soon as stocks of these bulbs run through the distribution chain […]

Recession Spikes Home Energy Costs

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Melbourne, FL – New information from The Economist indicates consumer spending on home energy costs increased the most between 2007 and 2010 of any spending category tracked. Measuring annual real (corrected for inflation) consumer spending per household during the period, spending on household utilities, fuels and public services was up by 22 percent. Next in line for […]

LifeStyle Homes: WOW! We Win Again!

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Melbourne, FL – We interrupt your regularly scheduled Blog to bring you this FLASH BULLETIN. We have just received word that LifeStyle Homes has won the North American Net Zero Energy Production Home of the Year Award from the Net Zero Energy Home Coalition based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We can’t tell you how wonderful this is […]

LifeStyle Homes: A Fourth Helping of Nature's Greens

Posted by & filed under Buying a Home, Energy Efficiency, Florida Green Building Coalition, Florida Solar Energy Center, Green Building, Green Homes, Photo Voltaic, Saving Energy, SunSmart, SunSmartPV, Uncategorized, Water Star.

Melbourne, FL – No, guys, we aren’t offering the greens you eat with pork chops when you’re in the south, although that sounds pretty good right about now. What we’re doing this week is continuing our brief exploration of national programs encouraging home builders to increase the performance of the homes they build in terms of […]

LifeStyle Homes: Third Serving of Alphabet Soup

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Melbourne, FL – This is our third serving of information concerning the efforts being made to bring home building into the rising energy efficiency economy. A lot of hard work is being done by a lot of good people to bring this about, but it has generated a lot of confusing program names and measurement standards as the […]

LifeStyle Homes: Alphabet Soup – Part Two

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Melbourne, FL – It is becoming ever more clear that the new economy in the U.S., when we get a new economy, will be based on clean-renewable-sustainable energy. A lot of work is going on at a feverish pace to get the CRS Energy movement started and remarkable progress has been made already. The media […]

LifeStyle Homes: Badge of Honor

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Melbourne, FL – Every one of the SunSmartSM HERS 60 homes built by LifeStyle Homes, and every one of our remarkable Net Zero Energy HERS 0 SunSmartPVSM homes proudly displays a special badge of honor awarded to it by the U.S. Department of Energy. It is known as an EnergySmart Home Scale placard, and it displays that home’s independently-tested and […]

LifeStyle Homes: Some Excellent Photos for You

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Melbourne, FL – For the last several weeks we have been reporting on LifeStyle Homes winning the Aurora Award for Best Solar Energy Home at the recent Southeast Builders Conference in Orlando. In the best traditions of Ed McMahon, I have been filling time using words to describe what happened at the Award ceremony until some […]

LifeStyle Homes: Coming to Harmony, Florida

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Melbourne, FL – We are immensely happy to announce that LifeStyle Homes has been selected to construct an idea home of innovative design and technology in Harmony, central Florida’s largest Green-Certified master planned community. Located along U.S. Highway 192 near St. Cloud in southeast Osceola County, midway between I-95 in Melbourne and I-4 in Celebration, Harmony is an award-winning, forward-thinking home […]