HEALTHSMART





LifeStyle HealthSmart is a brand-new health-centric program initiated by LifeStyle Homes in response to COVID-19. The pandemic quickly and drastically changed the world, forcing all of us to take a closer look at the role clean indoor air plays on long-term health.

With a better understanding and sharper focus on the importance of indoor air quality, LifeStyle Homes launched HealthSmart in October 2020 to markedly improve the homes we build. LifeStyle HealthSmart homes include an array of building products and practices that help stop the formation of mold and mildew, as well as keep other indoor pollutants at bay.

LifeStyle HealthSmart represents a healthy addition to our longstanding SunSmart program, which bolsters energy efficiency and structural durability. Together, these two programs provide LifeStyle homeowners superior levels of quality, comfort, and cost savings.

Each of the features included in LifeStyle HealthSmart are intended to promote clean air inside the homes we build. Whether it’s by inhibiting the growth of mold and mildew, or by blocking dust and debris from making its way indoors, we take many, many conscientious measures to keep your family healthy and comfortable inside your LifeStyle home.

Paints with ZERO volatile organic compounds (VOCs); hard surface flooring in all main living areas to help eliminate the entrapment of dust, pet dander, and food spills; as well as low-emission carpets with anti-microbial agents, are all included in your LifeStyle HealthSmart home. These health-focused interior finishes help ward off many hazards.

Your LifeStyle HealthSmart home will be built using several superior construction techniques designed to protect against water intrusion that can eventually lead to mold and mildew. Most notably, your home will be built with a peel-and-stick roof underlayment that guards against wind-driven rain. As another level of protection, it will also include ZIP System® roofing sheathing which achieves optimal levels of permeability and drainage.

Here is a comprehensive look at all the features and building practices included with your LifeStyle HealthSmart home.

  • Air-purifying MERV 11 filter with UV light. A MERV filter is a highly efficient fine HVAC filter that essentially captures, dilutes, and removes virus-containing particles from the air. The higher the MERV rating, the greater number of particles it captures. A germicidal UV light—which kills unwanted airborne microorganisms—is paired with the MERV 11 filter to add another line of air purification to your home.
  • Humidity-sensing fresh air control. A humidity-sensing fresh air control uses a sensor to continually monitor the amount of relative humidity inside your home, as well as outdoor temperatures. When necessary, it provides fresh-air ventilation by introducing controlled amounts of fresh outdoor air into your home. On muggy Florida days, it reduces ventilation, preventing the intake of humid outdoor air, thus keeping you and your family comfortable inside your home, as well as reducing the chance of moisture making its way indoors.
  • Humidity-sensing fans in all bathrooms and laundry Room. Removing moisture from wet rooms is of utmost importance. Not only can lingering moisture from a hot shower, for example, cause cosmetic defects, like peeling paint, it can also lead to mold and mildew. Humidity-sensing exhaust fans effectively eliminate this problem by automatically detecting and removing excess moisture in the air. Your LifeStyle home will have humidity-sensing fans in all bathrooms and the laundry room. In addition, your laundry room’s clothes dryer will be vented to the outdoors.
  • Duct systems protected from construction debris. It is no surprise that dust and debris is a common occurrence during the construction process. LifeStyle Homes goes the extra mile by sealing all ductwork during construction to greatly minimize the ability for dust and debris to ultimately make its way into your lungs through your air-conditioning system.
  • New HVAC filters installed and ventilation before occupancy. Before you take ownership of your LifeStyle home, your superintendent will ensure that your HVAC system is optimally performing with superior filtration by installing new, clean air filters, as well as properly ventilating your home before you take ownership.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, dangerous, and poisonous gas that can be emitted from appliances such as gas stoves, gas dryers, fireplaces, and more. Carbon monoxide can be undetectable without an alarm, which is why CO detectors are vital to your family’s health and safety.
  • Premium-sealed wall and ceiling penetrations / premium-sealed air ducts. Your LifeStyle home provides better seals where they’re needed most—window and door frames and the surrounding concrete blocks of exterior walls. In addition, your LifeStyle home is built with better-quality joining products and workmanship to seal your air ducts. As a result, your home is better guarded against pests, dust, pollen, and moisture.
  • Peel-and-stick roof underlayment. Your LifeStyle home offers maximum protection from severe weather using a peel-and-stick roof underlayment. This self-adhesive barrier represents a huge advancement in roofing systems—especially in Central Florida—as it guards against interior water intrusion from wind-driven rain.
  • Huber® ZIP System® exterior sheathing. The ZIP System® is an all-in-one revolutionary sheathing system designed to enhance structural durability, keep moisture out, and reduce air leakage. Your LifeStyle home will be built with ZIP System® 7/16” exterior wall sheathing with tape, as well as ZIP System® roof sheathing. As ZIP System® products achieve optimal levels of permeability and drainage, your home will be better protected against water intrusion. (See LifeStyle SunSmart features for energy-efficient benefits of ZIP System® exterior sheathing.)
  • Profoam™ R-24 open-cell spray foam. Spray foam has emerged as a highly superior and extremely effective insulator in recent years. This insulation technique creates an air-tight seal to help drastically improve the energy-efficiency and the year-round comfort of your home. LifeStyle Homes uses R-24 open-cell spray foam to create a protective bubble around your home’s living areas. In addition to being a superior insulator, it has the added perks of reducing noise, as well as blocking dust, pollen, and other airborne pollutants for a cleaner, more comfortable environment. LifeStyle Homes has chosen environmentally friendly Profoam™ open-cell spray foam which contains renewable agricultural products, as well as no ozone-depleting chemicals. It is also formulated with an anti-microbial ingredient inhibiting mold and mildew growth. (See LifeStyle SunSmart features for energy-efficient benefits of open-cell spray foam.)
  • Zero VOC paints. LifeStyle Homes is committed to only using paints with ZERO volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Judging by the smell, it is no surprise that paint releases chemicals that are harmful to your health when inhaled. Zero VOC paints are inherently less toxic. LifeStyle’s Executive Level homes are painted with Sherwin Williams’ Zero VOC ProMar 400. Our Signature Level homes are painted with Sherwin Williams® Harmony, which has the added benefits of improving indoor air quality and reducing common indoor odors. Harmony also has anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface.
  • Hard-surface flooring in main living areas. All LifeStyle homes are built with hard-surface flooring in the main living areas, eliminating the entrapment of dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, food and drink spills—a common problem with carpets. This makes these areas much easier to clean to eliminate these health hazards from your home.
  • Low-emission carpets with Microban® technology. If your LifeStyle home has carpet, it is protected for its useful life against the growth of microbes with Microban® technology. Microban® makes microorganisms unable to function, grow, or reproduce. It kills most common types of bacteria—including eColi, MSRA, and Staph—as well as mold and mildew. Even better? It does not wear off or wash away.
  • Rodent and pests—seals and spray. LifeStyle Homes takes precautions to protect your home from rodents and pests, and the diseases and other health hazards they present. All openings that cannot be fully sealed will be protected with caulking or screening where necessary. LifeStyle Homes will also perform pestcontrol treatment before your move-in day.
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