The Creation of LifeStyle SunSmart
In early 2010, LifeStyle Homes was the first builder in Brevard County and the 41st builder in the nation to complete the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Builders’ Challenge” program – a program that urged home builders across America to raise the bar of quality, durability, healthfulness and energy efficiency in all new homes.
The completion of this program, in conjunction with guidance offered by the world-class scientists at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), led to the development of the LifeStyle SunSmart energy initiative – a new method of building that reinforced LifeStyle’s commitment to do what’s right.
In its most simplistic sense, LifeStyle SunSmart represents the company’s promise to build smarter, cleaner, and more efficient homes. From this point on, all new homes built by LifeStyle Homes were guaranteed to meet at least a HERS 60 certification rating. Meaning, all new homes built by LifeStyle Homes produced 40% energy cost savings when compared to conventional homes.
While the company’s new building standards no doubt carried numerous benefits, in true LifeStyle fashion, the team wanted to do more … and so they did.
The first solar-powered home on Florida’s East Coast
The Introduction of Solar-Powered Homes
On August 12, 2010, LifeStyle proudly announced the completion of its first solar-powered home using photovoltaic technology. The construction of this home marked the first solar-powered zero-energy home on Florida’s East Coast, as well as LifeStyle’s promise to be an active participant in the world’s clean-energy revolution.
From directly helping its customers live a better life at a lower cost, to indirectly helping the country gain freedom from the tyranny of oil and providing our planet relief from excessive greenhouse gas emissions, LifeStyle Homes embraced solar power because, from every angle, it’s the right thing to do.
This home, the St. Croix model in Capron Ridge, Tralee Bay Estates went on to win numerous awards, including the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA)’s Aurora Award for the best solar-energy home, which was presented to LifeStyle at the 2011 Southeast Builders Conference; as well as the North American Net Zero Energy Production Home of the Year, which was awarded by the Net Zero Energy Home Coalition in Canada.
ABC’s “EXTREME MAKEOVER: Home Edition”
In early 2011, LifeStyle’s efforts garnered national attention. ABC’s “EXTREME MAKEOVER: Home Edition” contacted LifeStyle Homes to build a home for the Hurston family of Cocoa – a family dedicated to humanitarian service in Haiti. With enormous support from the community, the team at LifeStyle Homes successfully led the build of the show’s first solar-powered “extreme” home in 155 hours.
More achievements followed. Because of LifeStyle’s dedication to clean energy, like-minded forward-thinking developers welcomed LifeStyle Homes into their communities.