Each and every home we build comes complete with the LifeStyle SunSmart building package. This building package allows our homes to be at least 70% more energy-efficient than typical used homes, and at least 40% more energy-efficient than typical new homes.

In its most simplistic sense, LifeStyle SunSmart is a method of building that reinforces our commitment to do what’s right. It represents our promise to build smarter, cleaner, energy-efficient homes.

Not only does building LifeStyle SunSmart save you money, but it also provides a higher-quality living environment for you and your family.

LifeStyle SunSmart℠ helps to:

  • Conserve your money. A 40% more energy-efficient home means you can expect 40% savings on energy bills.
  • Improve your life. High indoor air quality is included with each LifeStyle SunSmart℠ home.
  • Save our planet. Each LifeStyle SunSmart℠ home cuts down on the need to burn more of the fossil fuels that cause the release of the noxious greenhouse gasses.

The clean-energy revolution is upon us, and today, especially in Florida, more and more homes are powered by the sun. While we’re happy to build you a solar-powered home today, we understand that you may not be ready to make the investment in a complete solar system just yet. Rest assured, though, that because LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes are built to such tight energy-efficiency standards, each one can easily evolve into a zero-energy home with ease. In other words, your LifeStyle SunSmart℠ home will be built as a “zero-energy ready” home. So, just as soon as you’re ready to make the solar leap, your home will be too!

Building LifeStyle SunSmart℠ is not only good for your wallet, it’s also good for your family’s health. Each home includes a sophisticated heating and cooling system that offers superior indoor air quality.

Beyond health benefits, LifeStyle SunSmart℠ is also good for our planet. Because each LifeStyle SunSmart℠ home consumes at least 40% percent less electrical power than typical new homes, your home benefits the environment by cutting down on the need to burn fossil fuels, thus providing our planet relief from noxious greenhouse gas emissions.

Not to mention, burning less fossil fuels makes the air we breathe cleaner.

In order to pass the stringent energy-efficiency inspections that each LifeStyle SunSmart℠ home undergoes, each home must adhere to tighter tolerances, closer fits and better-sealed wall penetrations. Simply put, the pursuit of energy-efficient homes requires our homes to be built with stiffer construction quality standards than are acceptable in conventional code-built homes.

A lot of thought, effort, and expertise has been devoted to finding the exact right combination of equipment, materials, and building techniques to produce maximum-performance gains for LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes. There is no payback waiting period when it comes to LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes. You get a superior home performance and the accompanying energy bills savings from day one. LifeStyle SunSmart℠ standards represent true state-of-the-art delivery of reliable technologies to save energy, increase comfort, and improve indoor air quality.

Please note that this list of LifeStyle SunSmart℠ features is ever-evolving as advances in technology are made. For a more in-depth look at the LifeStyle SunSmart℠ features, we invite you to surf on over to our interactive LifeStyle SunSmart℠ cutaway tool.

  • Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater. This system represents a new advancement in water-heating technology. The hybrid heat pump water heater is approximately 60% percent more efficient than a standard electric water heater. The hybrid system has a conventional electric storage heater paired with a heat pump. Instead of generating heat directly, a hybrid heat pump water heater will absorb heat and transfer heat from the air to help heat the water.
  • High-performance 16 SEER/HSPF 8.5 HVAC. Heat pump HVAC units are inherently more efficient than conventional air conditioners, because they run the cooling cycle in reverse when heat is needed. This minimizes the use of inefficient glowing heat coils. The heat pump in your LifeStyle SunSmart℠ home will still include a heat coil, though, to keep you warm during the few really cold nights that occasionally occur in Central Florida. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a measure of a heat pump’s cooling efficiency. The higher the SEER number, the more cooling produced per unit of electricity used. The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) rating works just like the SEER rating, except it measures how efficiently an HVAC unit produces heat.
  • Pressure-tested, certified-tight air ducts. Oftentimes, cooled air is blasted into the attics of homes through leaks in the duct systems. LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes use better-quality joining products and workmanship to ensure this doesn’t happen. Better yet, the air tightness of duct work of each LifeStyle SunSmart home is inspected and certified by third-party energy raters.
  • Air handler mounted in conditioned space. If you can see your air-conditioning unit in your garage, it is working extra hard because of the super-hot air surrounding it. How much more sense does it make to place this unit in a air-conditioned space?
  • Energy Star® Double-Pane Low-Emissivity (Low-E) White Vinyl Windows & Energy Star® High-Performance MI 600 Series Double-Pane Low-E Sliding-Glass Doors. These super high-quality windows and sliding-glass doors feature a vacuum-sealed interior space that minimizes radiant and convective heat transfer between the indoors and outdoors. This feature will save you money each month on heating and cooling costs. These windows and doors also employ specially coated glass to minimize the invisible heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays admitted to your home without reducing natural light. This limits the destructive, color-fading effects of UV radiation.
  • Extra-thick R-38 ceiling insulation with retainer fence. LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes feature R-38 ceiling insulation, providing twice the protection of R-19 against unwanted heat transfer from super-heated attic spaces into your home’s interior living areas.
  • R-38 insulation in walls adjacent to attic. We carefully insulate all walls adjacent to attic spaces, as well as complex surfaces like knee walls, using R-38 batt insulation where necessary to avoid even small gaps that can allow excessive heat transfer to occur.
  • Double-furred, R-7.1 interior wall insulation. Adding a second furring strip between the outer surface of your home’s drywall and the inner surface of adjacent concrete blocks doubles the volume of air trapped in the space between. This dead air is a very efficient insulator all by itself. Taking this extra step is a simple and very cost-effective measure to improve not only the energy-efficiency of your home, but its comfort level as well.
  • Radiant heat barrier under shingle roofs. In LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes that feature shingle roofs, we install a radiant heat barrier under the roof decking. This shiny reflective foil intercepts much of the sun’s intense heat radiation, preventing it from heating up the air in your attic, and thus making your air-conditioning system more efficient. This radiant barrier is not needed for tile roofs because tile mounting already offers extra heat protection.
  • Peel-and-stick roof underlayment. LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes maximize 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.
  • ZIP® System Exterior Sheathing. The ZIP® System is a revolutionary sheathing system designed to enhance structural durability, keep moisture out, and reduce air leakage. LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes are now built with ZIP® System 7/16″ exterior wall sheathing with tape. Homes with a tile or metal roof also include ZIP® System roof sheathing for an added layer of protection against water intrusion.
  • Deluxe EnergyStar®-certified appliances. The appliances in your home account for about 20% of your total energy use. EnergyStar® appliances have been certified to use less energy and produce less heat while providing performance on par with non-Energy Star® appliances. This means you save money without sacrificing performance or convenience.
  • 80 CFM Hi-Flo exterior-vented kitchen and bath fans. One of the best ways to improve indoor air quality is to get rid of stale, odor-ridden and over-humidified air by including kitchen and bath fans that actually move air outside of your home. These fans will remove excess kitchen and bathroom humidity before it can spread throughout your home, allowing you to feel more comfortable while inside your home.
  • Efficient high-ambiance LED lighting. LED lighting is now standard in all recessed cans and bathroom vanities. This lighting technology is the most energy-efficient on the market today. LEDs give off less heat and only emit light in one direction, reducing energy waste by as much as 75% when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. LEDs are also are cool to the touch, and have a lifespan of 30,000-50,000 hours.
  • Superior sealing of all wall and ceiling penetrations for leak and pest control. LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes provide a better seal between window and door frames and the surrounding concrete blocks of exterior walls. As an important side benefit, the system used to provide that better seal also significantly strengthens those joints – an important consideration for your safety in high wind conditions.
  • Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat. LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes are equipped with a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat for optimal convenience. Cooling or heating settings can be adjusted using a smartphone from anywhere in the world.
  • TiO® home automation system. Lighting, music, security, and more can be controlled using your home’s TiO home automation system. The TiO app allows for control of these home elements using a smartphone from anywhere in the world. All LifeStyle SunSmart℠ homes include control of four light switches/dimmers, HVAC thermostat, and audio in one room.

*Updated 11/18/2019