Lifestyle Homes, Inc. is an official builder partner of the following third party inspections, testing, and verification entities which guarantee our homes will be designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today. Only a select group of the top builders in the country meet the extraordinary levels of excellence and quality specified by these guidelines.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project. This third party verification system is a standardized measurement for designing and building sustainable homes in a process facilitated by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The ENERGY STAR label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today. It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability. It also means that your new home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow. And it means that your home has undergone a better process of inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Your builder has designed a home that includes value-adding energy efficiency features and components, and the best combination of materials and equipment that will work together to deliver better performance. Many of these important features are out of sight—behind walls, in the attic, and under the foundation. But these hidden details can have a huge impact on your experience living in your new home.
ENERGY STAR certified new homes include features like:
A complete Thermal Enclosure System with comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high-performance windows, to deliver improved comfort and lower utility bills.
A high-efficiency Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling System that is designed and installed for optimal performance.
A comprehensive Water Management System to protect roofs, walls, and foundations from moisture damage.
Energy-Efficient Lighting and Appliances to help keep utility bills low, while providing high-quality performance and longevity.
People are increasingly concerned about mold, radon, carbon monoxide, and toxic chemicals in their homes. Poor indoor air quality can lead to eye irritation, headaches, allergies, respiratory problems such as asthma, and other serious health problems. EPA studies show that levels of many indoor air pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. And since most people spend close to 90% of their time indoors, keeping indoor pollution levels as low as possible is the right thing to do for you and your family.
What does it take to earn an Indoor airPLUS label?
Start with ENERGY STAR Every Indoor airPLUS home must first earn the ENERGY STAR Certified Home label, the trusted symbol of energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR certified homes are between 15% and 30% more energy efficient than code-built homes.
Add indoor air quality improvements Additional home design and construction features are included in the Indoor airPLUS label to help protect homes from airborne contaminants. These features stop air pollutants at the source and properly seal and ventilate the home.
Finish with independent verification The home’s energy performance and key indoor air quality features are verified by an independent third-party inspector to ensure that the builder has met all of EPA’s rigorous guidelines for energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a new and compelling way to recognize builders for their leadership in increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor air quality, and making homes zero energy ready.
The program builds upon the comprehensive building science requirements of ENERGY STAR® for Homes Version 3, along with proven Building America innovations and best practices. Other special attribute programs are incorporated to help builders reach unparalleled levels of performance with homes designed to last hundreds of years.
Only a select group of the top builders in the country meet the extraordinary levels of excellence and quality specified by U.S. Department of Energy guidelines. A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a high performance home which is so energy efficient, that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption.
Since 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Builders Challenge program has recognized hundreds of leading builders for their achievements in energy efficiency—resulting in over 14,000 energy efficient homes and millions of dollars in energy savings. The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home—formerly DOE Challenge Home—represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.
From design conception through the final stages of construction, a comprehensive project team works collaboratively to ensure that the project achieves critical measures in the core areas of sustainable site development, innovation & design, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, location & linkages, client education, and indoor environmental quality.
Choosing a home is an investment in the future—not just yours, but the planet’s too. That’s why builders across the country are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Water- Sense® program to offer homes that save you water—inside and out. And while you’re at it, you’ll save energy, reduce utility bills, and benefit from products that have been tested and certified for performance.
WaterSense labeled homes not only feature quality products and workmanship, they are designed to use 20 percent less water than the average new home. Living in a single- or multi-family home that has earned the Wa¬terSense label allows you to do more using less water and feel good about preserving water for future generations.
Homes that earn the WaterSense label feature WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures, efficient hot water delivery, smart landscape design, and many other features to ensure that the home will save water for years to come. When compared to a traditional home, a WaterSense labeled new home can help a family of four save 50,000 gallons of water per year—that’s the equivalent of the water used to wash 2,000 loads of laundry – and as much as $600 per year on utility costs.