Kaye Lifestyle Homes Expands with New High-Performance Solar Homes Division

Kaye Lifestyle Homes (KLH), one of Southwest Florida’s largest and most recognized family home builders, today announced the expansion of a new division of high-performance solar homes to meet the growing demands of homebuyers for innovative building practices that address energy efficiency, durability and sustainability in the construction of new homes.

“High performance building is one of the top three energy trends in residential construction today. explains Ben Kaye, KLH’s Director of Operations, recently appointed to lead the new buildings division. “It’s a form of green building, but focused on energy performance,” he adds. One of the biggest benefits of building to high performance standards is the built-in resilience and durability that comes with a tightly sealed, well-insulated home. Factors such as the choice of a basic house shape, roof assembly, and types of materials used all play a role in reducing costs and increasing energy efficiency.

“Our goal is to first create a well-insulated, well-sealed home envelope, ensuring that the indoor air quality in our client’s home is clean and humidity is controlled,” Kaye explains. The process includes building with moisture-control materials, adding a vented dehumidifier, using sealed drywall, and applying continuous insulation to reduce energy loss from leaks. air and thermal bridges.

“Our second goal is to offer high-efficiency appliances, fixtures, finishes, and heating and cooling systems that reduce energy consumption in a beautiful new home that is safe, healthy, and designed to last for generations,” he adds, noting that all high-performance homes follow strict guidelines from the design phase through the entire construction process.

Key elements of KLH High Performance Residential Construction include:

1. Extra thick Foamular® insulation applied to all concrete block walls and foundations

2. Premium quality R-38 BATT insulated air conditioning ductwork acts as a secondary ceiling to bring the ductwork next to the conditioned space and effectively seal the house envelope. Additional insulation is applied to the ceiling and in the attic where most of the heat and energy escapes.

3. High efficiency heating and cooling systems – lower tonnage usage results in lower energy consumption

4. Hybrid heat pump/water heater – to offset the energy consumption of a water heater (one of the biggest electricity consumers in a home), a heat pump installation extracts heat from the air then uses the energy to efficiently heat water and help reduce energy usage by up to 30%.

5. Low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) Windows – double glazed 185 aluminum single hung windows are specially manufactured to reduce heat and energy consumption

6. Quality indoor air ventilation systems – extra thick HEPA and UVA filters plus a fully vented home dehumidifier that reduces humidity and circulates filtered air, effectively doubles as a home ventilation system secondary

7. Energy Star® Appliances, LED Lighting, Smart Thermostats, and Low-Flow Water Faucets

Solar panels

KLH is one of the few builders in Southwest Florida to offer durable and environmentally friendly solar panels. A high-performance built home uses less energy (in many cases energy consumption has been reduced by 50%), so fewer solar panels are needed to certify the home as Net-Zero – the balance between power a home needs and the renewable energy a homeowner can generate to meet their needs. Adding solar power to a home helps reduce energy costs, helps the environment, and can potentially increase the value of a home. According to real estate appraisal firm Zillow, last year homes with solar power systems sold 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median value home, these savings translate to an additional $9,274. An added incentive for solar power is a 26% federal tax credit.

Founded in 1985 by Stuart and Jay Kaye, Kaye Lifestyle Homes (KLH) is one of the largest and most recognized family home builders in Naples, Florida, and has built over 4,000 quality homes over the past its 35 years of history. KLH services include luxury custom home construction, 11 Signature and Designer Series home designs ranging from 1,127 to 3,500 square feet of living space in three and four bedroom configurations, home renovations, a collection of residential sites and home financing options. KLH home designs range in price from $300 to over $5 million. Learn more about KLH by calling (239) 434-5293, online at kayelifestylehomes.com or visit the KLH Discovery Center at 910 39th Street SW (southeast corner of Collier Blvd. and Pine Ridge Road in Naples), daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. .

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