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David Shacter Discusses Solar Homes On First Coast News

Solar Powered Net-Zero Energy Homes Gaining Popularity In Jacksonville

First Coast News Net-Zero Energy Solar Powered Homes TerraWise StorySolar Power continues to top the news around the Sunshine State and particularly in Jacksonville.  Recently a company that produces solar panels announced intent to relocate here and bring 800 jobs.

TerraWise Homes has been at the forefront of Solar Powered Net-Zero Energy Homes and has built the majority of those currently in Jacksonville.  CEO David Shacter is a noted leader in the field and was recently interviewed on First Coast News about this trend setting concept in new homes.

Thanks to TerraWise Net-Zero Energy homeowner Margaret Conner for sharing her experience in the story and to reporter Julia Jenae for sharing the good news about our energy efficient solar powered homes.

Watch the interview on and then visit one of our model homes to learn more about Net-Zero Energy Homes and the TerraWise Difference.

Team Celebrates Springfield With Signature Beer at Hyperion

Terra-Weisse Beer On Tap For Limited Time At Hyperion Brewery

TerraWise Team Taps Terra-Weisse Hyperion Brewery BeerTerraWise Homes celebrated a record year for sales of homes in Springfield with the tapping of a signature beer brewed at the local Hyperion Brewery in the historic Jacksonville neighborhood. The TerraWise team worked with the brew master at Hyperion to develop the signature limited edition Terra-Weisse. They gathered on December 5 at the brewery at 1740 North Main Street for the initial private sampling before the brew goes public.

“It has been a great year for Springfield with the opening of new businesses, including Hyperion, along Main Street and I believe we have helped to drive the growth of services by bringing more new families to the neighborhood,” said Melody Shacter, TerraWise Homes’ President. “We are delighted the team at Hyperion is helping us to celebrate mutual success with our very own Terra-Weisse beer.”

Jac Shacter is the TerraWise Sales Consultant for Springfield and led the effort for the company with Hyperion. He said the beer is a classic Weisse that is typically blended with syrup as it is poured. He and others on the TerraWise team participated in the crafting process and selection of the accompanying syrup flavors, which include Honey, Kiwi and Pineapple/Chipotle.

Terra-Weisse Beer Three Flavors at Hyperion Brewery TerraWise Homes
TerraWise Terra-Weisse Beer Hyperion BreweryMenu

The Terra-Weisse beer will be officially released to the public at Hyperion on December 8 to coincide with the annual Springfield Holiday Home Tour, which TerraWise Homes is one of the primary event sponsors.

TerraWise Homes has been leading the revival of new homes in historic Springfield since 2013. During that time, they have built several homes bringing forward the latest energy efficient net-zero energy technology while maintaining the character of the neighborhood by designing homes that blend perfectly with the historic architecture. The family-owned home building company is also headquartered in Springfield and is active with SPAR and other local community organizations there.

Net-Zero Energy Homeowner Video Interview

TerraWise Owner Andrew Alvis Net-Zero Energy Video

Alvis Net-Zero Energy Video Interview Thmn TerraWise HomesTerraWise Home’s CEO David Shacter recently caught up with one of his homeowners in Springfield for an interview.

Andrew Alvis shares his story about making the decision to go net-zero with a PV Solar package on his home.  Watch this short video to hear insights from Andrew and see one of his recent electric bills.

He is experiencing amazing savings in his TerraWise Home.

See more videos about energy efficiency and solar powered homes on the TerraWise YouTube Channel.

Solar Powered Net-Zero Energy Homes Video

TerraWise CEO David Shacter Solar Powered Net-Zero Energy Homes Video

Video Thmbn TerraWise Solar Net Zero Home VideoTerraWise Homes is Jacksonville’s only dedicated Net-Zero Energy home builder. Company founder David Shacter has been on the forefront of the concept from the beginning. Learn how TerraWise takes energy efficient design to the next level by adding solar power to achieve net-zero homes that generate as much electricity as they use.

The already highly energy efficient TerraWise Home design allows for greater overall efficiency reducing the amount of solar power coverage needed. TerraWise works with Clear Sky Solar to install state-of-the-art PV Solar Systems. This combination results in savings across the board for TerraWise homeowners, from initial investment through years of monthly savings on energy bills over the life of the solar system.

Watch the short video with David and Luke Gillam of Clear Sky to learn more about Solar Powered Net-Zero Energy Homes.

Hurricane Irma Aftermath




Energy Efficient Home Design Video

TerraWise Energy Efficient Home Design Video

Energy Efficient Home Design Video Thumbn TerraWiseHomesTerraWise Homes’ David Shacter takes you inside and behind the walls of a home under construction for a primer on the latest energy efficient home design techniques.

David makes it fun and informative in this “Builder 101” video to help home buyers understand what makes a truly energy efficient home.  And why TerraWise homes have HERS Scores significantly lower than the standard builder offerings.

Watch it now and check the TerraWise YouTube Channel for other videos.

Meet Home Buyers The Stevens Video Interview

Video Interview: TerraWise Buyers The Stevens Discuss “Butterfly” Home

Stevens Resident Testimonial Video Thmbn TerraWise HomesTerraWise Homes residents Eric and Heather Stevens share their story about discovering the Mid-Century Modern designs TerraWise Homes has revived in Cedarbook.

Learn why they chose the innovative Satilla Modern home with its unique “butterfly” roof design.  They also discuss the decision to go solar for a full Net-Zero Energy home.  The video includes drone footage of the roof and interiors of the amazing home.

Watch it now and see more videos on the TerraWise YouTube Channel.

Construction Unearths Family History in Historic Springfield

Crew Installing Irrigation Finds Buried Gravestone

Springfield Historic Gravestone Found by TerraWise HomesTerraWise Homes has been leading the revival of new homes in historic Springfield since 2013. During that time, they have built several homes bringing forward the latest energy efficient net-zero energy technology while maintaining the character of the neighborhood by designing homes that blend perfectly with the historic architecture. Recently, they went from creating new family histories to turning up a chapter of forgotten history for one of Springfield’s early families.

According to company president Melody Shacter, a new irrigation system was being installed at the TerraWise Homes’ model at 1221 North Liberty Street when the crew uncovered an old gravestone of Martha H. Troeger. Shacter contacted the Springfield Improvement Association and Archives and their historian Jeff Gardner researched the family.

Troeger is actually buried in the Evergreen Cemetery.   She was a nursing student and nearly 26 when she died in 1925. Gardner is attempting to determine why Martha’s family had two headstones made for her, and why one came to rest at this location; however, the property where the TerraWise model is located was originally her parent’s home. Gardner’s research led to a few of Troeger’s relatives and he took the lead in trying to make contact. He was finally successful in early June.

“I made three calls to people I had determined were relatives of our Martha H. Troeger,” said Gardner. “I was able to connect with one of them, Frederica Mathewes-Green, who lives in Baltimore. Her grandmother, Esther Viola Troeger Oetjen, was Martha’s sister. She is very excited about the find and wishes to acquire the gravestone on behalf of her family. She also has a sister who lives in Jacksonville, so this will likely be its next, final resting place.”

Gardner, along with Melody and David Shacter, made a presentation of the gravestone to the heirs on Saturday, June 17 at the TerraWise Homes model.

“Between completed homes and those currently under construction there are now over 30 TerraWise Homes in Springfield,” said Shacter. “Our office is also here on Main Street and we are proud to be a part of the revival of this great neighborhood and now to play a small part in the preservation of its storied history.”

Cedarbrook 2017 Sales Special

Free Appliance Packages At Cedarbrook

GE Energy Star Refrigerator TerraWise HomesTerraWise Homes is kicking off the 2017 Fall Season with a special offer at Cedarbrook in Oceanway.

Be one of the first TerraWise Homes buyers at Cedarbrook and receive a free energy efficient GE appliance package.  Savings available up to $2,700 on sales contracts written after August 31, 2017.

Download the flyer for complete details.  Then visit the Cedarbrook Model and Sales Center to learn more about the amazing lineup of homes available with prices starting in the low $200s.

With a TerraWise Home the savings continue for a lifetime with lower energy bills thanks to Jacksonville’s most energy efficient design.

WJCT Lunch & Learn Program

TerraWise Homes Featured At WJCT Lunch & Learn

WJCT Lunch & Learn TerraWise HomesDon’t miss the May 24, 2017 Lunch & Learn at WJCT Studios featuring TerraWise Homes.  David and Melody Shacter will present Trends in New Home Design: From Energy Efficient to Net-Zero Energy Homes.

The popular informational series at the studios in Jacksonville is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required though and space is very limited.  There are only a few seats left at this time.

Come enjoy lunch in the beautiful WJCT Studios, meet David and Melody Shacter and learn about the latest trends in new home design, energy efficient construction, green building, solar power and much more.  It’s a fun way to spend your lunch hour and learn.

Learn more here and reserve your seat today.

The Satilla Butterfly Revival

David Shacter TerraWise Homes

David Shacter

Re-Introducing A Classic Butterfly Roof Design

Last year, we added a “Butterfly” roof design as an option on a few of our home offerings. Two buyers immediately were enamored with the exterior appearance and the interior room sloping heights. These homes are now complete and causing excitement at our Cedarbrook community.

Satilla Butterfly Roof Front TerraWise Homes
Satilla Butterfly Roof Side View TerraWise Homes
Satilla Butterfly Roof View TerraWise Homes

The butterfly roof has existed in this country for several decades although it’s hard to find any examples in our area. Melody and I thought it would be distinctive to offer it as an option.  Our first one completed is a Satilla Modern for buyers in Cedarbrook.

A “butterfly roof” is essentially a roof formed from an inversion of a standard sloped design. The two roof surfaces slope down from opposing edges to a valley in the center. It resembles the raised wings of a butterfly and therefore is usually referred to as a butterfly roof, although alternate names have included a ”V roof” and a “London Roof” according to Wikipedia.

Many observers of housing design in this country credit the butterfly roof to be the creation of William Krisel and Dan Palmer in Palm Springs, California during the late 1950s. Beginning in 1957, these two partners created nearly 2,000 houses in a series of developments known as the Alexander Tract. Historian Alan Hess describes their work as “the largest Modernist housing subdivision in the United States.” But Krisel is quick to point out that he was not the originator of this form.

Wikipedia research further shows that Butterfly Roofs have historic beginnings, at least dating back to the great French architect, Le Corbusier, who first used this structure in his design of a vacation home in Chile called Maison Errazuriz in 1930. Shortly after, in 1933, the Czech-born architect used this same form on a house in Japan featured in Architectural Record magazine in 1934. The celebrated German-born architect, Marcel Breuer, used this same form on his Geller House in Long Island, New York in 1945.

So, the Butterfly roof is not new, but it is certainly creating a lot of new excitement in one Jacksonville community. Stop by the Cedarbrook model and join one of our team for a tour of the community to see these cool new retro home designs.


New Retail Coming To Springfield

New Coffee Shop and Miro Brews Opening On N. Main

Social Grounds Springfield Rendering

Artist Rendering of Social Grounds

The Florida Times Union reports today on several new establishments opening soon on North Main Street in Springfield.  Great news for all our TerraWise Homes customers and everyone that lives in Jacksonville’s great historic neighborhood.  Here’s what the FTU says is on tap:

Social Grounds coffee shop is expected to open in April at 1712 N. Main Street.

Hyperion Brewing Company is opening just a few storefronts away.

One block south, Main and Six Brewing Company is in the process of being built out.

Read the full story on and watch for more updates here on the TerraWise Homes’ Blog.