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Melody Shacter Voted Small Business Leader

Jax Chamber Arlington Council Small Business Leader

Melody Shacter Video Interview Thmbn TerraWise HomesTerraWise Homes President Melody Shacter has been voted 2017 Small Business Leader of the Year for the Jax Chamber Arlington Council.

The Chamber’s prestigious Small Business Leader awards recognize one member from each of its 12 councils.  It’s a highly coveted honor for local small businesses.  Members must meet minimum qualifications to be eligible including:

-Be a member of the JAX Chamber in good standing
-Be an owner, partner or shareholder of at least 25 percent of the business
-Be active in the day-to-day management of the company
-Be established locally in the same business for at least three years
-Demonstrate professional business acumen and leadership
-Have gross revenues of less than 5 million dollars per year for the previous three years

Recipients nominated are selected by the Small Business Leaders from the previous year.  One council member is awarded the overall award at the Chambers 2017 Annual Meeting in January.

Congratulations to Melody!  Watch a short video interview to learn more about her and TerraWise Homes.

Cedarbook Phase II Homesites Released

Sites Now Available For Sale

Cedarbrook Phase II Site Plan TerraWise HomesTerrawise Homes has opened its Cedarbrook Phase II homesites for sale.

These 15 new homesites are some of the best in the entire master planned community. The majority of the sites are on a cul de sac and feature preserve and pond views. They are also adjacent to the future community park and amenity center.

TerraWise Homes’ President Melody Shacter says she and the team at Cedarbrook are very excited to open these Phase II homesites for sale.

“Interest has been building for a while now on the second phase at Cedarbrook as the available homesites in the first phase are limited,” said Melody. “We are accepting purchase agreements for homes on these lots and sales are already pending.”

She said plans are also moving forward for the community park and recreational amenity, which will be located in the second phase. More information will be announced soon here on the blog.

Click here for a closer view of the new homesites.  To learn more about the TerraWise Homes Phase II homesites and home plans contact us or visit the St. Johns model sales center open daily at Cedarbrook.

Paul Kosmowsky Video On Buying & Living In Springfield

Kosmowsky Video Thumnail TerraWisePaul Kosmowsky is a young professional working in the downtown Jacksonville area.  He wanted a home in the area and looked at several neighborhoods.  Find out how he discovered TerraWise Homes and why he chose to live in historic Springfield in an energy-efficient new home.

Watch the video now.  Then, check out the TerraWise YouTube Channel to see more videos and interviews.

Oceanway TerraWise Buyers The Johnsons Video Interview

Video Thumbnail Johnson Interview TerraWise HomesConnie Johnson, her daughter and her mother will be moving into a new TerraWise Home in Oceanway.  The multi-generational family was looking for a home that would accommodate the space needs of three generations.  Find out why they chose TerraWise to build their new energy-efficient home in this short video interview.

Connie and Connie share why they love the Oceanway area and their story of working with company founder David Shacter to create the perfect floor plan to meet their needs.

Watch their video interview.  Then check out the TerraWise YouTube Channel to see more videos.

Meet Melody Shacter TerraWise President In Short Video

Melody Shacter Video Interview Thmbn TerraWise HomesMelody Shacter, TerraWise Homes President, shares insights and vision of bringing Net-Zero Energy Homes to Northeast, Florida in this short video interview.

She and husband David Shacter, company chairman, have been local builders since the 1980s with hundreds of homes and happy customers across the First Coast.  It’s hard not to share her passion as Melody discusses why they started TerraWise with the goal of building the most energy efficient homes possible.

Watch the video to learn more about Net-Zero Energy and where she sees the company going now and in the future.  See more videos and customer testimonials on the TerraWise YouTube Channel.

Net Zero Energy Home Video Shows Energy Saving Home Design

Net-Zero Energy Home Video ThumbnailIn this video TerraWise Homes’ Founder David Shacter goes deep into the design behind his trend setting Net-Zero Energy Homes.  Learn and see how a home becomes Net-Zero to achieve the highest possible energy efficiency with special wall design, special insulation in the walls and attic, EnergyStar appliances, zoned A/C system, solar power generation and more.

It’s a fun and informative watch from the leader of energy efficient Net-Zero solar homes for Northeast Florida.  Click here to see it.  Then, visit a TerraWise Homes model to experience it first hand at Cedarbrook in Oceanway and historic Springflield.

Vote Yes In August For Solar Amendment 4

The Sunshine State should be leading the nation in solar power generation – but it’s NOT!  The Florida August primary offers voters the chance to change that by voting YES to Amendment 4.

Floridians for Solar Choice Vote Yes on 4 in August and No on 1 in November

Click here to read more about the Amendments.

Big power monopolies, heavily dependent on fossil fuels, have been waging a strong campaign to defeat this amendment.  It has been effective in creating confusion with the public in an effort to swing the vote no in August and yes for their sponsored Amendment 1 on the November ballot.  Don’t be fooled, Amendment 1 is designed to limit solar power in Florida.

There are many reasons to vote but if you are pro solar (and why would anyone not be for generating power from the sun?) this is an election you must participate in.  Absentee ballots for the August primary hit mailboxes this week, early voting starts August 20th and election day is August 30th.  Make plans now to make your voice heard by voting:

YES to Amendment 4 in August 

NO to Amendment 1 In November

Learn more about these amendments at the Floridians For Solar Choice website.

Sweetwater Model At Springfield Video Preview

Video Thumbnail TerraWise Homes Sweetwater ModelThe award-winning TerraWise Homes Sweetwater Model in Springfield is true to the historical Jacksonville neighborhood on the outside and all TerraWise style and Net-Zero energy on the inside.

Watch this short video including a walk through of the model and aerial view of the solar panel array that gives it a Net-Zero HERS Score rating.  Then, plan to visit it in person. The model is open daily at 1221 North Liberty Street in historic Springfield.

The Ortega II -Coming Soon!

The Ortega II Model Elevation Net Zero Energy Home from TerraWise Homes.

The Ortega II Model Elevation Net Zero Energy Home from TerraWise Homes. Click Here to Download the PDF.

The Ortega II is a lovely TerraWise Homes Plan. It has the following characteristics:

Size: 2,892 sf
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Garage: 2 car
Type: 2 story
Base Price: $CONTACT US

The Ortega II is just one of our many unique plans. Look over all of our plans to find out more about us and the designs that separate us from the rest. We are your local hometown builder and the only one combining years of experience with our Net Zero Energy home plans.

Our sustainable building is the difference that will pay you back over and over again through the years. Enjoy one of our Net Zero Energy Homes and enjoy the benefits for a lifetime. Contact us directly if you are interested in this or any other home.

The Ortega I – 2598sf/4Br/3Ba/2-Story

The Ortega I Model Elevations Net Zero Energy Home from TerraWise Homes.

The Ortega I Model Elevations Net Zero Energy Home from TerraWise Homes.
Click Here to Download the PDF.

The Ortega I is a lovely TerraWise Homes Plan. It has the following characteristics:

Size: 2,598 sf
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Garage: 2 car
Type: 2 story
Base Price: $CONTACT US

The Ortega I is just one of our many unique plans. Look over all of our plans to find out more about us and the designs that separate us from the rest. We are your local hometown builder and the only one combining years of experience with our Net Zero Energy home plans.

Our sustainable building is the difference that will pay you back over and over again through the years. Enjoy one of our Net Zero Energy Homes and enjoy the benefits for a lifetime. Contact us directly if you are interested in this or any other home.

St. Johns Model at Cedarbrook Video Preview

Video Thumbnail Image for TerraWise St. Johns ModelPreview the award-winning St. Johns Model on the new TerraWise Homes YouTube Channel.  Go inside to experience the innovative floor plan of this fantastic Net-Zero Energy solar powered home.

Subscribe to the channel and get notices when new videos are added.  Several videos are in production including interviews with TerraWise buyers, tours of other models, information on Net-Zero Energy construction and more.

Taking Position On JEA Ill-Founded Solar Policy

If you care about the future of the Sunshine State then you have to care about the future of solar power.  Unfortunately, just as the idea of Net-Zero Energy and net metering is finding some real footing, staff at JEA is attempting to pull the rug out from under it.  We were compelled to take a position with the Lead Letter in the April 16, 2016 Florida Times Union.  That letter is posted below.

Please read it and share this post with others.  Chime in with a comment to share your opinion.  And if you agree that solar power should be encouraged instead of discouraged by JEA staff let the board know your opinion as well.

Thanks, in advance, for helping to support Solar Power in the Sunshine state.  It just makes sense.

TerraWise Homes Shacters Lead Letter to JEA on Solar