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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

Terrawise Homes For “New Empty Nesters”

David Shacter TerraWise Homes

David Shacter

We founded Terrawise Homes with the goal of designing Net-Zero Energy Homes that meet the specific needs of current consumers — not just copies of plans from several years ago, but freshly designed for today’s buyers. We listen carefully to the comments from visitors to our models and our buyers, as well as reviewing new home designs across the country.  It’s an ongoing process that is delivering new offerings and plans designed expressly for specific types of households, in this case “Empty Nesters”.

If you are in this group of couples whose children have left the nest, you may be considering a smaller new home than the one you occupied when raising those kids. Or you may have changed partners and are looking for a home that suits a new double-income lifestyle. For some, it’s an unexpected intergenerational household by the addition of a single older relative, or a college graduate returning to roost while sorting out future career options.

Regardless of the unique situation, many of the empty nester couples we see are looking for a low-maintenance home with efficient floor plan and more than one guest bedroom for visiting children and possible grandchildren.  A two-car garage is necessary for cars and extra storage.  Our new Wekiva Series is designed for the way many Empty Nesters tell us they want to live.

WEKIVA
The Wekiva Model Modern Elevation Net Zero Energy Home from TerraWise Homes.This four-bedroom, two-bathroom plan is an expanded version of our popular “Satilla model.  The three guest bedrooms provide flexibility for a large number of visiting children or, more commonly, one or two private offices or hobby rooms. The private owner’s suite has large walk-in closet and walk-in shower. A double garage provides storage space as well as room for two cars.

WEKIVA II
This is a larger version of the Wekiva plan in which we were able to design more convenient bathroom access from the guest bedrooms (or den) and a larger living/dining/kitchen “Great Room”.  The use flexibility of these bedrooms for study, office, or hobby provides special customization opportunities for the owners. The continuation of the covered porch increases the outdoor living area so important to living in Northeast Florida’s climate.

WEKIVA III.
The special need of one of our buyers for a grandmother suite was the genesis of this special Wekiva III plan.  It adds a separate sitting/dining room and bedroom with private porch in a lockout addition off the entry hall.  This plan is ideal for those Empty Nesters that have similar need to our buyer or just want to be prepared for the potential repopulating of the nest.

Preview the Wekiva series on our website (the latest versions are still in final design and will be added to the website soon) and then experience it at Cedarbrook, our new community on Cedar Point Road in North Jacksonville.

 

How To Verify Builder HERS Ratings For New Homes

Buyers of new homes serious about energy efficiency should look for HERS ratings when considering purchasing or building with a builder.  The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the nationally recognized scoring system for measuring a home’s energy performance.  A HERS Index score can be determined for any home, newly constructed or existing, based on the results and analysis conducted by an authorized RESNET Home Energy Rater.  The rater uses highly specialized equipment to measure the energy efficiency based on established guidelines to determine the score.  It is an intensive process and a bit costly but the expense is easily offset by the energy savings for homes that achieve better scores.

HERS Chart TerraWise HomesOn the HERS rating scale, the lower the score the more energy efficient the home.  A score of 0 means the house achieves Net-Zero producing as much energy as it consumes through superior energy efficient design and construction, and some form of energy generation (typically an Integrated Photovoltaic Solar System.)

A HERS rating is specific to the house.  Even though a builder may construct a home from the same plans, location, variables in materials and construction conditions, and other factors create unique conditions.  It’s important for buyers of new homes interested in energy efficiency to confirm their builder obtains a HERS rating for every home they construct.  Some may obtain a HERS rating for one home built from a plan offering and use that HERS rating for others constructed.  This does not provide a true HERS Rating Score.

TerraWise Homes conducts a HERS Rating Score for every home it builds.  Buyers are provided a copy of the report that clearly shows it is for the specific house they are buying.  In most cases, the basic TerraWise Home has a HERS rating lower than the standard for most builder new homes.  Adding a Solar System to the highly energy-efficient design and construction, can take the score to ZERO for the ultimate in energy-efficiency: a Net-Zero Home.

The best way to know the energy efficiency for a specific house is to ask for a specific HERS Rating Score.

 

TerraWise Homes listens to you and has the experience to build to your needs.

TerraWise Homes has years of experience and is here to listen to your needs.  Build with TerraWise Homes and live in the comfort of sustainability.

Net Zero Energy Homes means Big Savings on Electrical Bills

TerraWise Homes builds sustainable net zero energy homes which means you save big on electrical bills.