Sustainable Home Trends in Sarasota
What Sustainable Homes Means for SarasotaMore homeowners may want sustainable properties, but what do these look like in Sarasota? Sustainability arranges from purchasing a home in a walkable neighborhood to selecting green building for new construction.
Not every homeowner can afford new construction. One easy step towards sustainability in an existing home is to monitor energy usage and stop air leaks. Ensuring existing systems operate at peak efficiency is key. These include stopping air leaks around doors and windows, replacing old windows with Energy Star-certified dual pane windows, and checking insulation. Smart home sensors help monitor conditions and automate everything from lighting systems to watering. Florida Power and Light (FPL)offers a program called On Call that automates energy usage, reducing usage during peak hours. Florida is a prime state for utilizing solarand it’s relatively easy to retrofit an existing single family home.
Sarasota Sustainable CommunitiesSarasota is home to several communities dedicated to sustainable residential development and green building. Take Lakewood Ranch. At 8,500 acres, this community is the largest green-certified master development in the United States and it includes all the amenities you’d want from a Florida lifestyle: four golf courses, swimming pools, a luxurious country club, walking paths, dog parks, and more.
Granada Park is a downtown Sarasota community purpose-built to modern energy efficiency standards. The community is a certified Florida Green Development. The homes use solid concrete construction, energy efficient insulation and design like 10-foot high ceilings and solid core doors.
Sarasota Green Builders
Many builders emphasize green building practices locally. For example,Net Zero Constructionbuilds high-end homes using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF), making them strong against hurricane force winds and energy efficient. Masterpiece Custom Homes builds luxury single family homes using the latest materials and techniques. The brains behind Granada Park, MGB (My Green Buildings) Fine Custom Homeswork on waterfront and custom residences around Sarasota. Third-generation Perez Homes Inc.is a member of the Florida Green Building Coalition, as well as the others mentioned here. Additional local builders carrying FGBC or other green-building certifications include, but are not limited to, Tivoli Custom Homes, The Vision Group, Josh Wynne Construction,GreenLife Luxury Homes, and Voigt Brothers.
With green homes increasingly in demand, we won’t be surprised to see more homes listed highlighting their sustainable features.