It’s a safe bet to assume that energy costs will continue to rise. For that reason alone, it would be prudent to consider a new home’s energy efficiency to be even more important than the fuel efficiency of a new car, since people generally own a home for much longer than they own a car.
Saving homeowners money on energy costs is just one reason that GreenPointe Homes developed its Intelligent Green program, according to Roger Postlethwaite, company president.
“We created the Intelligent Green program to benefit both today’s home buyers and the environment,” Postlethwaite explains. “It is very important that our homeowners have products in their homes that aren’t only better for the environment, but better for their home, their family and their budget.”
The Intelligent Green program is a major component of all GreenPointe homes, from the design to the construction and the materials used in construction. The program emphasizes the use of green technologies that directly affect the total cost of home ownership as well as the use of sustainable construction products and processes.
“We incorporate radiant-barrier roof sheathing, which considerably lowers the amount of solar heat that enters the home,” says Vicki Bratvold, vice president of sales and marketing. “The sheathing, which is installed in the attic, lowers attic temperatures and reduces strain on the air-conditioning system.”
Other money-saving green technologies include water-saving appliances, toilets and plumbing fixtures, and low-E windows that maintain the home’s heat in the winter and cool temperatures during the summer. GreenPointe Homes are equipped with programmable thermostats, which save energy by allowing for multiple time and temperature settings.
Bratvold says GreenPointe Homes also incorporates advanced framing technologies to ensure tighter construction, which increases the efficiency of the home’s insulation. Air pressure balancing technology allows for better air circulation and consistent temperatures throughout the home.
GreenPointe Homes currently has two move-in ready homes in the popular Southern Hills Plantation Club, just south of Brooksville. The rolling terrain of Southern Hills Plantation creates a master-planned community like no other in Florida, according to Bratvold.
Amenities within the community include a Pete Dye-designed 18-hole championship golf course, a resort-style swimming pool and tennis courts, as well as miles of nature trails and sidewalks.
“The 20,000-square-foot, casually elegant golf clubhouse, which is steeped in the architecture of the Old South, is the perfect place for members to relax and socialize,” Bratvold adds. “Perched high on the hill and overlooking the greens and fairways, the club offers spectacular views for miles. A separate 7,500-square-foot spa and fitness center presents more ways for members to be pampered or work out.”
The popular Pinemore floor plan is one of the move-in ready homes available at Southern Hills.
“The Pinemore has an owner’s suite and a second owner’s suite, which could be turned into an exercise room, while the secondary bedrooms could be designed as offices with double glass doors,” Bratvold explains.
“The model has 2,490 square feet of living space on the ground floor, with a 41-foot covered porch that stretches across the back of the home, which includes a summer kitchen, paved flooring and a fire lounge. The second floor contains a bonus room with bathroom and walk-in closet, and an expansive second-floor covered porch to bring the total square footage up to a very spacious 2,988 square feet.”
The Pinemore, which overlooks the golf course, is priced at $345,645, and includes a $5,000 credit toward a Southern Hills Plantation Club membership.
The Sweetbriar is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom 2,328-square-foot home that overlooks the 15th tee of the golf course. The home features a 28-foot covered verandah in the back, as well as a fully equipped kitchen and an owner’s suite with a separate sitting room and a two-car garage. Priced at $255,029, the Sweetbriar includes a $5,000 credit toward a Southern Hills membership.
“These two move-in ready homes are a great bargain and a great opportunity to live the Florida lifestyle in one of the most beautiful communities in the state,” Bratvold adds.
The sales center at Southern Hills Plantation Club is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.sohilly.com, or call (352) 799-9898.