Toll Brothers Promotes Green Homes in FL

Originally published by: Naples NewsApril 29, 2012

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Toll Brothers is building environmentally friendly, energy-efficient homes in four Southwest Florida communities, offering features especially appealing to buyers concerned about the environment.

"Products that are energy efficient and safe for the environment have evolved dramatically in the home-building industry," said Ken Thirtyacre, president of Toll Brothers Florida West Division. "Toll Brothers builds every home to the highest quality standards to promote energy savings as well as comfort and convenience. Investing in an energy-efficient home now means increased value in the future."

Every new Toll Brothers home is built with numerous energy-efficient features included at no additional cost. Manufactured wood components, such as engineered roof trusses and floor systems, use less material and reduce waste. Insulated exterior doors, tightly sealed air ducts, blown-in attic insulation, and programmable thermostats enhance energy efficiency and improve the overall comfort of a home.

Kohler water conserving fixtures, eco-friendly cabinetry by Yorktowne, and low-voc products such as paint, woodwork, and carpet materials are built into every Toll Brothers home in Southwest Florida.

"These energy saving selections are standard in every Toll Brothers' home," Thirtyacre continued. "Buyers may also personalize their homes with additional options to suit their lifestyles."

Some of these energy-saving options include R-38 insulation in the flat ceiling area, foam insulation injected into the exterior concrete block, and radiant barrier in the roof truss with multiple layers of aluminum — measures that can reduce attic temperatures and improve air conditioning and heating performance.

The availability of natural gas in Lee County provides additional energy savings for residents in those Toll Brothers communities.

"Our communities of Belle Lago, the Reserve at Estero, and Bonita Lakes have natural gas," Thirtyacre said. "That provides buyers in those communities an additional option: tankless gas water heaters. These supply a continuous flow of precisely heated hot water and can save up to 25 percent in water heating costs."

Many homeowners prefer natural gas as a power source because gas appliances heat on demand. Their precision control has long made natural gas kitchen appliances a favorite of cooks. Other gas appliances are gaining popularity because they are less expensive to operate and more energy-efficient, providing the best use of natural resources. Should there be a loss of power, natural gas works without interruption, making it possible to fuel an in-home generator.

Toll Brothers' communities in Southwest Florida include Belle Lago, a single-family community on Estero Parkway priced from the mid-$300,000s to the $600,000s; The Reserve at Estero, a community of single-family homes priced starting in the low $200,000s; Firano at Naples, a community of single-family homes off Davis Boulevard in Naples priced starting in the mid-$300,000s; and Bonita Lakes, Toll Brothers' newest community of luxury single-family homes in Bonita Springs priced from the low $300,000s to the $500,000s.

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