The 18th Annual Austin Cool House Tour
Sunday June 8, 2014
Once again Austin Energy Green Building and the Texas Solar Energy Society collaborate to showcase homes and projects that are designed and built to high standards of energy efficiency, comfort and attractive design. This year we have 11 projects. This is a terrific resource for learning how to live comfortably in the hot Central Texas climate. You'll have the opportunity to learn from the homeowners and the professionals.Questions? Call Lucy 512-751-1873
TICKETS/ CASH OR CHECK PLEASE. The $20 guidebook is your ticket to the tour. One guidebook/ticket per person. Guidebooks are available at the following retail locations, including the day of tour, cash or check please ( online sales have closed)
Children 12 & under free. Want to see just one home? $10 at the door please, but you will not receive a guidebook.
Questions? Please call Lucy 512-751-1873
A LIMITED NUMBER OF GUIDEBOOK/TICKETS WILL BE FOR SALE AT THE HOUSES
LEED-AP CE will be available. Sign in at the table outside the home. View a minimum of six homes and receive six CE credits (fewer homes, sorry, no credits). AE will email you a certificate and you will self-report to USGBC ...MORE
AIA CE will be available again this year. 1 CEU per home visited...MORE
TOUR PROJECTS- This is a self guided tour and the addresses are listed in full in your guidebook/ticket, $20, available tour day at the above retail locations (cash or check please). Again, a very limited number of tickets will be available at the homes.
Think all energy efficient homes are alike? We think you'll be interested to learn that this year we are featuring three Net-Zero Energy Capable projects with very different looks (NZEC buildings, over the course of a year, use renewable technology to produce as much energy as they consume).
The High Road, 78746-You may be reminded of England when you visit this Net-Zero Energy English castle style home in West Lake Hills, complete with geothermal, 19kW solar PV, rainwater collection and radiant floor heating in the Great Room.
Paul Teresa Saldana (Goodwin and Tillery), 78702 -You will be pleased to know that there is affordable housing for families that is Net-Zero Energy Capable in East Austin, also with geothermal, solar PV and solar thermal.
Trail Driver Street, 78737
- A modern country home that's also Net-Zero Energy Capable
, with geothermal, rainwater collection, solar PV, comfortably accommodates a family of four. This home is an excellent example of solar passive design for our Central Texas climate.
Bliss Spillar Road, 78652 - Another country home for two retired sisters with their own separate wings. Built on a conservation easement, the design and construction was tailored to both AEGB 5-star standards and Hill Country Conservancy requirements that protect the land and wildlife.Rainwater collection, 6kW solar PV
South 6th Street, 78704
- Built on a narrow lot, designed to accommodate the Heritage Live Oak that now shades the home, and engineered for storm water protection from West Bouldin Creek at the property line. An urban home, filled with natural light that has the feel of a nature retreat.
restrictions require us to shuttle you from 3201 Bee Cave Rd.
(parking lot for Trianon, Michaels, SteinMart) to this house, but it is a short 1/2 mile ride. Don't miss it! The ecological goals of this home go above and beyond the standards of the Austin Energy Green Building rating. The owners are educators at the UT-Austin, with one focusing on environmental health and healthy home interiors. The primary focus of this project was to push the limits of “healthy house” construction.
Lakeshore Drive, 78746
- The owners chose to deconstruct their existing home to make room to build this beautifully crafted, 5-star, smaller home. Perched above Lake Austin with views of downtown, they used overhangs, porticos and exterior shades for passive solar management. 6.48kW of solar PV and LED lighting reduce energy consumed from the grid and the garage is pre-wired for an electric vehicle.
3501 River Road, 78703
- Completed in 2002 as a 5-Star rated home for a family of seven, this home returns to the tour 12 years later. Solar passive design ensured proper site orientation, window layout, natural lighting, proper overhangs and natural ventilation. Over the years, the systems of the house have proven to be an ongoing laboratory for evolving technologies and lessons learned.
Govalle Avenue, 78702
Founded in 2009, the owners of HausBar Farm wanted to grow vegetables, raise hens for eggs and raise and process chickens and rabbits for meat. The result is a 1.8 acre lot that formerly held three derelict houses, now transformed into a thriving urban farm with a 5-Star rated home that is a hub for community activity, a center for education and a source of local organic produce.
Jeff Davis Avenue, 78757
- The designer, builder and owners worked as a team to insure that the construction budget did not exceed $125/sqft. The owners' previous house was half the size of this new home, but the new home's energy bill is the same. Built to house a growing family, it includes a separate suite for visiting guests. This home is a perfect example of conscious planning to build an energy efficient home on a tight budget.
Langham Street, 78741
- The plan was to remodel the original house on the lot until the new buyers found out what was really behind the walls! Taking it down to the basic footprint, the new home that rose up is 903 square feet of efficiency, style and comfort. That green front door you see on the cover of the 2014 Cool House Tour guidebook? Welcome to this home!
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