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 8 homes, one duplex and one multifamily project. Learn from the homeowners and their professionals. This is a terrific resource for learning how to live comfortably in the hot Central Texas climate.
The guidebook is $20 and is your ticket to the tour. One book per person; children 12 and under free.
*Guidebooks are available at the following locations, cash or check only please, through the day of the tour:
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*Want to see just one house instead of the whole tour? $5, at the door, cash please.
Guidebook/tickets Will NOT be sold at the houses this year, except for the one house near Dripping Springs -13205 Wells Fargo. Forget to buy in advance? You may buy tickets at Treehouse and Zinger Hardware on tour day. Want to see just one house? $5 cash at the door please.
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Bull Creek Road, 78757- Barley & Pfeiffer Architects
This newly constructed two-story bungalow was designed and built to respect the character of the neighborhood, while providing ample space for a growing family. The house draws heavily on passive design for its comfort and energy efficiency, proving that planning is the most important part of any construction project.
Canterbury, 78702- Paula Rojas and Eric Tang, owners
Family members, friends, and local construction professionals from this close knit East Austin community all helped in building this modest home. The owners were an integral part of the design-build team -filling permits, finding sub-contractors, and shopping for materials.
2501 S I-H 35, 78741 - Arbor Terrace, Foundation Communities
Originally an extended stay hotel, the three-story complex was refurbished and transformed by Foundational Communities into beautiful and energy efficient housing for low income adults. A highly visible 76kW solar PV array acts as a billboard for solar energy.
West Monroe, 78704 - Finn Design Build, Alex FInnell
This home addresses the needs of an expanding demographic in our society- an aging population who wish to continue living in their own home. The design and construction of this project comfortably accommodates multiple generations under one roof with semi-private housing for live-in assistance.
South 3rd, 78704 -Ben Obregon, Architect
This property is a net-zero oasis in the middle of South Austin. The owners accumulated a credit of 872kWh in one year with their conservation minded lifestyle, energy efficient home and 7kW solar PV system. The 10,000th home to be rated by Austin Energy Green Building, its design and construction are a blueprint for those contemplating remodeling an existing wood bungalow. Extensive gardens!
West Milton, 78704- Forsite Studio, AJ Smith & Justin Sabatini
The creative configuration of buildings on this urban infill lot provides housing for three generations. The duplex was built for the parents, while the owner and her young son live behind the duplex in an Airstream trailer.Both units feel larger because of abundant natural light and generous screened porches.
Villa Court,78704 - PSW Real Estate, Sarah Thomas
Tucked in a development of 13 houses built to 5-star standards, this home is a fine example of comfortable family living in a modestly sized residence. The circle layout of the neighborhood was designed to give a sense of greater space with the inclusion of a centrally located rain garden. Solar arrays are installed on seven of the neighborhood homes.
Purple Heron Drive, 78746 - Heimsath Architects,
The owners felt at home in their neighborhood of 12 years, but were outgrowing their small, one-story ranch-style house. They demolished that property and rebuilt using the old footprint. They now have a spacious two-story home that is 84% larger than the old house while using only 42% more electricity based on total usage.In addition,a 5.8kW solar array cuts electricity drawn from the grid dramatically.
Ridgewood, 78746 - Ray Tonjes Builder
This home avoids a massive presence in spite of the generous size of the property and the neighborhood tendency to build large. Solar studies directed the orientation of the house, considered to be the single most important element of home design. The preservation of existing trees, and the choice of native plants further this home’s ability to blend into the Hill Country landscape.
Wells Fargo Street, 78737 -Native, Lloyd Lee
This home off Fitzhugh Rd. is worth the drive west of Oak Hill.Careful consideration of orientation and the placement of large covered porches extends interior spaces comfortably outside. The owners invested many months into the design and planning of this project, getting a sense for the look and feel of a home appropriate for the Texas Hill Country.
Guidebook/tickets may be purchased at this home, which is west of the "Y" at Oak Hill, off Fitzhugh Rd. Directions: from the intersection of Hwy290W and Hwy 71W in Oak Hill,
5 miles west on 290W, (R) on Fitzhugh Rd. 3.3 mi, (L) at Trail Driver (Big Country sign). Follow the signs. Please park on Wells Fargo and walk up the driveway.
Austin is on the national and international map for green building and we are proud to showcase the work of our building and design community. Austin Energy Green Building was presented with the United Nations Scroll of Honour Award in 2011 for being the first in the US to lead the way in sustainable building practices and commercial construction, providing valuable electricity, fuel, water and construction material savings.