What is Green?
If you live in Austin, Texas, you pretty much know what green building is. Or do you? Let’s clarify.
Austin Energy Green Building is the nation’s most successful utility-sponsored sustainable building program. The program rates new and remodeled homes using sustainable guidelines on a scale of 1 to 5 stars: the more green features in the home, the more stars.
Homes are rated in six areas:
Heath and safety
Star Power: Receiving a Green Home Rating
To rate a new or remodeled home in Austin Energy’s service area, the builder, architect, or designer must coordinate with Austin Energy Green Building™. Builders, homeowners and contractors who choose to participate in the Green Building program have an awareness beyond the roof over their heads and make choices to be good stewards of the planet starting in their proverbial own back yards (or kitchen or laundry room or study or 3rd bedroom).
3-star green takes some effort. An example includes the Church of Conscious Harmony, Austin’s second straw-bale commercial structure which includes several rainwater collection cisterns, no-VOC finishes in phase one and the parking area landscaped to help manage storm water.
4-star green takes more effort. An example is the HEB on Slaughter. Its greenage includes indoor signage highlights environmental achievements, water use reduced by more than 35%; energy use by almost 50%, low toxicity materials inside and out and almost 60% of building materials manufactured in Texas.
5-star green is impressive and only 40-some homes in Austin have achieved this milestone. An example is the Pedernales on East 6th. This live/work community is built on former industrial site, uses durable, low-maintenance, and local materials throughout, and AC units are “right-sized” for comfort and efficiency.
As for impressive 5-star residential, see our blog on our Jewell Street listings. These homes are two of fewer than 40-some that have earned the highest rating by the City of Austin’s Green Building Program. Fewer than 10 of these have ever come on the market. The builder? www.GreenPlaces.com
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