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Austin Cool House Tour Previews: Modern energy-efficient oasis

Austin Cool House Tour Previews: Modern energy-efficient oasis

Incorporating a 2,600-square-foot modern home, a 480-square-foot studio, and a standalone covered deck island into a site near the downtown area of Austin, Texas, this Austin Energy Green Building Program 5-Star-rated venue on the 2016 Cool House Tour promotes a unique blend of inside-to-outside seamlessness and livability. Designed by Travis Young at Studio Momentum Architects, the urban site evokes the feeling of a private oasis nestled among heritage oak trees.Cool House Tour logo

Among the other characteristics and features of this unique home:

  • Design that embraces modern architecture practices
  • Passive solar approach reduces heat gain in hot Texas summers, highlighted by an 8-foot overhang on the southern face of the house
  • Operable window in a central light well that creates a thermal chimney effect to facilitate passive cooling
  • Large second floor windows to enable natural daylighting
  • Rough-cut wood flooring materials crafted from varied species of woods
  • Kitchen designed with an eclectic mix of materials, including varying heights of contemporary white countertop surfaces, cabinets crafted in a combination of aqua and black finishes, and accent strips of grey and white glass tile
  • All-electric design, including an induction cooktop in the kitchen, heat-pump water heaters, and a high efficiency HVAC system
  • Screened-in porch
  • Shaded second-floor balconies
  • Walkway and covered deck island constructed from low-maintenance composite decking materials.


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More about this home

Austin Energy Green Building Program Rating: 5 Stars

Architect: Studio Momentum Architects (Travis Young)

About the 2016 Cool House Tour

Austin Energy Green Building 5-Star
Featuring venues around Austin, Texas, the annual Cool House Tour is a can’t miss happening for anyone interested in high-performance, sustainable, and eminently cool residential architecture. Now in its 20th edition, the tour runs on June 12 for 2016 and offers a diversity of sustainable designs, including a variety of single-family homes, a pair of family compounds, and two multi-family developments. The event is a collaboration between the Austin Energy Green Building Program and the Texas Solar Energy Society. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 the day of the event.

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Tom Kolnowski

Tom Kolnowski is the Chief Content Officer & Founder of Digitized House Media, LLC, the publisher of Digitized House | Guide to the Connected Home. When he isn’t writing about smart home technology, sustainability, and high-performance architecture, you’ll find him exploring faraway destinations with his family.