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Austin Cool House Tour Previews: High-performance makeover

Austin Cool House Tour Previews: High-performance makeover

A collaborative effort of Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture and Ray Tonjes Builder, this end-to-end makeover of a 1970s ranch home earned an Austin Energy Green Building Program 5-Star rating. This high-performance home, located in the Balcones neighborhood of Austin, Texas, will be a featured stop on the self-guided 2016 Cool House Tour on June 12.Cool House Tour logo

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Among the characteristics and features of this highly-sustainable home:

  • Passive solar design approach to maximize energy cost savings
  • Deep overhangs and a screened porch to protect the home from the intense Central Texas summer sun
  • Natural daylighting facilitated through the installation of large window units
  • Relocation of the fireplace from the interior to the porch to enhance air quality
  • Passive fresh-air intake system
  • High-efficiency variable refrigerant flow heat pump HVAC system
  • LED lighting fixtures
  • Kitchen equipped with an energy-saving Induction cooktop
  • Redesigned master bath with a barrier-free shower
  • Tough standing-seam Galvalume metal roofing
  • Exterior finished in varying widths of HardiePlank siding and masonry
  • Rooftop solar photovoltaic system


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More about this home

Austin Energy Green Building Program Rating: 5 Stars

Austin Energy Green Building 5-StarArchitect: Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture (Alan Barley, Peter Pfeiffer, and Matt Hart)

Builder: Ray Tonjes Builder, Inc. (Ray Tonjes)

About the 2016 Cool House Tour

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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Purchase tickets in-person at Austin retail partners: TreeHouse and Zinger Hardware

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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.

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Austin Cool House Tour Previews: High-performance makeover

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