Packing a high degree of architectural value into a small footprint, this 850-square-foot home is an affordable and high-performance alternative for individuals seeking to reside in a sustainable home. A joint project by the Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC) and Z Works Design Build, the compact two-story home will be open for viewing during the 2016 Cool House Tour on June 12.
This project has its roots in The Alley Flat Initiative, a program that is designed to bring efficient, sustainable and affordable housing to Austin neighborhoods. The program was created by the University of Texas School of Architecture in 2005, and today is a collaboration between the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development (UTCSD), ACDDC, and the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC).
Among the characteristics and features of this tour home:
- Layout consisting of two bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, and living/dining area
- High-efficiency HVAC system
- High-efficiency heat-pump hot water system, centrally located to minimize the length of water line plumbing
- Ceiling fans installed in all rooms
- Durable standing-seam Galvalume metal roofing material with a striated profile
- Roof surface properly oriented for the future installation of a solar photovoltaic system
- Low-maintenance Galvalume metal siding
- Operable windows positioned to catch prevailing breezes
- Natural shading from intense summer sun provided by a large oak tree on the west side.
More about this home
Austin Energy Green Building Program Rating: 5 Stars
Architect: Austin Community Design and Development Center (Richard MacMath, Project Architect)
Builder: Z Works Design Build Inc. (Khairuz Zaman, AIA)
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.