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Austin Cool House Tour Previews: Zero-energy reconstruction

Austin Cool House Tour Previews: Zero-energy reconstruction

A holistic deconstruction and rebuild-from-the-ground-up process was used for this airy and contemporary zero-energy home, a project completed by green builder NATiVE for homeowners that loved the close-to-downtown Austin, Texas, neighborhood location of their small 1930s-era home but wanted to live in a modern dwelling that would be kind to the planet for many years to come. This Austin Energy Green Building Program 5-Star home, designed by Austin architect Elliot Johnson, will be featured on the 2016 Cool House Tour on June 12. Cool House Tour logo

Among the characteristics and features of this home:

  • Passive solar design to reduce heating and cooling loads
  • Natural daylighting approach to illuminate the home without the use of artificial lighting
  • Advanced framing design to reduce the amount of lumber used and to minimize heat and cold transfer from the outside
  • Framed using 2×6 finger-jointed studs, structural lumber that is manufactured from recycled off-cuts—yet is designed to be as strong as regular studs while being less susceptible to warping
  • Spray-foam insulation
  • Poured concrete slab with a high degree of thermal mass to help passively keep the home warmer in winter and cooler in summer
  • Open kitchen and living living area
  • Hardwood flooring made from natural maple
  • Built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves
  • Sophisticated HVAC system and fresh air filtration to ensure high indoor air quality
  • Layout that incorporates universal design concepts to enable aging in place
  • Tall operable casement windows with composite frames that never need painting and block thermal heat transfer
  • Standing-seam Galvalume metal roofing
  • Rooftop solar photovoltaic installation generates more energy than the home uses over the course of a year
  • Shaded and weather-protected covered patio area
  • Water-wise xeriscaping approach used for landscaping.

Stamford Lane
Stamford Lane
Stamford Lane

Stamford Lane

More about this home

Austin Energy Green Building Program Rating: 5 StarsAustin Energy Green Building 5-Star

Builder: NATiVE (Lloyd Lee)

Architect: Images Of … (Elliot Johnson, 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.

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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.