austinhomeMany multi-story buildings and also many skyscrapers landed their foot as green buildings in this world. This is because they wanted to contribute themselves to the list of energy efficient buildings that reduces the carbon emission and saves the energy to greater level. Not only the multi-story buildings but also few homes started to twinkle as green houses now. Jointly all these efforts directs us towards a pleasant eco-friendly atmosphere. The first green house was probably built in Roman times to cultivate to cultivate exotic fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, new Austin home affix itself in the catalog of green houses.

Austin home, a good looking home covers an area of about 3,266 square-feet. This home earned the top ratings from three widely reputed green building programs in Austin, LEED – Platinum, NAHB Model Green Building Gold and Austin Energy Green Building 5-star. Additionally this house also earned the Energy Star Qualification. The builder of this energy efficient home is Durrette Interests, Austin Architects: Barley & Pfeiffer Architects, Austin.

Austin home includes various techniques such as advanced framing technique, energy efficient windows, low-VOC interior finishes, a tank less hot water heater, dual-flush toilets, a very compact fluorescent light fixtures and so on. Austin homes uses 3-KW solar photovoltaic array on its southeast roofline, which conserves 25 percent of energy. A light-colored galvalume prosnap 100 recycled-metal roof contains a self-venting radiant barrier system, which consists of the venting path between the underside of the roof and the roof decking, to maintain attic temperature low. This also acts as a big umbrella for the house.

The Austin home also contains a very unique and special attic, sealed with the ventilated roof, which allows very little amount of the heat incident on the roof to penetrate into the house. Spray-foam attic insulation is used, which is used to reduce the humidity of the home during the summer, keeps the home warmer in winter and also decreases the accumulation of dust. Windows and overhangs are designed and sized in such a way to provide summer shading yet allowing abundant daylight and natural winter heating from the sun. Unconventional-looking cloth canopies hanging on the aluminum framing helps to shade the windows at certain of the day. 

First-floor screened porch on the prevailing-breeze side of the house and a stair tower on the opposite side maximizes the potential of the home to responds to the solar and to other climatic considerations. Unbelievably, this porch is very cool even without any air conditioners. The passive thermal siphoning facilitates the natural cooling and ventilation. A Carport – an open-sided shelter for vehicles, performs double-duty as a covered play area that makes the prevailing breezes to keep it cool and comfortable, even in the times of summer. The breezes vent out of the 5-foot-alley between the house and detached garage.

High energy efficient air conditioning is used to stay cool and comfortable. Austin home is sited in the neighborhoods of the USGBC standards. This house is at a walk able distance from the work, workshop and shops. Merely for its location, Austin house earned 10 LEED points.