From Margaret Everton on March 17, 2011 in Austin
Transforming an existing home into one that is airtight and energy efficient can be costly. Thats why design firm KRDB has teamed up with builders from Beck-Reit & Sons to design a sustainable community of 40 homes from the ground up. Aptly named SOL, or Solutions Oriented Living, this unique community is only a few short miles outside of downtown Austin, and offers plenty of open space and garden areas. The homes are available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 1,000 to 1,800 square feet, with prices starting as low as $190,000. So what sets them apart from other homes in the area? All SOL homes are net-zero capable, meaning they could potentially generate more energy than they consume. Theyre all-electric and each carry a 4-5 star rating from the Austin Energy Green Building Program. In terms of green features, each home comes equipped with:
- Solar panels with energy capacities ranging from 3-6 kW
- Double-pane aluminum-frame windows
- FSC-certified wood
- Hardie-board cladding
- Metal roofing
- Energy efficient appliances
Drought-tolerant vegetation helps bring each property to life, and homes are rain collection ready as well.
This two-story abode is a recently completed SOL home totaling 1,331 square feet. It offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with ample open space and a light, airy feel. Clean lines make the interior feel clutter-free with a modern touch.
This particular home is selling for $246,000, but the energy savings it offers might just make it priceless.
Via Jetson Green