There are many ways to measure how green your green home in Austin is, and given that Austin is the birth-place of the green home rating programs (starting in 1991), I’m going to use that as a measure of where the new green homes are here. Makes sense, right?
In Austin Energy’s Green Building Annual report there’s a great diagram of where the 2010 rated homes were built. The blue circles depict different magnitudes of single family home building per zip code.
Of 1909 single family homes that were built in Austin, 38% participated in the rating program. 78723 was one zip code which did well for commercial and residential projects, and Mueller Austin features in the commercial projects to watch with the Austin Children’s Shelter, Mosaic, the Greenway Lofts, The Wildflower Terrace and the Mueller House Condominiums being featured as projects to watch. The large blue circle means over 151 homes green homes were added in 78723 – more than any other area. The full key for the above diagram is in the annual report – check it out.
In less than 4 years, all new homes built in Austin are planned to be net zero capable, according to the Austin Climate Protection Plan‘s ambitious goals. The 38% rated projects in 2010 are not all net zero, but it’s a step in the right direction. Builders are learning to work in new ways with new materials, and to figure out what elements score points in one rating program. There’s still a big leap to making the holistic choices that make an entire building net zero.
If you’re interested in more Mueller Austin homes for sale in 2013 and beyond, you can stay up to date at my other website. Or feel free to get in touch and ask me about what’s after Section 6.
Garreth Wilcock is an Austin EcoBroker®
Specializing in: New Green Homes in Austin.