We are really proud that our home at 1354 The High Road will be featured in the 18th annual TXSES Cool House Tour June 8th, 2014. You can find Ticket information on the http://www.txses.org/solar/content/austin-cool-house-tour-2014.
This Net-Zero home was over ten years in the making. In envisioning the home, we wanted to do a wide variety of sustainable design features to showcase, that even in a larger home or a home with a conventional ascetic that green could still be included.
The cascading design of the home fits well with this extremely difficult lot. This design also saved all the major Oaks by radiating off of the main living area, creating a multitude of unique outdoor living spaces.
The unique details of this home abound with warmth and whimsy, maintaining the character of the owners while considering the impact to the environment.
The roof system of 9.5” of spray foam creates a conditioned attic that helps the efficiency of the mechanical equipment, and reduces dust/allergens.
The home is conditioned with a Geothermal HVAC system and an Infinity Heat Pump. We are also experimenting with a Solar Thermal radiant heat flooring system in the Great Room. Water Heating is preheated with the waste heat removed by the Geothermal during the summer.
Other Sustainable principles include; salvaged trusses, 100yr old French doors, salvaged cabinets, a rain water catchment system, and an abundance of native plants.