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Austin, TX

 

Blending existing with new construction

Set in a neighborhood built in the 1950s, this addition/remodel was a good example of how we combine new construction with old while respecting the surroundings. The design of the house stayed true to the neighborhood and concepts of green building. This project combined new technology with correct orientation of the house and a harmonious integration of sustainable features into the living spaces. The original house remained intact, updated to blend into the project, even though it could easily have been demolished. This was a key sustainable choice.

Green Features

  • Insulated concrete form wall system (RASTRA┬«)
  • 1.8-kilowatt PV system
  • Galvalume standing-seam metal roof
  • Large overhangs and minimal west-facing glazing for good daylighting and cooling breezes
  • Energy Star appliances and fluorescent light fixtures reduce internal heat loads
  • Heating and cooling equipment and ductwork located within thermal envelope
  • Reclaimed lumber from demolition of portion of existing house used for trim and miscellaneous framing
  • No-VOC paints
  • Velvet oil for all wood surfaces
  • Bio-based spray insulation
  • Stained concrete floors for good indoor air quality

Five-star green home under the Austin Energy Green Building program.

Five-star green home under the Austin Energy Green Building program.
“The original house remained intact, updated to blend into the project, even though it could easily have been demolished. This was a key sustainable choice.”
Smith Holt — Architect