Going Green!

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Austin is the birthplace of the nation’s first green building program that was developed in 1990, and Austin Energy Green Building is now the most successful sustainable building program in the nation.

AEGB has created a rating system to differentiate between the level of green homes; a house can be awarded between One (the lowest) and Five (the highest) stars depending on how many points they receive in six key areas. The 6 key areas of efficiency are: water, material, energy, testing, health and safety, and community. To receive a five star rating, a home must accumulate at least 125 points in these areas. Not all five star homes are the same, each one earns its points in different ways.

To view an AEGB Green Home Rating Guide go here:  AEGB Checklist

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Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty has recently listed an incredible 5 Star Austin Energy Green Home, 7701 Sandia Loop. Every detail of this home was skillfully thought out and researched so it would function as efficiently as possible. Some of the significant green features of this home include:

-1.24 Acre lot that is a Certified National Wildlife Habitat
-6 KW Photovoltaic System sited with Southern exposure to capture the maximum amount of solar energy at solar panels.
-Windows are places and shaded with significant overhangs for maximum daylight, while limiting solar gain.
-Windows are placed in relation to natural breeze patterns to maximize Cross-and Stack-ventilation
-Plumbing and air vents exit through sidewalls to avoid potential water penetrations into roof.
-Standing seam metal roof.
-10,000 gallon underground rain water harvesting system that fills from gutter downspouts.
-Irrigation system draws from the reclaimed water.
-Aerobic septic system.
-Geothermal HVAC system.
-Marathon Desuperheaters that utilize excess heat from the house as a constant free heat source for the water heaters.
-Energy Recovery Ventilation System
-Spray foam insulation within walls and roof structure for complete thermal break.
-Advanced framing with finger-jointed studs, zip system wall, and roof sheathing.
-LED can light throughout
-No/Low VOC points, stains, caulks and sealers.
-Locally sourced stone and lumber throughout.


This is just a small amount of green features that this home possesses. Being a 5 Star Austin Energy Home is a designation well deserved by the people who own and build these homes. To learn more about this property please visit http://susandoyle.capitalcitysothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/315-l-2708-73crhp/5-star-austin-energy-green-home-austin-tx-78735.

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