6Features

  • Site: Sloped site that backs  up to a preserve with large street frontage in a neighborhood setting
  • Design Features: 3-module design parti differentiated by material & function; Design works with topography and vegetation to maximize views and privacy; Auto Court/Service Yard placed out of sight of street; deep porches and overhangs; cross-ventilation;  emissive metal roof
  • Building Methodology: Conventional wood framing with supplemental steel at porches; Standard-sized building materials and prefabricated floor and roof trusses minimize waste and costs; Continuous thermal envelop (foam); all mechanical devices are centrally located within the envelope; high performance clad wood windows and doors.
  • Durability: Exterior stucco; stained wood siding and soffits (placed in areas protected from sun and rain); stone, engineered wood and tile floors throughout; locally quarried stone floors on porches.
  • Mechanical System: Properly sized, high performance AC system – 16 SEER, two-stage condensers and variable fan speed air handling units with sealed ducts
  • Water strategies: water and wastewater treated on site; Simple Roof Lines simplify rainwater and solar collection; all water used in home is rainwater. Dual –flush toilets; tankless water heater.
  • Lighting: home is designed to maximize Daylighting; Interior lighting is mix of fluorescent, LED, halogen and incandescent; Exterior lighting design minimizes light pollution;
  • Power: PV array produces just under 13KW; Near Net Zero Energy Home
  • Waste Management: no dumpster was used on construction site; usable materials were reused on site or recycled off site reducing landfilled material; home is designed with built-in recycling center.
  • Landscape: native wildscape on majority of property; large stone for terraces, steps, bed borders and benches were quarried from septic field on site
  • Other: 5-star Rating from Austin Energy Green Building Program; Featured on 2012 Modern Home Tour
  • Project Team: Foursquare Builders Design/Build: Eric S. Brown, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP (design), Matt Carswell, LEED AP (construction), Wesley Wigginton, LEED AP, GMB (project management); Green Earth Engineering: Tim Zhang, P.E., LEED AP (structural); Lakota Water Company (rainwater harvesting); Circular Energy (PV array); Shutterbug Studios and Trey Hunter Photography (photography)