A basic builder’s 1970s ranch-style home was propelled into the 21st century with a complete makeover.
Once home to an auto dealership, this urban site now hosts a supportive housing community with 107 efficiency apartments designed to provide low-income individuals with a robust range of amenities and support services. These energy efficient and healthy living units are part of a neighborhood dense with retail and alternate transportation options.
Public areas wrap around a central light well that brings natural daylight and green space to the heart of the building. The private apartments are joined by open air corridors designed to facilitate cross breeze ventilation. Views through the circulation area and a rooftop courtyard with its panorama of downtown provide a feeling of wide open space in this high density development.
LED lighting and high efficiency HVAC systems keep energy bills low, as does each unit’s window and door triggered occupancy sensors. Material and product choices focus on durability and health. All composite wood products are verified to contain no added urea formaldehyde. A 90kW solar installation reduces the building’s monthly electric bills.
Alan Barley, Peter Pfeiffer and Matt Hart
Ray Tonjes Builder, Inc.
Air Rite By Design Inc.
Botanical Concerns LLC
Annie Paulson Gillespie
Austin Energy Program Participant
5-star Austin Energy Green Building rating
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