Homestead Oaks is Foundation Communities’ most ambitious multifamily affordable housing development to date.
Foundation Communities preserved hundreds of heritage live oaks on this 29-acre former ranch. This development is the first large-scale, multifamily property in Austin to feature solar power directly serving renters’ meters. The 135 kW array is individually connected to each apartment, allowing residents to benefit from lowered electric bills and the value of solar tax credit. Foundation Communities hopes Homestead is an example that encourages more multifamily developers to provide renewables to tenants.
The property has 140 apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms, designed for individuals or families earning between 30 and 80 percent of median family income. The apartments are safe and efficient, and residents have access to the on-site learning center with afterschool and summer school programs. Foundation Communities’ Green & Healthy environmental and health education curriculum empowers kids to help their families save energy, water, divert waste and make healthy living choices. Additional green building features incorporated at Homestead Oaks are natural day-lighting, LED lighting, ducted mini-split HVAC systems and fresh air ventilation in every unit. Centralized heat pumps generate hot water and eighteen 2,500-gallon rainwater collection tanks are part of the irrigation system. The native landscaping and a custom-built playground reflect the surrounding natural landscape.
Located at 3226 West Slaughter Lane | 78748
hatch + ulland owen architects
Tom Hatch, FAIA
Bailey Elliott Construction, Inc.
Studio Balcones Landscape Architecture
Harvested Rain Solutions, LLC
Ron Van Sickle, ARCSA AP
Austin Energy Program Participant
4-Star Austin Energy Green Building rating
Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Incentive
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