Five Star Modern Home at Sol Austin

Sol – solutions oriented living – is an impressive community of 40 modern homes three miles east of downtown Austin.  The homes are net-zero energy capable, all-electric, and built to a 4 or 5 Star rating under the Austin Energy Green Building Program.  This home earned a 5 Star rating and features an open, contemporary interior.

It was snatched up prior to construction, but a home like this could be built elsewhere in Sol for about $246,000.  The two-level Dwell-style abode has 1,331 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a courtyard area.

Sol homes have 2×6 exterior wall construction, spray-in Icynene insulation, Gerkin Rhino (double-pane, aluminum-frame) windows, FSC-certified wood, Hardie-board cladding, durable metal roofing, geothermal HVAC, efficient appliances, and solar photovoltaics ranging in size from about 3-6 kW.  Energy efficiency measures reduce total energy demand to about 50% of a standard code-built home.

The community has a below grade bio-filtration system for the city’s water quality requirements.  In addition, homes are rain collection ready and have drought-tolerant, low-impact vegetation to reduce water usage.

Sol is about halfway through completion.  Homes are built by Beck-Reit & Sons and designed by KRDB, the same firm behind Ma Modular.  In fact, many of the home plans in Sol can be fabricated and shipped outside of Austin through Ma Modular.

Credits: Sol Austin.

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  • Plumber Plano Tx

    I think it is great to see small “green” home communities starting to be developed. I like that SOL wants the homes to be trendy and attractive to the buyer but still have an eco friendly touch.

  • Beck-Reit and Sons

    Hi Preston-Thank you so much for visiting SOL and writing about the project. We really appreciate your opinion and time. We are going to get a CO on one house this week. If you would like to walk through with me I would be happy to escort you through that house and a couple in progress.
    Kindest Regards,
    DeLea Becker/ Beck-Reit and Sons
    delea (at)

    • Preston

      DeLea, unfortunately, although I used to live in Dallas, I moved about 2-3 years ago. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to visit, because our Austin tag is growing quite quickly: In the mean time, feel free to email me with updates on your green projects, which we’d like to share with readers here.

  • Edz

    Great project! The clean lines are definietly appealing to the young and modern market. Does the community qualifiy for LEED certification? I’m assuming that the design does not have a garage component, is there a carport? Last, does the design (particularly the roof design & wood exterior) change for colder climates with snow?Great article Preston.

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  • jb

    What a great design… absolutely love the hardie-board cladding playing off of the horizontal wood siding. And the bright pops of color really make it! Wish there were affordable projects like this going on in Southern California…

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  • Trey Hopson

    The interior design makes it look spacey despite the seeing a small building on the facade, and the energy efficiency stats are pretty convincing. Anyone would definitely want a home that demands only up to half the normal energy demand for houses.

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