There’s a lot of green building in Austin, but it’s not all single family.Â This luxury residential high-rise, The Austonian, recently received a Four Star rating (which is about the same as LEED Gold) from Austin Energy Green Building.Â The building sits on less than three quarters of an acre and was built with enough room for 166 luxury family homes.
Two key features of The Austonian include an energy-saving chilled water cooling system and an envelope made with one inch of insulated glass with low heat gain, low reflectance, and high light transmittance.
Condensate water from the cooling system is reclaimed in tanks on the 9th floor for irrigating the building’s green roof.Â Low-flow toilets, showerheads, and other fixtures reduce the use of potable water by at least 30%.
Each unit features at least 75% or more daylighting and 87% of all waste was recycled during construction.
Credits: Thomas McConnell.