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.