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Green Building

Local Innovation Recognized Nationally and Worldwide

Green Building for the Home

When Austin Energy’s Green Building team began rating homes for energy efficiency and sustainable building practices over 20 years ago, green building was often seen as a niche in the custom home market. Now, green building has become part of the mainstream, not only in the housing industry, but also in commercial and multifamily development.

As much a one-third of all the single-family homes and apartments built in Austin each year are green-rated homes. Since the program’s founding in 1991, through early 2012, Austin Energy Green Building rated more than 10,000 single-family homes. Additionally, most of the new commercial and multifamily buildings downtown and in large-scale developments are green building-rated.

Recognition and Leadership

Our Green Building program was the first of its kind in the United States and was the impetus for the creation of the U.S. Green Building Council and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings. Austin Energy leads not only the country, but also the world, in green building innovation. It has twice won awards from the United Nations, including the Scroll of Honour, considered the most prestigious human settlements development award in the world.

Read the full listing of Austin Energy Green Building awards

Did You Know?
In fiscal year 2013, Green Building rated more than two million square feet of commercial space with two projects achieving the highest rating of five stars; 1,500 multifamily units, including two four-star developments; and more than 600 residential dwellings with 49 achieving a five-star rating.

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