Green Building

Local Innovation Recognized Nationally and Worldwide

Green Building for the Home

When Austin Energy Green Building began rating homes for energy efficiency and sustainable building practices almost 30 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 2018, Austin Energy Green Building rated more than 15,000 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 Green Building 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 2018, Austin Energy Green Building rated more than 5.4 million square feet of commercial space with one project achieving four stars; 2,658 multifamily units, including one five-star and one four-star development; and more than 895 residential dwellings with 59 achieving a four-star rating and 30 achieving a five-star rating.

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Last Updated: 11/15/18

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