Cool House Tour showcases energy-efficient homes in Austin

June 6, 2019

The 23rd annual Cool House Tour opens Sunday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with some of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly homes in Austin. All the homes on the tour are built to the highest standards of energy efficiency, comfort and sustainable design. This year’s tour features three remodels, three new homes, an Accessory Dwelling Unit built using a shipping container and a wildlife sanctuary residence. Seven of the homes are Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) rated and one home showcases the first graywater system permitted by the City of Austin. Each home also has its own hashtag and Cool House Tour participants are encouraged to tag and share on their social media channels as they work their way through the event.

This annual one-of-a-kind, self-guided tour co-produced by AEGB and Texas Solar Energy Society showcases homes that are a resource for learning how to live comfortably in the hot Texas climate. Tour goers will be greeted at the tour stops by homeowners and building professionals who will personally spend time discussing home features, design strategies and sustainable building practices that can help you create your own cool home.

Since creating the nation’s first green building rating system in 1991, AEGB has rated more than 15,000 single family homes, 160 multifamily properties with more than 26,000 dwelling units and 266 commercial properties with more 31 million sq.ft. and 9,000 dwelling units.

“Austin Energy thanks the participating homeowners, designers and builders for sharing their homes, experiences and expertise so others can replicate their success,” said Debbie Kimberly, Austin Energy Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions and Corporate Communications.

Green building has become part of the mainstream, making it more affordable to buy an energy efficient, sustainable home. About one-fourth of all new, single-family homes built in Austin are now green building rated. AEGB develops and maintains its own Austin-specific rating systems that allow them the flexibility to carry out Austin’s ambitious climate protection goals.

How to get tickets
Tickets for the tour are available online for $26 and at retail sponsor Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $25. Tickets purchased at the homes the day of the tour are $30. Children 12 and younger attend for free. Visit to view photos of the homes, read more about the tour and purchase tickets.

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