Urban 5 Star Rated Empty Nester

Build an extremely energy efficient home.

Soledad worked closely with project architect Stephen Zagorski to develop a building envelope that would not only receive a 5-star energy rating, but would outperform even the homeowner’s expectations. The resulting home utilizes passive design in window placement, oversized soffits and a west-facing screened porch. The home’s systems include a 19 SEER zoned, variable speed heat pump HVAC and solar-thermal water heating system. Other highlights include a standing seam metal roof with air gap to prevent heat transfer, sealed attic and rainwater collection system.

The Pressler residence not only received an Austin Energy Green Building 5-star rating, but it received the highest points ever in the 8.0 program and was selected as a 2009 case study for the City of Austin Green Building Program.

The home was selected for the 2009 Cool Home Tour.