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The term “modern architecture” can conjure images of Frank Lloyd Wright’s intricate, linear designs, or the prominent shapes and forms of a building designed with Picasso in mind. A modern home is typically one that is built in a simplified style, developed first in the 19th century and modified throughout the 20th as a reaction to the lavish designs of the Victorian and the Edwardian architectural periods. The buildings that laid the figurative foundations for modern architecture were stripped of unnecessary ornament to let the beauty of their simplified forms and functions take center stage. Engineering elements and utilitarianism play heavily into modern home styles, with materials like glass, steel, concrete, and iron used liberally in construction and showcased for their natural and raw beauty.

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$915,000
518 Sacramento Dr - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,764
Acres
0.17
Year Built
2014
$915,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in South Park Sec 01
3 br, 3 ba, 2,764 ft²
MLS® #: 3310658
Price:
$915,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3310658
Sqft:
2,764
Acres:
0.17
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
South Park Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

Modern Home In 78704! Mf Architecture & Brodie Builders Home Built In 2014! 3 Beds, 2.5 Baths + Office + 2nd Living! Steel And Glass Wall Of Windows Flank The Living & Dining & Kitchen Bringing The Outside Indoors And Provide A Great Space For Entertaining. The Kitchen Features A Center Island With Plenty Of Storage & Counter Space. The Master Bedroom Is Downstairs & Fe...

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$456,900
6120 Seville Dr - Austin, TX 78724

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,837
Acres
0.13
Year Built
2016
$456,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Meadows At Trinity Crossing Ph
4 br, 3 ba, 2,837 ft²
MLS® #: 9876904
Price:
$456,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9876904
Sqft:
2,837
Acres:
0.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Meadows At Trinity Crossing Ph
Property Listed By:
Intown Builders

Amazing Home Back On The Market (same Plan As Our Model) With Incredible View Of Downtown From Game Room And From Huge Rooftop Deck. Community Of Modern Designs And Wonderful Neighbors. Quartz Counters, Wood Floors, Tankless Wh, Very Efficient Variable Speed 16 Seer Ac, Bosch Appliances, 5 Burner Gas Cooktop. 3 Car Garage. Separate Shower And Huge Tub In Master. Loads O...

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$371,900
6105 Seville Dr - Austin, TX 78724

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,427
Acres
0.13
Year Built
2016
$371,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Meadows At Trinity Crossing Ph
3 br, 3 ba, 2,427 ft²
MLS® #: 6978520
Price:
$371,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6978520
Sqft:
2,427
Acres:
0.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Meadows At Trinity Crossing Ph
Property Listed By:
Intown Builders

Agave Is A Community Of Extraordinary Modern Designs Just 6 Miles From Downtown. This Home Has A View Of Downtown From The Master Bedroom. Under Construction Now. Quartz Counters, Bosch Stainless Appliances With 5 Burner Gas Cooktop. Office Nook Down. Extra Linen Storage Upstairs. Secondary Brs Private From Master. Massive Master Closet. Quartz Counters, Wood Floors, ...

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$415,900
6037 Seville Dr - Austin, TX 78724

Bedrooms
3
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
2,526
Acres
0.13
Year Built
2016
$415,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Meadows At Trinity Crossing Ph
3 br, 4 ba, 2,526 ft²
MLS® #: 1766695
Price:
$415,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1766695
Sqft:
2,526
Acres:
0.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Meadows At Trinity Crossing Ph
Property Listed By:
Intown Builders

Austin's Premiere Community Of Modern Design. Two Master Suites, One Up And One Down. View Of Downtown From Secondary Br Up. Wood Floors, Quartz Counters, Bosch Appl, Chef's Kitchen With Large Pantry. Upgraded Tiles, Separate Shower, Huge Tub, 16 Seer Variable Speed Ac, Tankless Wh, Sprinkler, Smart Home, Security Syst. Game Room Up. Massive Closet In Master Upstairs. ...

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$330,000
6001 Toscana Ave - Austin, TX 78724

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,887
Acres
0.2
Year Built
2008
$330,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Sendero Hills Ph 03 Amd Of
3 br, 3 ba, 1,887 ft²
MLS® #: 2585107
Price:
$330,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2585107
Sqft:
1,887
Acres:
0.20
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Sendero Hills Ph 03 Amd Of
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

This Three-story Modern Home Is The Architect's Dream, In The The Highly Desirable Agave Hilltop Community. This Unique Layout Has A Bedroom And Full Spacious Bathroom On Each Of Its Three Floors. Featuring Concrete And Bamboo Flooring Throughout, With Walk-in Closets, Open Modern Living Space And Upgraded Kitchen With High Arched Ceilings. Come Experience This Native ...

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$320,000
181 Lillie Robyn Ln - Buda, TX 78610

Bedrooms
4
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,887
Acres
0.19
Year Built
2008
$320,000
City: Buda
Status: Active
House in Whispering Hollow Ph 1 Sec 3
4 br, 2 ba, 2,887 ft²
MLS® #: 6252674
Price:
$320,000
City:
Buda
Beds:
4
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6252674
Sqft:
2,887
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Whispering Hollow Ph 1 Sec 3
Property Listed By:
Era Colonial Real Estate

This Beautiful, Modern Home Will Meet All Your Needs With An Open Layout. Angled Walls With Art Niche&raised Ceilings With Plant Ledges Grace The Entry. French Doors Open To Dedicated Study. Spacious Kitchen In The Heart Of The Home With Upgraded Cabinets, Island, Custom Back Splash, Granite Countertops And Wine Fridge. Hand-scraped Wood Floors The Spacious Owners' Sui...

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$739,900
1990 Hawthorne Loop - Driftwood, TX 78619

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
3,405
Acres
1.01
Year Built
2016
$739,900
City: Driftwood
Status: Active
House in Rim Rock Ph 1 Sec 1
4 br, 4 ba, 3,405 ft²
MLS® #: 4654445
Price:
$739,900
City:
Driftwood
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4654445
Sqft:
3,405
Acres:
1.01
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Rim Rock Ph 1 Sec 1
Property Listed By:
Realty Austin

New Construction Home Offers A Perfect Mix Of Hill Country & Soft,modern Architecture.beautiful One-story Home Located On A Corner,level Lot.interior Features Include Wood Floors Throughout,quartz Countertops,custom Cabinets W/soft Close Drawers,anderson Windows,20 Foot Ceiling In The Living Room W/wood Beams,fireplace In Family Room.gourmet Kitchen W/2 Ovens,farm-style...

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$582,455
4110 Logan Ridge - Cedar Park, TX 78613

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,178
Acres
0.2
Year Built
2016
$582,455
City: Cedar Park
Status: Active
House in Ranch At Brushy Creek
4 br, 3 ba, 3,178 ft²
MLS® #: 8503909
Price:
$582,455
City:
Cedar Park
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
8503909
Sqft:
3,178
Acres:
0.20
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Ranch at Brushy Creek
Property Listed By:
Homesusa.com

Mls# 8503909 - Built By Standard Pacific Homes - January Completion! ~ For Those With A Large Family, An Active Lifestyle, Or Just The Desire For That Extra Space To Work And Play At Home, The Vazzano Is The Perfect Multifunctional Answer To The Needs Of The Modern Home Buyer. Crafted With Spacious Designs That Flow Indoors To Out, Room To Room, This Two-story, Four Bed...

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$1,249,000
1613 Nash Ave - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,842
Acres
0.15
Year Built
2016
$1,249,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in West End Add
4 br, 3 ba, 2,842 ft²
MLS® #: 3527163
Price:
$1,249,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
3527163
Sqft:
2,842
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
West End Add
Property Listed By:
Holt Residential

Nestled In The Heart Of The Beautiful Zilker Neighborhood, Close To Some Of Austin’s Most Notable Amenities, This Luxury Home Delivers A Clean Modern Design With The Finest Modern Finish-outs. With 4 Beds, 3 Baths, An Office/guest Room On The 1st Floor And A 3rd Floor Gameroom, This Home Offers An Open Floorplan With Plenty Of Accommodations. Perfect For An Active Coupl...

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$1,599,900
6709 Vireo Cv - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,195
Acres
0.99
Year Built
2013
$1,599,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Bee Creek Hills Add
4 br, 3 ba, 3,195 ft²
MLS® #: 2665819
Price:
$1,599,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2665819
Sqft:
3,195
Acres:
0.99
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Bee Creek Hills Add
Property Listed By:
Urbanspace

The Definition Of Elegance, This 4bed/3bath Features Exquisite Finishes & Architecturally Significant Modern Design. The Property Is All On 1 Level & Shaped Like A ‘t’. 1st Wing Contains 2 Bedrooms + Decadent Master Suite. 2nd Wing Includes 2 Car Garage, Guest Suite W/private Entrance, As Well As Spacious Kitchen, Dining & Great Room. Residence Is Accompanied By Beautif...

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$449,900
7400 Sevilla Dr - Austin, TX 78752

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,326
Acres
0.19
Year Built
1970
$449,900
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Coronado Hills Sec 01
3 br, 3 ba, 2,326 ft²
MLS® #: 1969576
Price:
$449,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1969576
Sqft:
2,326
Acres:
0.19
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Coronado Hills Sec 01
Property Listed By:
Texstar Austin Realty

Fabulous Multi-level, Mid-century Modern Home Features Three Bedrooms, Two And A Half Baths, Two Living Spaces, Two Dining Areas And Fireplace. The Newly Updated Andmodern Floor Plan Offers New Kitchen Cabinets, Ceasarstone Countertops And Jenn-aire Ss Appliances, Exposed Beams And A Rear Deck Perfect For Entertaining. The Master Bedroom Includes A Large Walk In Close...

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$729,000
6727 Jester Blvd - Austin, TX 78750

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,064
Acres
0.84
Year Built
1982
$729,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Jester Estate Sec 01 Ph 01
3 br, 3 ba, 3,064 ft²
MLS® #: 5435209
Price:
$729,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5435209
Sqft:
3,064
Acres:
0.84
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Jester Estate Sec 01 Ph 01
Property Listed By:
Coldwell Banker United Realtor

Fabulous Views Of Downtown, Lake Austin, And Surrounding Hill Country! Privately Situated On .83 Acre Lot ~ Soaring Ceilings And Walls Of Glass To Bring Nature In! Unique Mid-century Modern Architecture ~ Custom Designed & Crafted By Deck House ~ Cedar Tongue & Groove Ceilings ~ Mahogany Doors And Stairs ~ 3/4" Site-finished Oak Floors ~ Spacious Master Suite ~ Huge Sec...

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What Is Modern Architecture?

Modern and contemporary style homes are a growing and unique segment of the Austin housing market. While Austin generally has a select inventory for this type of home, there are ever-increasing numbers of contemporary jewels hidden throughout the city. 

In addition to Frank Lloyd Wright, other notable modern architects include Otto Wagner, Victor Horta, Water Gropius, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Oscar Niemeyer, and Antoni Gaudi. A compilation of accomplished Austin architects and builders who work in the modern style can be found below in our recommended list of Austin luxury architects and Austin luxury builders. They can assist with new construction or remodels of modern/contemporary style homes.

Modern Home Lingo

Active Solar Electricity Generation: Solar energy collection that employs one or more panels comprised of photovoltaic cells to convert the sun’s light waves into electricity. An ideal climate paired with a large solar-panel array and ample battery storage will generate all the electricity needs of a home with low to moderate energy use.

Active Solar Heating: Collecting solar heat energy using solar thermal cells. A solar thermal installation can reduce winter fuel costs by 40-80% and minimize the consumption of non-renewable resources.

Austin luxury modern homeAdobe: A building material that is natural and extremely durable. In hot climates, it is ideal for energy efficiency, staying cool in the midday sun. In winter, the walls stays warm due to the thermal properties of the adobe bricks, which are warmed by the sun each day. Upon nightfall, that heat transfers to the interior space.

Advanced House Framing or Optimum Value Engineering: A framing techniques that utilizes less lumber and produces less waste. Since insulation material is used in place of some of the lumber, the home has the added bonus of being more energy-efficient.

Art Deco: A decorative design style first made popular in the 1920s and 1930s. The name originally comes from the exhibitions of Les Arts Decoratifs. Cubist painting and African and Native American art influenced the development of Art Deco, but the polished forms of modern machinery and aircraft were also inspirational. The style is characterized by stepped forms, rounded corners, triple-striped decorative elements, and the use of chromium and black trim.

Bakelite: The trade name of one of the first plastics to come into wide use. Invented in 1907 by the chemist Leo Baekeland, the material is a good insulator against both heat and electric current, and can easily be molded while remaining relatively inexpensive.

Bauhaus: A German school of design that, in the 1920s and 1930s, became a leader in the development of modernism. Emphasis was placed on factory-produced designs that were simple, functional, and industrial.

modern homes austinCertified Green Professional: A component of the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Program, this title is given to builders who have received a minimum of 24 hours of training in sustainable building practices.

Cob Home: Similar to adobe, cob is a building material made of a mixture of sand, clay, water and dirt. Its natural components, durability, and exceptional thermal-mass value have created a resurgence in use.

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs): CFLs are lightbulbs that last 10 times longer, use about 75% less energy and generate 90% less heat than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Compost: Turning kitchen scraps, grass clippings, and other plant and vegetable waste into a nutrient-rich natural fertilizer. Regularly maintained and rotated in a simple mound or container, the discarded organic matter will eventually break down into a precious soil-like substance that helps flower and vegetable gardens thrive. Many kitchens have compost bins for scraps built under the sink, with large units for turning on the patio.

Composting Toilet: Composting toilets look much like regular toilets but work like a backyard compost pile and use little or no water. They consist of a commode and a composting chamber with no sewer lines or septic tank. Once in the composting chamber, waste is broken down aerobically by bacteria, fungi, or even worms. Ventilation systems bring in oxygen and also create suction into the chamber, preventing odors from escaping.

Daylighting: Utilizing strategically-placed windows, skylights, and light tubes in order to maximize natural daylight and minimize the need for artificial lighting.

Dome Home: Immune to virtually any natural disaster, a dome home is an igloo-shaped residence known for its durability and supreme energy efficiency, primarily achieved by having up to 30% less surface area enclose the same amount of space found in a conventional square-shaped home.

Drip Irrigation: A watering system of tubes containing holes at strategic intervals that keep flowerbeds and gardens well hydrated with minimal waste. A drip-irrigation system is much more efficient than a sprinkler, going straight to the roots of the plants with less evaporation or run-off.

EarthCraft House (ECH): A program aimed at attaining eco-friendly homes. It is a green building initiative created in 1999 that educates builders on how to construct homes that are up to 30% more energy efficient.

Earth-Sheltered Home: A home that is built entirely underground or banked into the Earth so it is better protected from extreme outdoor temperatures, making it superbly energy-efficient in regards to heating and cooling needs.

Earthship: Earthships marry a multitude of green features together under one roof with the goal of complete self-sufficiency. Typically made of upcycled tires packed with dirt, these dwellings leverage myriad eco technologies, such as daylighting, passive solar heating, thermal-mass indoor temperature control, natural ventilation, and water catchment systems.

modern home austinEnergy Star: A government-backed initiative to promote energy efficiency. Everything from major household products to newly constructed homes can earn the Energy Star label when they exhibit energy-bill savings and a reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Energy.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling: Also known as a Heat Pump, a geothermal heating and cooling system conditions indoor space by using the Earth’s stable and renewable temperature. Regardless of whether it’s a 90-degree day or below freezing on a winter night, the Earth—possessing more thermal mass power than anything else—always remains somewhere between 45 to 75 degrees. Cost savings are achieved within five to 10 years, thanks to its highly efficient nature. A heat pump also produces significantly fewer emissions than conventional heating and cooling methods.

GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified: Household products, ranging from building materials to window treatments, are eligible for this certification when they demonstrate low particle and chemical emissions as defined by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute.

Green Home: According to the National Association of Home Builders, a home qualifies as green when it conserves water and other natural resources, is energy efficient, uses recycled or sustainable products, and protects indoor air quality.

Green Roof: Instead of traditional shingles, a green roof is covered with soil and plants. This roof absorbs rainwater rather than corralling it into a storm sewer, provides superior insulation against both hot and cold weather, absorbs carbon dioxide, creates oxygen, and helps to counteract the steamy summer temperatures in urban areas.

Greywater Recycling System: The water that goes down the drain after you wash dishes, do laundry, or take a bath is known as greywater. It accounts for 50-80% of wastewater generated by a household. When the water from this use is diverted to the home’s toilets, you now have a greywater recycling system estimated to reduce a household’s water consumption by an average of 30%.

modern home eco-friendlyHome Envelope: A home envelope is the entire exterior of your house, including the walls, roof, foundation, doors, and windows. The level of environmental integrity of the home envelope is what determines your house’s degree of energy efficiency.

International Style: Term used to describe architectural design that is simple, functional, and unornamented, following the theoretical teachings of Bauhaus and the leading figures of Modernism. The term was used as the title for an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, NY in 1932. Most of the work shown shared characteristics of flat roofs, large glass areas, plain white walls, and an emphasis on the use of steel and concrete as building materials.       

Knoll International, Inc.: This manufacturer is one of the top producers of quality modern furniture, best known for their office systems and the application of the corporate identity concept in design. The company manufactures modern designs by designers such as Eero Saarinen. The Knoll designs reflect post modern and high tech styles.     

modern home additionLEED Certification: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is a green-building certification system. Covering all aspects of constructing and maintaining buildings to make them more environmentally friendly, both residential and commercial properties are eligible for LEED certification.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) Bulbs: A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor device that glows when an electric current runs through it. Used as lighting, these bulbs last up to 50 times longer and use one-sixth the energy of incandescent bulbs and last five times longer and use half the energy of CFLs. Their major eco-friendliness and other advantages make them ideal for home lighting and many other uses.

Low-E Windows: Good for any climate, Low-E windows are coated with layers of microscopic metallic oxide that provide great insulation. Application on outer panes blocks heat in warm climates, while inside pane application helps trap heat in cold climates.

Memphis: A Group of designers of furniture and household accessories who were known for erratic, illogical, avant garde, and anti-establishment style. Bright colors, fantastic forms with a touch of "kitsch" characterize the Memphis designs produced between 1950 and 1970. With its playful and mischievous departures from the order and logic of earlier modernism, Memphis has recently been regarded as a viable, classic style.        

Moderne: Historical and stylistic term for the advanced design efforts of the 1920s and 1930s. It refers to developments in France that were moving toward a modern style, but it implies a fashion-oriented emphasis, lacking a theoretical basis. The term has become somewhat interchangeable with the English "modernistic.”

modern homes austinPost Modernism: A term that has come to describe the stylistic developments that depart from the norms of modernism. Design directions introducing color, ornament, references to historical styles, and elements that sometimes appear eccentric or disturbing have come into increasing use. The Memphis group in furniture and smaller objects display post-modern characteristics. 

Off-the-Grid: When a home is so self-sufficient that one or more public utilities are unneeded 100% of the time, it’s considered off-the-grid. Dwellings with a freshwater source, an extensive solar or wind energy setup, etc., are most apt to achieve off-the-grid status.

Papercrete: Made of paper fiber and cement, papercrete is a housing material with great insulating qualities that keeps paper out of the landfill and will lower heating and cooling bills.

Passive Solar Heating: This simple, design-oriented technology harnesses the sun’s heat energy without the need for electrical devices of any kind. Passive solar heating can mean having lots of south-facing windows for maximum sun exposure on cold winter days.

Pervious Concrete: Concrete designed to be extremely porous so that rainfall passes directly through to become groundwater instead of running into sewers or retention ponds.

Pop: Popular, art historical, and critical term used for work developed in the 1950s and 1960s that drew its inspiration from commercial art expression, including packaging, the art of the comic strip, the vocabulary of film animation, and advertising art. The style opened up avenues of expression that had previously been regarded as too frivolous to have any role in architecture and design.

modern prefab homePrefab: Prefabricated homes, often referred to as prefab homes, are dwellings manufactured off-site in advance, usually in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled.

Pumice-Crete: An alternative to conventional concrete, it uses crushed volcanic rock instead of sand and gravel in order to render a lightweight yet load-bearing building material. It’s a great insulator due to pumice’s ability to trap large amounts of air.

Radiant Heating: More efficient than baseboard or forced-air heating, radiant heating uses air, water or electricity to heat a house’s floors, walls or ceiling. They in turn heat the entire home. Hydronic radiant floors, those that use water, are the most environmentally friendly and efficient. Radiant floor heating systems work best when paired with ceramic tile flooring, thanks to the tile’s conduction and thermal mass properties.

luxury modern homesRain Garden: A rain garden takes the abundant rainfall runoff common in urban areas out of the storm sewers and into a naturally depressed land area where a water-loving native garden is planted. In residential settings, rain gardens are typically placed at the exit point of a gutter downspout.

Rainwater Catchment System: A rainwater catchment system, such as a rain barrel, stores rain water until you need it to water your garden or wash your car. A more advanced system collects water in a cistern and uses a pump to distribute it throughout the house for flushing toilets and washing laundry.

Rammed Earth: Similar to adobe and cob, rammed Earth can last indefinitely and cost up to a third less than a standard frame house, while eliminating the need for toxic building materials and deforestation. It’s made by compressing a mixture of mud, gravel, chalk and lime in reusable forms and is known for its extreme durability and excellent thermal mass properties.

R-Value: R-value measures the effectiveness of insulation materials. The higher the number, the better the insulation power and the lower your heating and cooling costs. Spray foam is an example of a type of insulation with a high R-value.

Septic Tank System: Approximately 25% of Americans use stand-alone septic systems—as opposed to tying into city-sewers—to effectively treat wastewater, and they are often the only option in rural areas. Standard septic systems consist of a tank, drainfield, and the surrounding soil. Septic systems are inexpensive to maintain but do require some vigilance to ensure smooth operation.

Siting: Choosing the greenest location to build a house. Siting takes many factors into consideration, including impact on the ecosystem, proximity to infrastructure, and south-facing orientation, in order to take advantage of the sun’s warming properties.

modern luxury home interiorSolar Panel: Also known as a photovoltaic module or photovoltaic panel, a solar panel is an interconnected assembly of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight to electricity. To create an adequate amount of electricity, often several panels are joined into what is called a solar-panel array. Usually the array is connected to a battery to store the power for use at night or on cloudy days. An inverter and voltage sensing transfer switch is required to create the proper electric current for home use. Solar panels can be mounted on a rooftop or be freestanding.

Solar Water Heater: Free energy emitted by the sun can be turned into a hot shower when a solar water heater is installed on your rooftop. It uses the sun's energy to partially or completely heat your household water supply.

Straw-Bale Construction: A method to achieve load-bearing qualities and great insulation from a renewable resource, straw-bale construction stacks bales on top of a raised foundation, ties them together, and then covers them with plaster or stucco.

Super Adobe: Also known as Superblock, Super Adobe uses fabric bags filled with adobe to form sustainable, dome-like structures that are extremely durable. Super Adobe structures go up quickly and cheaply and have the same thermal mass properties as traditional adobe.

Sustainability: The extent to which something or someone can independently endure. For a home to be considered sustainable, it must be maintained over the long-term without depleting natural resources.

Sustainable Community: A neighborhood or town made up of sustainable infrastructure, businesses, and homes whose inhabitants work together to tread more lightly on the Earth. Such a community can be planned and built, or an existing neighborhood can be modified to achieve such sustainability.

Tankless Water Heater (On-Demand or Instantaneous Water Heater): Whenever a hot-water tap is turned on, cold water is instantly heated as it flows through a small heating unit, thus avoiding wasted energy. Also called “demand” or “instantaneous” water heaters, they achieve the greatest efficiency gains when used in a household with lower than average hot-water consumption or when installed at each hot-water outlet.

Water Well: A structure or hole in the ground that provides access to groundwater. It is created by digging or drilling deep enough to reach an underground aquifer. The water is drawn up in a container or by using a pump. Often it is stored in an underground or above-ground tank.

Wind Turbine: An energy creating device that relies on the strength of the wind. Similar to solar panels, any excess energy generated by the turbine is stored in batteries where it can be used during non-windy times.

Xeriscaping: This approach to lawns and gardening utilizes a diverse variety of native, climate-friendly and/or drought-tolerant plants, while taking measures to avoid water runoff and evaporation. It is ideal for drought-prone climates.

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