SOL Austin Press Release
Austin’s first truly sustainable development, SOL Austin, celebrates Pre-Grand Opening
Incorporating environmental, economic and social sustainability, the 40-home community aims for net-zero energy consumptionAUSTIN, TX July 9 This will be Austin’s first opportunity to view a development which raises the bar for green building. Developers of SOL (Solutions Oriented Living), a 40-home community in East Austin 3 miles to Downtown, along with the realty group the GoodLife Team announced today that they will be holding a pre-grand opening celebration on July 23rd from 6 pm – 8pm that is open to the public. SOL, located at 1127 Perry Road, will be the first sub-division in Texas to offer net-zero energy consumption the homes at SOL have the potential to produce as much energy as they consume. SOL is the innovation of visionary Chris Krager of KRDB, an Austin design/build firm focused on affordable smart designs. Homes at SOL will achieve the net-zero goal thru efficient heating and cooling systems, SIP panels, solar panels and other energy-saving features. But Krager’s vision for sustainability extends beyond environmental care. “The goal for this project is a broader more holistic definition of sustainability, providing both social equity and economic equity as well as green building. We don’t ensure sustainable communities just by being green. There have to be economic and social justice components”, said Krager. To that end, 16 of the homes at SOL are reserved for families earning 40% to 60% below the city’s median household income. All of the homes at SOL are affordably priced, with market rate homes starting at $217,000 for a 1,090 square foot home. Krager and his partner Russell Becker of Beck-Reit & Sons Ltd applied the city rebates for the solar system to the cost of the homes in order to keep the final prices below market rate. The goal of SOL is to make smart energy-efficient designs available to more people in a location only minutes to Downtown. For lower-income families who are being pushed farther and farther out, this can offer additional financial savings. SOL provides a mix of affordable and market-rate homes and addresses social, environmental and economic challenges of modern day residential development while making quality modern design available to all. “Unlike many of the developments going up in East Austin, no one was displaced in the acquisition of the land for SOL. The space used to be a tree farm. This speaks to the integrity of the development to address all aspects of true sustainability. As a firm concerned with sustainability in our East Austin backyard, we are thrilled to be involved,” said Krisstina Wise, principal of the GoodLife Team, the residential real estate brokerage representing the sales and marketing of SOL. More details on SOL can be found at glt.bz/sol. Invitation to the event and details can be found at glt.bz/solrsvp. About SOL Austin: SOL is a 40 home community on Perry Road, near Airport Blvd and Bolm Road in East Austin. SOL takes a holistic approach to sustainable development and represents the intersection of affordability, quality design and sustainable environmental responsibility. The homes at SOL have the capacity to produce as much energy as they pull from the grid. Homes will be hip and modern with clean lines and stunning finish outs. The community includes public and private outdoor spaces, varied set-backs and a pedestrian-friendly design.
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