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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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$1,475,000
2704 Rock Terrace Dr - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,892
Acres
0.49
Year Built
2012
$1,475,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Barton Hills Sec 03
4 br, 3 ba, 2,892 ft²
MLS® #: 5163153
Price:
$1,475,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5163153
Sqft:
2,892
Acres:
0.49
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Barton Hills Sec 03
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Gorgeous Modern Home Sited On A 1/2-acre View Lot In One Of Central Austin's Most Popular Neighborhoods. Built By Riverside Homes & Designed By Architect Doug Frey, This Barton Hills Beauty Has It All. Large Deck And Backyard For Entertaining. Guest Suite On Main Level. Cat6e Ethernet, Motorized Window Shades, Digital Keyless Door Lock. Greenguard Custom Cabinetry. Gree...

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$329,900
104 Buoy Ln - Austin, TX 78717

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
1,917
Acres
0.13
Year Built
2012
$329,900
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Final Plat/hlnd Horizon Ph 02
3 br, 2 ba, 1,917 ft²
MLS® #: 2785486
Price:
$329,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2785486
Sqft:
1,917
Acres:
0.13
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Final Plat/Hlnd Horizon Ph 02
Property Listed By:
Engel & Volkers Austin

Amazing 1 Story Home With Tons Of Upgrades! 3 Beds, 2 Baths + Study. Sleek And Open Design With Stunning Wood Floors, Arched Entries And Soft, Neutral Palette. Soft Modern Design Carries Throughout Home. Gourmet Kitchen Boasts Dark Custom Cabinetry With Soft Close Doors/drawers, Granite Counters, Stainless Appliances And Tile Backsplash. Soothing Master Suite With Attac...

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$1,295,000
3805 Peak Lookout Dr - Austin, TX 78738

Bedrooms
5
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,370
Acres
1
Year Built
2015
$1,295,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Cherry Mountain
5 br, 4 ba, 4,370 ft²
MLS® #: 9630812
Price:
$1,295,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
5
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
9630812
Sqft:
4,370
Acres:
1.00
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Cherry Mountain
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams - Lake Travis

Exceptional Modern Design By Clark Richardson Architects. Stunning Property Boasts Open Living, Modern Design And Breathtaking Views. Luxurious Finishes Throughout:stainless Steel European Appliances, Granite/quartz/limestone Counters, Wide View Gas Fireplace, White Oak Hardwood Floors, Brazilian Hardwood Deck, Commercial "cool Roof", Sparkling Pool, Party Deck, Bbq ...

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$619,000
8813 Mountain Path Cir - Austin, TX 78759

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,629
Acres
0.22
Year Built
1976
$619,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Great Hills 01
3 br, 3 ba, 2,629 ft²
MLS® #: 7132497
Price:
$619,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
7132497
Sqft:
2,629
Acres:
0.22
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Great Hills 01
Property Listed By:
Atlas Realty

Modern Home With Exotic African Mahogany Front Door, Solid Wood Floors, Andersen Windows, Updated Kitchen, Exotic Granite Countertops, Wetbar W/wine Fridge, Stainless Steel Double Convection Oven, Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, And Gas Cooktop. Bath: Porcelain Tile, Travertine Marble & Glass Mosaics. 4th Room Converted Into Bedroom/office. Private Balcony In Master. Workben...

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$650,000
426 Eagle - Lakeway, TX 78734

Bedrooms
5
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
3,984
Acres
0.53
Year Built
1973
$650,000
City: Lakeway
Status: Active
House in Lakeway Sec 12
5 br, 3 ba, 3,984 ft²
MLS® #: 2201791
Price:
$650,000
City:
Lakeway
Beds:
5
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2201791
Sqft:
3,984
Acres:
0.53
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Lakeway Sec 12
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Mid-century Modern Home With Spectacular Views. 5 Large Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, Office/play/hobby/exercise, 2 Large Living Areas, Over 700' Of Brick Flooring, Stacked Stone Fireplaces, Tongue And Groove Wood Ceilings, Kitchen Cabinets And Counters. The Courtyard Is Incredibly Peaceful And Features A Fountain, The Backyard Is Private. There Is A Deep Pool, Large Deck, Lo...

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$6,900,000
2913 Westlake Cv - Austin, TX 78746

Bedrooms
4
Baths
6
SQ. Feet
5,377
Acres
0.8
Year Built
2009
$6,900,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Lago Villa
4 br, 6 ba, 5,377 ft²
MLS® #: 1403572
Price:
$6,900,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
6
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1403572
Sqft:
5,377
Acres:
0.80
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Lago Villa
Property Listed By:
Wilson & Goldrick Realtors

Stunning Lake Austin Waterfront Property---the Perfect Combination Of Modern Architecture, Stylish Details, Lavish Appointments. Spacious Indoor/outdoor Living Areas Flow Seamlessly Thru Folding Nana Doors, Providing Incredible Views & Natural Light. Outdoor Living With Kitchen, Fireplace, Pool/spa, 2-story Boat Dock W/ Lifts, Glass Paneled Upper Deck, Retractable Roof...

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$429,900
1609 Mckinley Ave - Austin, TX 78702

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
1,843
Acres
0.11
Year Built
2012
$429,900
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Mckinley Heights 03
3 br, 3 ba, 1,843 ft²
MLS® #: 5236585
Price:
$429,900
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
5236585
Sqft:
1,843
Acres:
0.11
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Mckinley Heights 03
Property Listed By:
Stanberry & Associates

One Of The Hippest Contemporary Homes In All Of East Austin, Mins From Dt-ut-mueller-everything! Exceptional Modern Architecture & Interior Design*high-end Finish-out*comfy-sophisticated Feel*sskitchen W/5-burner Range+big Granite Island/counter*outstanding Polished Concrete Flrs*2nd Lvg/office*high Ceilings*master Down W/walk-in Shower+jetted Tub*cool Custom Railings*u...

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$385,000
7313 Annette Cv - Austin, TX 78724

Bedrooms
3
Baths
2
SQ. Feet
2,152
Acres
0.16
Year Built
2011
$385,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Meadows At Trinity Crossing Ph 01-b
3 br, 2 ba, 2,152 ft²
MLS® #: 2558523
Price:
$385,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
2
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2558523
Sqft:
2,152
Acres:
0.16
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Meadows At Trinity Crossing Ph 01-B
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

Appt W/ Agent. Modern Home Designed By Local Architect Firm Studio Momentum. Located In The Trendy Agave Neighborhood Only 6 Miles From Downtown. Bright And Open With An Abundance Of Windows And Natural Light And Closets Everywhere. Large Kitchen W/silestone Countertops And Tons Of Cabinets. Pass-through Pantry And Laundry. Concrete Floors On Main, Bamboo Flooring Up, T...

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$850,000
205 Hi Ridge Rd - Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657

Bedrooms
4
Baths
4
SQ. Feet
4,399
Acres
0.93
Year Built
2011
$850,000
City: Horseshoe Bay
Status: Active
House in Horseshoe Bay
4 br, 4 ba, 4,399 ft²
MLS® #: 4015175
Price:
$850,000
City:
Horseshoe Bay
Beds:
4
Baths:
4
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
4015175
Sqft:
4,399
Acres:
0.93
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Horseshoe Bay
Property Listed By:
Juice Homes, Llc

Sophisticated Blend Of Classic Modern Design W/ Hill Country Chic. Custom Built W/ No Expense Spared. Incredible Home For Entertaining - Gourmet Kitchen, Outdoor Patio W/ Fp & Pizza Oven, Outdoor Kitchen, Lap Pool, Fully Automated Sound & Lighting. Solid Oak Hardwood Floors Throughout, Restoration Hardware & Fixtures, Built-ins In Most Rooms. Too Many Highlights To List...

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$435,000
7617 Seneca Falls Loop - Austin, TX 78739

Bedrooms
4
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,551
Acres
0.18
Year Built
2006
$435,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Hielscher Sec 08
4 br, 3 ba, 2,551 ft²
MLS® #: 2078085
Price:
$435,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
4
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
2078085
Sqft:
2,551
Acres:
0.18
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Hielscher Sec 08
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

This Beautifully Updated One Story Home In Highly Sought After Circle C Ranch Is Light Filled And Welcoming. Spend Quiet Evenings On The Large Back Patio Or Entertain Guests In The Expansive Kitchen. An Open Concept Floor Plan, This Home Boasts Upgrades Including Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, Modern Designer Paint Colors, And Thoughtful Touches Throug...

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$530,000
2110 Fortview Rd #a - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,163
Acres
0.18
Year Built
2012
$530,000
City: Austin
Status: Active
House in Sims E A
3 br, 3 ba, 2,163 ft²
MLS® #: 1861764
Price:
$530,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
1861764
Sqft:
2,163
Acres:
0.18
Status:
Active
Subdivision:
Sims E A
Property Listed By:
Keller Williams Realty

**seller Says Sell! $15k Price Drop** This Home Is Awesome You Will Not Be Disappointed!! Single Family Home And Better Price Than Condos On Valley View. Quiet Oasis In 78704 With Great Access To All Major Hwys. Must See This Modern Design With Tons Of Natural Light! No Hoa And Large Yard. Three Outdoor Entertaining Areas. No Carpet – Stained Concrete Floors Down And...

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$750,000
2000 Kenwood Ave - Austin, TX 78704

Bedrooms
3
Baths
3
SQ. Feet
2,060
Acres
0.15
Year Built
2012
$750,000
City: Austin
Status: Pending - Taking Backups
House in Travis Heights
3 br, 3 ba, 2,060 ft²
MLS® #: 6202068
Price:
$750,000
City:
Austin
Beds:
3
Baths:
3
Type:
Residential
MLS® #:
6202068
Sqft:
2,060
Acres:
0.15
Status:
Pending - Taking Backups
Subdivision:
Travis Heights
Property Listed By:
Archetype

Featured In Dwell, Pine House By Faye & Walker Architecture Is A Family-friendly Modern Home Designed From The Inside Out, With An Open Plan And Numerous Built-ins, Benches And Cubbyholes. But This New Project Is Also A Rigorous Study Of Formal Elements: The Iconic House Form, Exposed Structure, The Interplay Of Solid And Void. Playful Yet Restrained Finishes: Poured-i...

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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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