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This home demonstrates that the present-popular Modern style can respond well to our harsh summers in Central Texas. It displays attributes not often associated with homes of the Modern movement – soft balanced natural daylighting, remarkable comfort via passive solar control measures, energy efficiency without reliance on expensive and maintenance-intensive Green “gizmos”, and lower exterior maintenance – all by architectural design.

The client desired the nexus of environmental stewardship with “high performance” comfort & health attributes. Total reliance on rain-water collection, harmonious response to the site’s micro-climate, excellent Indoor Air Quality without the reliance on a separate mechanical system, enhanced natural ventilation strategies, and a lovely bug-free semi-outdoor “living room” that comfortably connects one to the outdoors area few examples of the architect’s approach to Green By Design that results in a home that exceeds the expectations of its owners– yet still treads lightly on its natural surroundings.

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