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Austin Cool House Tour

Austin Events and Festivals

Austin Events - Austin Cool House Tour Austin Cool House Tour
June 6, 2010
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
12 Featured Homes/Projects
Tickets/Guidebook - $15

As its name states, this has been a very cool annual Austin event since its inception back 1997. The premise of the Austin Cool House Tour is this: each year the Texas Solar Energy Society and Austin Energy Green Building organize a home tour featuring notable local solar and other green projects.

Tickets are purchased in the form of a guidebook and map that highlights the homes and projects for the current year's tour. The Cool Home Tour Guidebook can be purchased at either Austin Central Market location or online beginning May 4, 2010.

[You can also preview the guidebook online once it's available - I've previewed the 2010 guidebook and it's very impressive. It promises to be a valuable resource long after the event itself.]

Examples and features on display include:

  • passive energy efficient design
  • active solar photovoltaic systems
  • solar thermal systems
  • small wind energy generation
  • smart-grid technology
  • reclaimed/recycled/locally-made material use
  • urban and rural rainwater collection

Note: this is not a tightly structured or scheduled tour event - it's more like a day of open houses.

You're encouraged to attend the event as energy efficiently as possible - biking, carpooling, public transportation (bus schedules should be posted on the Cool House site as the event nears), but let's not get too crazy here.

There's no need to skip the event just because you'll be showing up in an SUV instead of a recumbent bicycle. In addition to the environmental reasons for building green, there are also economic advantages that should appeal to everyone.

This is a really neat event and a terrific educational opportunity to see first hand the practical application of renewable and efficient energy design, whether in new construction or as remodel projects.

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