After spending some green on my car last week, it was time to get out and see some green; green construction that is. I traveled from Crestview to Buda to see some interesting green building projects.First, let’s talk about Crestview. I got to watch some 5-star green modular condominiums.

Modular construction lends itself to green standards because it produces far less waste then site built homes. That is, of course, only the beginning, from front and back porches to reduce solar heat gain from entering the home, to on-demand (tankless) water heaters, these homes produced by Town Builders, are extremely energy efficient.

In Buda, I went on a tour of Elm Grove Homes, a subdivision built by GreenBuilders, Inc. Like Crestview, these homes have been awarded the city’s 5-Star energy rating. Located right off of 1626, they are convenient to get to, and close to the elementary school. These homes are so green, they even include gutters with rain barrels that capture water that can be used for landscaping. One story and 2 story units are available. Everything I saw was between $220 and $260k.

Both green projects had blown insulation in the roof – not in the attic floor. It is more efficient to ’seal’ the home at the roof line then to allow the heat to enter the attic. It also keeps molds and other allergens from entering the house.

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