Anyone in the market for a new house these days may feel as if the terms “affordable” and “eco-friendly” don’t always go hand and hand. True, costs of green construction have decreased over the years, but eco-friendly building materials are still usually more costly than traditional types, both to create and to install.
But a new planned community near Austin, Texas, is turning things around. A selection of 7,500 new single- and multi-family homes and apartments known as Whisper Valley will soon be the largest zero-energy capable housing community in the U.S.
The development will encompass 2,000 acres alongside parks, trails and forests as well as businesses, schools and a fire station. According to Taurus of Texas, the community’s developer, homes here will start in the low $200,000s. And it gets even better:
How is Taurus able to provide such attractive options more affordably? They are partnering with the city of Austin to set up a foundation that will offer this long-term, sustainable and affordable housing to homebuyers who make 80% of the median income in Austin. Qualified buyers will receive down payment and closing cost assistance.
Said Douglas Gilliland, president of Taurus, “We are bringing a new product to the market that meets the budget and lifestyles of first-time buyers and growing families as well as reducing the carbon footprint.”
Who knows? If Austin’s eco-friendliness continues to play a major role in the city’s development, it could just become one of our featured Eco-Friendly Cities!