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    Volunteers needed for Cool House Tour, May 23rd Please help the Texas Solar Energy Society by volunteering for a shift at a house on the tour and get a free
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      Volunteers needed for Cool House Tour, May 23rd

      Please help the Texas Solar Energy Society by volunteering for a shift at a house on the tour and get a free guidebook for your own touring pleasure.


      Fist shift:  11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

      Second shift: 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


      Volunteers are needed to be the friendly greeter, to check that each visitor has a guidebook or to sell him/her one, to have visitors either remove shoes or put booties over them and to host a sign-in table .  Volunteers will also take tour supplies either to or from their site, including directional yard signs to be placed at key intersections.  These and other supplies will be distributed at a volunteer orientation.  Attendance is mandatory, either Thursday, May 20th, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., OR Friday, May 21st, noon - 1 p.m.  Light supper/lunch will be provided.  These meetings will be held at Austin Energy, 721 Barton Springs Road.


      Please help us out!  See below to review the homes on the tour and pick the site where you want to be.  Return an email to Kathryn Houser at info@... to identify your home choice and which orientation meeting you will attend.  THANK YOU!!!


      Homes featured on the Cool House Tour 2004


      1.      Van Hyfte Remodel, in SOCO, a 104-year old family-built farmhouse transformed into a comfortable, efficient, high-tech example of how to build today.  The project’s highly conscientious sustainability is economical and can be accomplished by any homeowner or general contractor.

      2.      Schuwerk Residence, in SOCO, a striking home filled with light and low maintenance materials.  To preserve solar access, the owners got a variance to retain the wooded west side and built on the east half only.

      3.      Soliz Residence, in East Austin, a modest, extremely energy efficient home built of insulated concrete forms and metal panels.  This charming home makes use of creative forms of concrete in the attractive floors and unique shower surrounds.

      4.      Pedernales Live-Work Lofts, in East Austin, a dramatic, inner city project combining Smart Housing, Smart Growth and Great Streets programs. Utilizing the best of contemporary ideas in urban planning, sustainability and modern architecture, the exciting site design pushes the storefronts and lofts to the street edge while providing an inner core as a large, interior park focusing on a performance pavilion and a community garden linked with courtyards and plazas.

      5.      Heritage Village, in East Austin, a single-family development of energy efficient, affordable homes. Spacious sidewalks throughout the development, the minimization of garages, the large front porches and the traditional architecture reminiscent of a by-gone era create the feeling of a 1950’s neighborhood. Two of the 12 builders’ projects will be open for touring.

      6.      Holt Residence, in Central Austin, an attractive period home on a narrow lot built of structural insulated panels.  With an open floor plan downstairs and private rooms up, the space available has been maximized with efficient built-ins; flexible, modular closet spaces with double access; and innovative uses of often overlooked areas, especially for creative storage solutions.

      7.      Donoho/Okeefe Renovation, in Central Austin, an excellent example of passive solar design. This beautifully day-lit home successfully integrates indoor-outdoor living with corner glass doors and pocket screens onto a large deck and back yard.

      8.      Raleigh Renovation, in West Austin, an addition that doubled the existing space while lowering utility bills.  The stunning new home salvaged much of the existing structure while opening up for day lighting and adding porches for sun protection.

      9.      Kinney remodel, in West Austin, a beautiful minimalist craftsman style home with an oriental influence that exemplifies sustainability at its best. The new design incorporated about half of the existing structure into an exceptional model of day lighting and a spacious, graceful feeling.

      10.  Hood Residence, in West Austin, a luxury dwelling designed to show that rammed earth construction and other green features can be successfully incorporated into a stunning, upscale home. While utilizing the best in passive solar technologies, as well as active solar electric and water heating systems, the home truly shines in its dramatic living spaces.

      11.  McKaskle Residence, in Southwest Austin, a little gem of a home representing the owners’ values of sustainability and self-sufficiency. Thoughtful design maximizes the use of all spaces while creating a spacious feel and focusing on energy reduction by reducing heat gain.


      Kathryn Houser, Executive Director
      Texas Solar Energy Society
      PO Box 1447
      Austin, TX  78767-1447
      512-326-3391 OR 800-465-5049
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