House of Earth + Light


Location: Texas
Architect: Overland Partners
Size: 8,000 sf
Scope of Services: New Construction
Services: MEP/FP Design
Energy Modeling
High Performance Building Design
Sustainable Features: Net Zero ready
Austin Energy Green Building Rating System (AEGB)
Solar PV
Energy recovery
Electric vehicle charging stations
Rain water harvesting

This Net Zero ready, energy efficient vacation home sits atop a hill overlooking a golf and ranch club. The house integrates inside and outside areas through multiple indoor/outdoor rooms with mesh screens, opening walls, bifold, and pivot doors. Light wells flood the interior with sunlight through shaped skylights and roof oculus openings. The master bathroom incorporates an outdoor garden. Multiple water features include pool, hot tub, cold plunge, reflecting pools, and waterfall edges.

This house follows High Performance Building Design guidelines and energy modeling based on the Austin Energy Green Building Rating System (AEGB).
Sustainable elements include:
Use of earthen materials and rammed earth construction
Solar PV with battery backup
Energy recovery
Electric charging station
Rain water harvesting and reuse for irrigation
Landscaping inherent to the local climate
Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) for heating and cooling
Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) allows fresh air into the house while retaining the temperature of the interior air