We build homes that eliminate utilities and work with their environment to be self sufficient
  • Energy Efficient Homes

    This is the foundation for our homes. Our smart design process, combined with highly energy efficient components, creates homes that are 60 – 70% more energy efficient than conventionally built homes. Utility bills average $100 per month for 2500 - 3000 sq ft. homes. Features

  • Net Zero Energy Homes

    This is a step up from our Highly Energy Efficient homes. We design and orient the homes to add Photovoltaic Systems (solar panels), which provide all of the power needed for the home. We size the systems according to the size of the homes to achieve net zero energy usage. Features

  • Positive Energy Homes

    This is our main seller. It incorporates the Highly Energy Efficient home and the Net Zero Home while adding Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) and an aerobic septic system. These homes generate their own domestic and wastewater needs on site. This allows the home to be the point source for it's own needs. Features

  • Point Source Homes

    The future of homebuilding is here. In 2010, we started to build positive energy homes. These homes not only generate enough power for their own use, they also supply energy back to the utility company. Remarkably, this type of home building stays within our guidelines of 10-12% increase in cost. We know that the future of homebuilding has arrived when a home can generate its own power, provide additional power for others, and catch/treat all of its own water needs. (More). Features

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Energy Efficient Homes

This is the foundation for our homes. Our smart design process, combined with highly energy efficient components, creates homes that are 60 – 70% more energy efficient than conventionally built homes. Utility bills average $100 per month for 2500 - 3000 sq ft. homes. Features

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Building Tomorrow’s Homes Today

Based in the Texas Hill Country, Sustainable Homes, Inc. is the national leader in building fully sustainable, third party verified homes.  In the last 3 years Sustainable Homes has built over 50% of the highest scoring verified homes (National Association of Home Builders, Green Building Program) in the state of Texas and 10% nationally.

Our latest home (which we call our Point Source Home) has set an even higher standard with features that include, 100% Rainwater Harvesting for all water needs, on-site waste-water, net zero-energy, Geothermal HVAC and we have also increased the (PV) Solar Array to power the owner’s new Electric Vehicle.  Imagine, homes that derive all of their utility need at the home and also power the owner’s vehicle.

We place a strong emphasis on maintaining high indoor air quality and creating the least amount of impact on the environment.  Our mission is to give our clients personal accountability for the future costs of their utilities as well as a quality home that they can enjoy for a lifetime.
Darrel McMaster

“You can always count on American’s to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.”
Winston Churchill 

 

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Water Efficiency/Rainwater Harvesting

For years, water has been overlooked as a precious resource, but recent countrywide droughts have brought attention to the glaring problems of how we manage (or mismanage) this resource. In some areas, cell phone and cable bills are higher than our water bills and we ignore the fact that we are hemorrhaging water – a commodity we cannot live without and cannot replace. Our Point Source Home changes everything.

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Energy
Conservation of Energy

Another part of our Smart Design Process is conservation of energy. This is truly what separates our homes from the other builders. Our homes are designed and built to be 60 – 70% more efficient over conventionally built new homes. It is our 35 years of hands on experience that has shown us that energy conservation far outweighs energy production. You can invest $10,000 in energy conservation steps that will equal what a $30,000 investment in a solar (PV) array can create. We know this is not a popular statement to our solar friends but the truth is conservation of energy always outperforms creation of energy. It isn’t until we have done everything we can to reduce our homes consumption, that we can look to our Solar (PV) array to reach net zero energy usage.

Design
Components and Dimensions

Of all the components and dimensions that go into the building of a Sustainable Home, our experience has shown us that it all starts with thoughtfully considered design. Some of the key design components that we implement are not simply architecture but site orientation, house placement and utilizing passive solar features. We stress conservation of materials, waste management and are concerned with the amount of waste our homes generate. We are also concerned with the distance the materials must travel and the resources it requires to create those materials. These are just a few of the items that go into our Smart Design Process to create a Sustainable Home.