Thinking green has become the new gold standard for green building in Austin, Texas.
Austin Energy's Green Building Program is a market transformation program that provides
technical support to homeowners, architects, designers and builders in the design/construction
of the most sustainable homes and buildings possible including the Mueller project below.
Located just three miles from downtown Austin and two miles from The University of Texas at Austin, an ambitious effort called the Mueller Project is a mixed-use urban development bringing new hope to East Austin.
The Mueller project is perfectly positioned to become an energetic hub for central Austin. The transit-oriented design of this community includes a broad range of homes plus places to shop, dine, jog, bike and play.
It was chosen as the site for the 2009 Austin Parade of Homes presented by the Home Builders Association (HBA) of greater Austin. Mueller residents enjoy a lifestyle full of choices that won't involve getting in their cars. Mueller's parks, trails and open space weave through the community, establishing a native, eco-system that brings outdoor recreation and education options to the residents, neighbors of this Mueller community.
In fact, some 20 percent of the neighborhood is dedicated to parkland and open space, and every resident lives less than 600 feet away from a community green space.
The 711-acre Mueller site, vacated when Austin's airport relocated in 1999, is well on its way to becoming home to approximately 10,000 people, 10,000 permanent employees, and 10,000 construction jobs. Besides the 140 acres dedicated to open space, there will be:
This should become a community "gold standard" that will bring together the efforts of some visionary citizens with extensive goals towards housing and economic planning for Austin.
- 5 miles of new hike and bike paths.
- 4600 single-family, condo or apartment homes.
- A town center with cafes, shops, plazas and live/work spaces.
- Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.
- The University of Texas Medical Research Campus.
- Austin Film Studios.
- Austin Children's Museum. (opening soon)