At Build NATiVE, we take a holistic approach to green homebuilding—considering all the factors that go into the design and construction of a sustainable, eco-friendly home. We build homes in Austin and the Texas Hill Country, and we take pride in embracing sustainable practices that protect and preserve this beautiful part of the state. 

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Build NATiVE homes combine the best of modern luxury with net-zero features. Our custom homes are packed full of money-saving features, most of whichinclude solar power and PV panels, high-efficiency heating and cooling, potable rainwater harvesting, standing seam metal roofs, advanced framing with full envelope spray foam insulation and energy-efficient windows.

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Lenape Cove

Building Envelope Systems

A tight building envelope is essential in green home construction, minimizing energy loss and enhancing efficiency. Achieved through advanced framing techniques or alternative Technologies like insulated concrete forms (ICF), a tight envelope prevents air leakage, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling. This not only optimizes energy consumption

but also improves indoor air quality. The result is a sustainable home that lowers utility costs, minimizes environmental impact and provides a comfortable living space.

Spray Foam Insulation

Building in and around Austin means that insulation from the intense heat and short but freezing winters is particularly important. As a sustainable custom homebuilder, we frequently use spray foam as the best method of achieving a high-performance thermal building envelope. 

Spray foam is the most cost-effective insulating material for residential use. It seals your home from air and moisture intrusion, saves on utility bills, reduces pest infestations in walls and protects your family from airborne pollutants and allergens. It also reduces HVAC sizing requirements, maintenance, and wear.

Geronimo

Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient windows are crucial for building an eco-friendly home as they minimize heat transfer, reducing the need for heating and cooling. By providing effective insulation, these windows enhance energy conservation, lowering utility costs and decreasing a home’s carbon footprint. The use of advanced technologies like double glazing and low-emissivity coatings helps maintain comfortable indoor temperatures, promoting sustainability and environmental responsibility in construction practices.

High-Efficiency HVAC Systems

Due to the reduced price of solar, we have found that it is now more cost effective to install a high-efficiency air source heat pump with a little more solar to achieve the same result: No electric bill. There are still applications in which geothermal power is an excellent option for our green home building customers, and we continue to offer it as an option for our homes.

Lost Creek
Burnet

Rainwater Collection System

Water conservation and development of water supplies is crucial for meeting the growing demand for clean water. Rainwater collection (harvesting) is an innovative alternative water supply approach that captures, diverts and stores rainwater for later use. This stored rainwater can be used as the primary potable water supply for a home after it passes through a filtration and purification process. Drinking water supplied from a rainwater harvesting system is typically a higher quality water than water supplied by municipality or water well due to the absence of fluoride, chemicals and a variety of hard minerals. The majority of our homes have rainwater systems that supply 100% of the home’s water demand.

Air Source Heat Pumps

For moderate climates like Texas, heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to traditional HVAC systems. Similar to refrigerators, they use electricity to transfer heat between indoor and outdoor spaces, providing both heating and cooling. Unlike conventional appliances, heat pumps move heat instead of generating it, resulting in up to 75% cost savings. The most common type is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between your house and the outside air. If you use electricity for heating, a heat pump can reduce consumption by 30-40%, and high-efficiency models also enhance dehumidification for increased cooling comfort in summer.

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Auston Geothermal Systems

Geothermal Heat Pumps

In Texas, the earth’s surface experiences extreme temperatures, but just six feet below the surface, the temperature remains a consistent 70 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Geothermal power capitalizes on this stability for efficient heat exchange. Through vertically

drilled wells with special water-filled piping, a geothermal compressor facilitates heat exchange in homes. The proximity of indoor temperature to the ground or air, the media of heat exchange, directly influences efficiency.

Solar Power & Batteries

Solar power technology has been around for about 70 years. However, it wasn’t until the last decade or so that the cost of producing energy with solar panels reached parity with non-renewable energy sources. Batteries have also seen major development and now have significantly higher capacity and output than those produced just a year ago. It’s now possible to power your entire home by solar and have a battery-powered backup system in case the Texas power grid is interrupted.

Power Your Home with Solar Panels

Where We Build

Austin Area

  • Austin
  • Bee Cave
  • Cedar Park
  • Georgetown
  • Lake Travis
  • Lakeway
  • Pflugerville
  • Round Rock
  • West Lake Hills

Central Texas

  • Bastrop
  • Buda
  • Burnet
  • Elgin
  • Kyle
  • Lago Vista
  • Leander
  • San Marcos
  • Spicewood

Hill Country

  • Blanco
  • Driftwood
  • Dripping Springs
  • Fredericksburg
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Kerrville
  • Lake LBJ
  • Marble Falls
  • Wimberley

San Antonio

  • San Antonio
  • Boerne
  • Bulverde
  • Canyon Lake
  • Fair Oaks Ranch
  • Helotes
  • Leon Springs
  • New Braunfels
  • Spring Branch
Our Vineyard Ridge home was Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s 2015 winner of the Best Energy-Smart Home.
A sustainable home features site specific design; solar power; durable construction and materials; rainwater collection and harvesting; high efficiency heating and cooling; chemical free finishes; Energy Star appliances; an advanced thermal envelope, and fresh air filtration. A sustainable home is a Build NATiVE home.