Project Description

Trail Driver – Austin, Texas

The Trail Driver Project is a 2,200 square foot Net Zero, Austin Energy Green Building 5 Star Rated Home which is featured on the 2012 Austin Home Builder Association Tour of Homes. This project incorporates passive solar design, large overhangs, spray foam envelope insulation, galvalaume metal roofing, cupola with active windows and heat chimney, high performance windows, 6kw solar array, geothermal heating and cooling with hot water recovery, Energy Recovery Ventilator, 3,000 gallon rainwater collection system for irrigation, Energy Star appliances, dual flush toilets, locally harvested stone and 100% masonry exterior.

“From the day we moved in until now, 5 years later, my husband and I are totally satisfied with our Native home. It was a bit of a dream come true. We had worked for several years trying to figure out how to have an affordable energy efficient home but it wasn’t until we discovered Native that it all came together. Our solar power system works seamlessly with our HVAC system. The home is incredibly well-insulated. It is big enough but not too big. And when the electric bill comes we look at each other and just smile.

Our home great looking as well; all Native homes are! The Native team is a great group of intelligent and well-trained individuals who work for and with clients, the end product being complete satisfaction. I don’t believe we could be more pleased.” -Deborah

  • GeoThermal
  • Locally harvested stone
  • Solar panels
  • Advanced framing
  • Natural day lighting
  • Solid wood cabinetry
  • Humidistat
  • Large overhangs
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Native landscaping
  • Metal roof
  • Spray foam insulation
  • Solid surface flooring
  • Water-based paints
  • Energy star appliances
  • Rainwater collection