Austin project bags 2019 sustainable community award


Whisper Valley has been recognised as the 2019 sustainable community of the year.

Whisper Valley partnered with EcoSmart to develop the smart community.

Houses within the community are smart and connected to maximise efficiency.

The homes are integrated with geothermal, solar generation and heat pump systems to save up to 65% on typical monthly energy consumption.

Each household has a NEST smart thermostat and pre-wired electric vehicle charging station.

In addition, super-fast Google Fiber internet service is part of the smart home package.

The houses produce less carbon way below the adopted City of Austin’s carbon-neutral standard for all new homes.

Each home qualifies for an average Federal Tax Credit of $7,000-10,000, which makes the investment for the home owner even more affordable.

“This community doesn’t just look to the technical side of sustainability. The team took the concept of health and wellness to a higher level,” judges for the Green Builder Media Innovation Awards wrote about Whisper Valley. “They presented health and wellness as an amenity. Highly marketable.”

“What makes the EcoSmart Solution so ground-breaking is that for the first time a real estate developer installed a geothermal infrastructure upfront, and that makes zero-energy capable homes affordable to the average home buyer,” said Lorenz Reibling, Taurus Chairman.

“Whisper Valley is a model for the rest of the nation and internationally. A lot of time, planning and research has gone into this revolutionary approach to development and the result is this sustainable, zero-energy capable community.”

Finalists in the Green Builder Media Innovation Awards were based on several green building criteria, including durability, resource efficiency in manufacture, energy efficiency, use of recycled/renewable materials, water conservation, renewable energy, low impact solution to a problem.