EAA recognizes TerraScena as “Aquifer Smart” community

EAA recognizes TerraScena as “Aquifer Smart” community

TerraScena is a new 100% rainwater harvesting community in Dripping Springs. In addition to rainwater harvesting, the community focuses on green building materials and preserved natural green spaces. The Edwards Aquifer Authority has recently recognized TerraScena as an “aquifer smart community.” TerraScena is open on weekends from Noon to 4 PM or by appointment to tour the first of 15 homes.  Sustainable homebuilders, architects, realtors, their clients and the public are invited to explore the development in a Hill Country…

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‘Tiny House Compound’ in Texas Goes Viral as ‘Bestie Row’

‘Tiny House Compound’ in Texas Goes Viral as ‘Bestie Row’

Fred Zipp was an editor of the Austin-American Statesman for 32 years. So when it came time for him and some friends to build a series of vacation homes outside Austin, alongside the Llano River, he was well aware of the conservation and environmental issues facing the region. Zipp, his wife Jodi, and three other couples turned to the “little house movement” that champions smaller living spaces for inspiration. They partnered with Austin-based architect Matt Garcia for a “compound” of…

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GEAA announces low impact development manual

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance has published “Watershed Stewardship for the Edwards Aquifer Region, a Low Impact Development Manual.” The manual was designed for developers, landscape architects, and all of those who live on, or are planning to build over our fragile aquifer recharge areas. Information about techniques that encourage infiltration of clean stormwater on site, and how plantings and landscaping can be used to mitigate stormwater pollution are outlined. Download the manual for free here.

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Watershed Stewardship for the Edwards Aquifer Region, a Low Impact Development Manual

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (GEAA) has announced completion of a helpful low impact development publication. This manual was designed for developers, landscape architects, and all of those who live on, or are planning to build over our fragile aquifer recharge areas. The manual is available for download on the GEAA website.

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Support for Low Impact Development

May 27, 2014 Central Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum. No one doubts that conventional land development impacts our creeks and lakes. Urban land development with buildings, roads, and other impervious surfaces allow less rain to soak into the ground, so the volume of runoff increases while base flow in creeks decreases. Also, urban land uses frequently incorporate rapid drainage of stormwater, and this efficient drainage can contribute to a higher peak flow downstream from a developed site. The problems produced by…

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2013 Low Impact & Sustainable Development

December 19, 2013 Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses. But now, there’s a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are serving as the latest suburban amenity. Read more from NPR. November 13, 2013 National Association of Realtors survey says smart…

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2012 SLow Impact & Sustainable Development News

December 18, 2012 Is smaller mixed-use viable? Developers say size doesn’t matter when you take a local approach Steve Miller didn’t set out to build the first mixed-use development in York County. In 2009 Miller, a managing partner with York-based developer Pritchard & Miller Real Estate Development, was looking to build town homes in York County but was having a hard time finding parcels of land where a town home development was feasible. Read more from the Daily Press. December…

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