North Peak

Austin, TX United States


Project Description

Award Winners


It’s one thing to design a healthy house, another to have a client use it as a research project for a book. The team and the client, a professor of environmental health at the University of Texas at Austin, surveyed the ingredients of every material specified to make sure it was toxin-free. “Some of the chemicals on our ‘no’ list aren’t required to be published,” says architect Philip Keil. “When companies weren’t forthcoming, we moved on to other products.”

Underpinning the project’s healthy-home scheme are an optimal east-west axis, multiple patios and screened porches, and existing trees that shade the south-facing façade. And among the products that got the green light were Owens Corning EnergyComplete insulation and air sealing, formaldehyde-free Huber Blue sheathing, and CARB-compliant cabinets. Other savvy moves—a geothermal heat pump, energy recovery ventilator, and high-efficiency lighting—lifted the project to an Austin Energy Green Building 5-Star rating. The judges approved, too. “It’s a contemporary take on Texas and creates marvelous outdoor spaces,” one commented.


Project Details

North Peak
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Project Team:
    Furman + Keil Architects, Architect.
  • Builder: Pilgrim Building Co 
  • Verifier: Austin Energy 
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Project Size:
    4,125 sq ft
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Specified Products

Energy: East-West Passive Solar Orientation / Geothermal Heat Pump / Owens Corning With EnergyComplete Air Seal / Prosoco Fluid-Applied Air Seal And Vapor Barrier / LED Interior Lights And Whole-Housing Dimming System

Resources: Locally Sourced Framing Lumber / Interior Beams And Built-Ins Made From Demolished House’s Pine / Berridge High-SRI Standing Seam Metal Roof / Landscaping Reuses Excavated Boulders And Existing Site Walls

IAQ: Urea-Formaldehyde-Free Huber Blue Sheathing /Low-VOC Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain / No-VOC Wall Paints / CARB-Compliant Plywood Cabinets Painted With Low-VOC Benjamin Moore Natura

Water: Toto Dual-Flush Toilets / Austin Green Energy-Approved Native Plants



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