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Living in a Green Property in Austin

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  New green home communities and certified green home builders in Austin, TX.

These home have been certified for its green features by the Live Well teams’s eco-broker,

Perry Henderson. Read more at our Austin green home blog.


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Agave Austin, Texas

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agave green home community in East Austin

The sister property of The Villas, Fiore and Sendero Hills. This is considered one of the properties from Nine Sixty Nine development.


Just minutes from downtown, agave is Austin’s premier contemporary residential community. With more than 160 site-specific homes from the city’s most innovative and renowned architects and designers, agave offers an inspiring fusion of cutting-edge green building and affordability.



Austin real estate professional certified to address and encourage the benefits of energy efficiency and green features in homes

Date: 3.01.08

Contact: Tally Ragsdale, The Live Well Team at Prudential Texas Realty, tally@perryhenderson.com


Austin, TX – 3.5.08-- Perry Henderson, of Prudential Texas Realty in Austin has earned the EcoBroker Certified® designation, having successfully completed a unique and informative training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions.  Perry Henderson joins the movement of professionals pushing the real estate market toward energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthier design/features in homes and buildings. 

The “performance home” movement is getting a boost thanks to this type of high quality real estate professional earning the EcoBroker designation.  EcoBrokers®, like Perry Henderson, throughout the country are forging this market and creating competitive advantages for their customers.  With national surveys indicating that 80% of consumers consider themselves “green-minded,” real estate professionals with the EcoBroker designation are in a better position to serve the real estate consumer.  “I’m always looking for the best ways to offer my clients the best value. My EcoBroker training helps me ensure customer satisfaction, my number one priority,” Perry Henderson explains.  “From windows to moisture control to energy savings, I now have more resources at my disposal to help my buyers and sellers make better real estate decisions.  The EcoBroker designation doesn’t make me an energy and environmental expert, but it allows me to better understand the issues and to convey this understanding to my buyers and sellers.”  

EcoBroker International’s education and designation program is designed exclusively for real estate professionals who care about the environment and want to help their clients benefit from the energy-efficiency, “green,” and healthier features of homes and buildings.  EcoBroker provides a complete curriculum of energy and environmental training to licensed real estate agents.  Real estate professionals must complete the extensive EcoBroker curriculum and training and fulfill additional program requirements to become Certified EcoBrokers®.  “Perry Henderson, is an example of the quality real estate professional the EcoBroker designation continues to attract,” explains EcoBroker International’s CEO, Dr. John Beldock.  “These real estate professionals are not only distinguishing themselves in a competitive market place, but they are really giving back to the community in very constructive and meaningful ways.  Austin needs more contributors like Perry Henderson. The planet and our grandchildren need them too,” Dr. Beldock said. 

From his downtown Austin office, Perry Henderson explains, “With EcoBrokerÒ training, I have broadened the range of real estate opportunities I offer my clients.  Whether the transaction involves environmental assessment and mitigation (mold, radon, etc.) or the opportunity to reduce utility bills, I’m in a position to help.  The real estate industry is changing, and to best serve my clients I need to understand the newest designs, technologies, and environmental issues.  My EcoBroker designation helps me stay ahead of the game.”  

Perry Henderson earned his EcoBroker Certified® designation in December and is wasting no time in putting the tools and additional expertise to work. Perry Henderson has already found that being a Certified EcoBroker® creates added value and customer satisfaction that sets him apart from other agents.  For example, at a recent listing presentation, Perry Henderson was able to show the prospective sellers how he can highlight the benefits of the solar power panels can earn Swanee 21 homeowners a monthly check for selling excess energy back to the city. His innovative energy and environmental perspective gave him an edge in winning the listing.  Perry Henderson says he’s looking forward to continuing to positively impacting the quality, durability, comfort, safety, and cost-effectiveness of homes and commercial buildings.

For additional information please contact:                         Tally Ragsdale tally@perryhenderson.com

About Eco-broker International:  EcoBroker International provides a unique energy and environmental curriculum to licensed real estate professionals, leading to the EcoBroker Designation. EcoBroker’s mission is to broaden and improve the base of training and continuing education for real estate professionals and in doing so, encourage improvements to the quality of buildings, while reducing their impact on natural resources and the environment. EcoBroker is a Building America and Built Green Colorado Education Partner; the most successful green-building program in the United States. www.ecobroker.com



> Here are 10 tips for going green from HGTV’s “Living with Ed”

> If you are building a new home, consider these tips by Jenny Allen from Real Simple

> Helpful green resources from EcoBroker


Green Features common in Austin Green Homes


Oak, one of the most popular hardwoods for floors, has a regrowth period of 80 years. Low-maintenance bamboo is beautiful, lasts as long as oak, is even harder, and regenerates in three to five years. It can cost more, and consumers should check out its source and method of manufacture.

Many paints release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that affect the environment of the house, indoors and out, for years. Low- or no-VOC products are commonly available from most major manufacturers, often at comparable prices.

Instead of fiberglass insulation (a composite of mined substances and recycled glass), consider using recycled cotton or cellulose insulation made of at least 80 percent recycled newspaper. Treated for fire- and insect-resistance, it is also a superior insulator, so you need less of it per square inch.

Running Hot and Cold
The average American family spends about $1,300 on utilities each year, 44 percent of it on heating and cooling. You can cut your dependence on the local power company by converting to solar power, an option even in cold northern climates, or by installing a geothermal heating and cooling system, which harnesses the earth's constant temperatures. Initial investments vary widely, depending on geography and other factors, but savings — including state and federal government rebates and credit from surplus energy returned to the regional utility grid — eventually do kick in.

Also try reducing demand: by siting a house on its lot optimally (an east-west orientation is ideal) and using such passive features as well-insulated walls, awnings, louvered shutters, and wide eaves to help prevent heat from building up (and to retain it in winter). According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a well-designed landscape can reduce summer air-conditioning costs by 15 to 50 percent.

Conventional landscaping can exact a high price from the environment in terms of water use and chemical pollution. Sustainable landscaping techniques that emphasize composting, mulching, drought-resistant plants, perennials, and native species encourage bio-diversity and conserve water. For greatest water conservation, install a rainwater-collection system and replace sprinklers with drip irrigation. Visit www.asla.org, the website of the American Society for Landscape Architects, to find a qualified landscape architect.

Structural Methods
Before you lay a new floor or make plans for a deck, consider the source. The United States has already destroyed 95 percent of its old-growth (200- to 250-year-old) forests. Oriented strand board, or OSB, made from fast-growing farmed trees and used for subfloors, can be stronger than plywood sheeting and is cheaper; plastic and composite lumber can often substitute for cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated pine outdoors.
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