Someone should also point out that Green has a two fold meaning, its not cheap to live green. Solar panels alone cost around 20k! You will pay a premium to live in an eco-friendly home, but your monthly utiltiy bills will be lower along with your ecological footprint.
At any rate, this might be a great place to start.
I just wanted to follow up and mention a new Green project in south Austin. Its called Verde Homes and is just east of Brodie Lane and Davis. The homes are very "green" and have rainwater collection, passive solar features, hi efficiency HVAC, and rainwater collection. You may follow this link to check out their FaceBook page. If your interested I would be happy to assist you.
Betin Foreman- Realtor, C.N.E.
Austin Home Girls Realty
1601 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78703
You can find homes that are not listed for sale with the MLS on http://www.DwellGo.com. You can create your own search criteria and add green or green built to the features you want. Today there are 565 properties listed in the Austin metro area. I found several tht are 'green'. If you are interested in leaving the Far West area, call me and I can hlep you find the home that is the right shade of 'green' for you!
I suggest you place a Buyer Profile on Dwellgo.com, identify the geograghic area(s) you are looking in and in the comments box address your desire for green. There are +/-130 unlisted properties on Dwellgo.com as of today. No promises but I remember there were at least 2Green builders on the system building in 78723, 78721, 78722, 78704..................Good Luck!
Near the commuter rail lines, one community is Macmora (near the upcoming Braker/ Burnet commuter rail stop). Its a new development, fairly reasonable, but more of the craftsman style. The area along Burnet there has also been rezoned for vertical mixed use (ie. a second 'downtown').
Low footprint wise, you might want to look at the higher density option of townhomes/condo's and hunt for key words like " energy audit" "energy efficiency" double pane windows metal roof etc. I get reports every day, I'll let you know if I see one that fits what you're looking for.
I do know of a condo coming on the market next year- its S. Austin but on bus lines to downtown/UT. Current owners bus to work every day. It has been upgraded green to the max.
By the way- what is the affordability range you are looking for?
My personal view of green building are that they are luxuy items that pay for themselves and are environmentally friendly.
Try the Belair. http://www.thebelair.com as the 969 product (agave and fiore) has lots of issues with construction timelines and quality control.
Green building is a vague, unregulated term which usually means that the builder (or owner) has adjusted the home to be more energy-efficient that normal and to use the environment in a positive way (ie, using trees to shade during the summer, or capturing passive solar energy for winter heating). Another answer stated that solar panels are quite expensive but that doesn't keep in mind the energy savings over the life of the panels. Most energy-efficient modifications start showing savings fairly rapidly. Some studies show that consumers consider energy and the environment to be a consideration close to 90% of the time when purchasing, so we will be seeing more of this.
(I am a certified EcoBroker, which means I have additional training in these issues; which has been a real treat. Please go to http://www.Ecobroker.com for more information.)
Also, to answer your original question, there are new communities going up in Georgetown and Buda. The company's name is "Green Builders". They are on Bee Caves in West Lake. (No, I do not work for them! I just learned about these communities.) Houses are similar to Agave, mentioned previously.
Kimberly White Erlinger
Here is the city's description of smart housing:
The S.M.A.R.T.HousingTM (Safe, Mixed-income, Accessible, Reasonably-priced, Transit-oriented) policy initiative is designed to stimulate the production of affordable housing for low and moderate income residents of Austin. S.M.A.R.T. HousingTM meets the Cityâ€™s Green Building standards and is located in neighborhoods throughout the City of Austin.