|Whisper Valley bets $2B on sustainable suburbs||Whisper Valley bets $2B on sustainable suburbs||https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=16200||2017-04-04T05:00:00Z||2017-04-04T23:00:00Z|
AUSTIN – A $2 billion sustainable development is going up in East Austin. The quickly coalescing mega-development of Whisper Valley seems perfectly normal.
A handful of finished model homes foreshadow a massive-planned community.
Upon completion, the development will encompass more than 7,500 single and multifamily homes and more than 2 million sf of commercial space.
However, it's not the size or scale that sets this development apart.
With geothermal wells being dug, Google Fiber high-speed internet cables being laid, and solar panels shipped in by the truckload, Whisper Valley offers something new: a sustainable, large-scale, and, most importantly, affordable suburban development.
Though it's not the first large project to focus on green homes, it's the largest and one of the most ambitious, aiming to provide net-zero energy capable homes (which produce as much energy as they use) squarely aimed at the mass market.
|Online news||Austin-Round Rock||Housing|| http://www.curbed.com/2017/3/28/15071304/austin-green-home-suburb-sustainable-development-whisper-valley|
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