A little Sol

“As architects, we have a responsibility to take a longer term view of development and conceptualize more holistic, sustainable models.” — Chris Krager, KRDB

I'm a Sol plan. ©KRDB

I'm a Sol plan. ©KRDB

Architect Chris Krager and his firm KRDB are one of the country’s leading Design/Build practices. We first learned of Chris and KRDB’s noble and ongoing mission to create “extraordinary buildings that are financially accessible” through an episode of Dwell on the Fine Living channel in July of last year. In fact, prior to our discovering Manhattan and Green Bottle Workshop, we’d even considered (and hotly pursued) purchasing the plans for one of their amazing Cedar Avenue homes to build right here in Birmingham (we soooooo owe Chris for his helpfulness and patience).

Recently, KRDB launched a site for its latest project—a green Austin, Texas neighborhood development called Sol.

An acronym for Solutions Oriented Living, Sol is “the first net-zero energy neighborhood of its kind… representing the intersection of affordability, quality design, and environmental responsibility.”

To learn more on this pioneering project, go here (there’s also a Sol blog). And for more of KRDB’s work, you can check out their site here.

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3 Responses to “A little Sol”


  1. 1 Garreth November 12, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I think part of financial accessibility is that the energy outgoings will be less. I wonder which lenders will take this low / no energy bill into account when figuring out the larger amount a buyer can afford with a net zero home.

    Garreth

  2. 2 Ryan Brown November 13, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Neat house & great photos! Thanks for the link.

  3. 3 1133sc November 13, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks Ryan. You’re very welcome.


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