Construction Kicks Off at Taurus Zero-Energy Whisper Valley Project



Builder Online, Nov 15, 2016, by Jennifer Goodmann


Construction Kicks off at Zero-Energy-Ready Texs Development


Two builders break ground on Austin's Whisper Valley; homes will be ready early next year.


Austin, TX - Model home construction is under way at a $2 billion master-planned development in Austin that will be the largest

zero-energy ready housing community in the nation.


The first neighborhood in Whisper Valley, called Whisper Rising, features homes built by Avi Homes and Pacesetter Homes with prices ranging from the upper $100s to $300s. The two builders have begun


construction on about 30 homes ranging in size from 1,200 to 3,100 square feet and are taking reservations for the first 237 homes. Homes will be ready for occupancy early next year.


Located about eight miles east of downtown Austin, Whisper Valley is a 2,062-acre mixed-use development consisting of over 700 acres of open space. Upon completion, clustered "villages" will encompass


7,500 single family and multi-family homes, retail and neighborhood services, restaurants, and commercial development. Each neighborhood is planned with

an innovative thermal energy supply system


designed to save up to 65% on typical monthly energy usage. Solar roof panels or solar fields will then generate enough energy to achieve zero-energy capable homes, says Douglas Gilliland, president of


Taurus of Texas, the project's developer.


"We’ve created a revolutionary approach to developing new home communities in order to offer the latest technology and most energy efficient homes at an amazingly affordable price,” he says. “With this


innovative thermal energy supply system, all of our homes will be capable of achieving the carbon-neutral standard promoted by the City of Austin for all new construction homes.”