North Peak House
At the edge of a residential neighborhood, the house is situated between sloping woodlands to the south and an open field to the north. The homeowners are both professors at the University of Texas, one of whom teaches environmental health economics. This house became a laboratory for her research; each material used in construction was scrutinized by the design team for its contribution to indoor air quality and environmental health. The resultant product goes above and beyond common green building practice to become a “healthy house”, not just a green house (the house has received a five-star Austin Energy Green Building rating).