Northwoods at Avery Ranch was designed with the environment in mind. Starting with the essentials, including proper site planning and the conservation of trees, the developers of Northwoods [www.trio-dev.com] carefully planned the community to include natural landscaping, access to nearby mass transit, and last but not least, new homes incorporating green building principles.
The neighborhood was prepared for construction using sustainable practices as well. Natural materials available at the site were used as often as possible; for instance, trees that were removed were ground into mulch for landscaping. Additionally, as roads and the pond were excavated, limestone boulders were unearthed. Working with the City of Austin, the developer gained approval to crush the limestone onsite and to recycle it as road base in the neighborhood.
More than 6,000 native and old-growth trees stand in Northwoods at Avery Ranch, as the result of careful planning. These trees and their delicate roots have been protected with fencing, tree wells, and buffers.
In recognition of the sustainable design of Northwoods at Avery Ranch, the community will receive the first-ever green community recognition from the Home Innovations Research Labs of the National Association of Homebuilders. Additionally, homes will be rated by the Austin Energy Green Building program, a local program comparable to the U.S. Green Building Council LEED program.