Urban Living: Austin's Newest, Tallest High-Rise is Green

03_11_09_austonian.jpgFrom my office building downtown, it's easy to track the progress of this particular luxury high-rise, soon to be Austin's tallest building. In a city known for its sprawling hill country and wide-open spaces, The Austonian brings a different kind of green opportunity.

Thanks to the builders' foresight, it'll exhibit plenty of green features: from a rainwater harvesting system to maximum-efficiency windows, it's got it all. Read on for more of the building's green features.

According to the Austonian's site, the list of green features is quite extensive:

• Low-VOC adhesives, paints, and sealants
• Minimized heat island effect with green roof features, such as reflective surfaces
• Low-flow toilets and shower heads come standard in the bathrooms
• Heating/cooling is achieved not through traditional power, but by Austin's chilled water system that runs underground.
• Thanks to a rainwater harvesting system, no public water will be needed for landscaping purposes.
• And of course, urban living provides walkable access to anything and everything... Record stores, Whole Foods, coffee shops, music venues, Lady Bird Lake--all those things so important to Austinites--are just a short jaunt away.

So maybe it's not so bad that the view from my office window is a little bit obstructed now--I can definitely appreciate the green initiatives taken by this urban high-rise!