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Tips for Building a Net Zero House

Today’s tips for sustainable living come from Matt Risinger of Risinger Homes here in Austin, TX. His post features Casa Cuernavaca, which was one of the stops during last year’s AIA Austin Homes Tour.

Tips for Building a Net Zero House

Bluebonnet Studios construction updates

Since mid-summer Forge Craft Architecture + Design designers, Scott Ginder and Jon Hagar, have been spending their Thursday afternoons on the construction site of our latest Foundation Communities project, Bluebonnet Studios. The team is proud to report that the first floor columns are now in place, and SpawGlass will soon start the formwork for the podium. At the end of 2016, Bluebonnet Studios will be home to 107 single adults, including low-wage workers, formerly homeless individuals, veterans, seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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This week Forge Craft staff members attended the SxSW Eco conference, where everyone attended informative lectures on affordability, sustainability, mobility, and more. To see some of the photos we took at the event, check out our updates on Facebook!

Fourth & “Vision” – The Newest Video!

Check out the latest video from Fourth & – the inspired, new mixed-use development focusing on the sustainable lifestyle of living and working in East Austin today.

AIA Austin Luncheon Series – Capital Studios

We invite you to join us for AIA Austin’s Luncheon Speaker Series on September 15! FCAD Founder + Principal Scott Ginder, AIA will join Foundation Communities’ Design + Development Director Sunshine Mathon to discuss Capital Studios as the first affordable housing in downtown Austin in almost a half-century!

Be sure to RSVP through AIA Austin to get your seats! Can’t wait to see you there.

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Bluebonnet Studios Breaks Ground on S. Lamar!

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It doesn’t look like much now, but this spot on South Lamar will eventually be our Bluebonnet Studios community. Bluebonnet Studios will be home to 107 single adults and for many will provide a new beginning in life. Stay tuned for construction updates!

AEGB Featured Case Study: Capital Studios


Congrats to the Capital Studios team, whose dedication to sustainability and energy conservation has landed the project on the home page of Austin Energy Green Building. AEGB recently awarded a 4-Star rating to Foundation Communities for Capital Studios, the first new affordable housing project built in downtown Austin in nearly half a century. The ceremony recognizes the design team’s commitment to prioritizing long-term sustainability, efficient performance and tenant well-being. Debbie Kimberly, Austin Energy Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions, presented the plaque at an early morning public ceremony on Sunday June 7 that kicked-off the Austin’s 19th annual Cool House Tour.

For more information on Capital Studios’ 4-Star rating as well as other featured projects, please check out the AEGB Case Studies Database.

Capital Studios wins at the 2015 Commercial Real Estate Awards!


Eleven new buildings and key real estate transactions were recognized Wednesday evening during the Austin Business Journal’s 2015 Commercial Real Estate Awards gala. Capital Studios was awarded the honor of best Multifamily Development (for Rent):

The local nonprofit Foundation Communities is committed to creating housing in which families can succeed, and Capital Studios is a great example of how it’s living up to its mission. Foundation Communities owns or manages more than 2,100 affordable apartments on 15 properties, but with the new Capital Studios just a block from the Capitol building, this project has got to be high on any resident’s wish-list. The architects at Dick Clark + Associates had quite a time designing a building that was burdened with three Capitol view corridors but they came through in style. Capital Studios welcomed its first residents in December 2014. Construction crews worked under a tight deadline to ensure the project was finished before the year’s end so it could qualify for essential tax breaks. The buyer broker was Matt Mathias of Mathias Partners, and the seller broker was at Tarantino Properties. Spaw Glass, Dick Clark + Associates, TBG Partners, Big Red Dog Engineering, MJ Structures, Gracy Title Company, attorney A. Rick Hightower and financier Enterprise Community Investment Inc. also came to the table.

Many thanks to Austin Business Journal and the Capital Studios team!

Read more about Capital Studios here.

The 23rd Annual Historic Homes Tour is this Saturday!

We are super excited about Preservation Austin’s 23rd Annual Historic Homes Tour this Saturday, May 2! This is your chance to discover six outstanding historic properties representing “Austin Through the Ages.” Together they offer a timeline of Austin’s architecture from the city’s early days through its mid-century roots. The 2015 Tour includes:

– An 1870s “Castle” with amazing views
– A 1910s Craftsman Bungalow
– A 1930s Revival style home featuring salvaged architectural elements from UT’s “Old Main”
– A rare 1940s example of the Art Moderne style
– An elegant 1950s River Road Ranch
– A 1960s mid-century modern gem

Tickets are on sale NOW, so get yours today! And when you attend, make sure to share your experience using ‪#‎atxhomestour‬ on Twitter and Instagram. For more information on each location, check out the link below:


We hope to see you out there!


photo credit @ Preservation Austin


This is our material palette for our new market project coming soon! We encourage all other architects and designers to ‪#‎showusyourpalettes‬ and share your material selections!