Austin Federal Credit Union
Project type: Commercial
Project size: 0
Cost/sq ft: $217
Completion date: November 01, 2003

Project Goals

Project Description

Project Features


  • Elongated along east-west axis
  • Minimal fenestration on east and west facades
  • Xeriscape plantings designed for shading on the east and west sides of the building


  • On demand water heaters
  • Low flow aerators

Energy & Atmosphere:

  • Daylighting via clerestory windows
  • High efficiency glazing
  • Minimal east-west windows
  • Continuously dimming fluorescent fixtures in response to incoming natural lighting levels
  • High efficiency ceiling fans throughout offices and support areas
  • 15 SEER HVAC systems

Materials & Resources:

  • Recycled content in both general construction materials such as insulation and steel, and finish materials such as carpeting and ceiling tile
  • EnergyStar roofing (Sarnafil white membrane and standing seam metal)

Indoor Environmental Quality:

  • Natural diffused light created by clerestory fenestration and light shelf
  • Low VOC paints

Innovations or Other:

  • Lighting dimming system

Testing/General Results:

Last Updated: 12/30/14
Project Team
The landscaping at AFCU's site is designed so that future large trees will provide a shady walkway and entrance.

North and south facing clerestory windows fill the space with light but don't add heat.

An automatic light dimming system keeps electric light use to a minimum.