Green Building FAQ

Q) Are there any rebates from the government for using reclaimed wood?

All builders and home owners can collect points from Austin Energy by building from reclaimed green products such as:

  • Use of reclaimed/re-used materials, such as doors, hardware, flooring, trim, etc.
  • Use of recycled-content products.
  • Use of local materials/products for major elements of the home. Local is defined as harvested or manufactured within 500 miles.

These ratings can range from 1 to 4 points toward rebates from the City of Austin. It is important to buy materials within 500 miles within Austin to keep the carbon blue-print to a minimum. Visit the Austin Energy Green Rating page for Single-Family Homes for more information. Also see: www.GreenBuilder.com.

Q) What are SFI and FSC Certification?

1) SFI-certified means a minimum of 50% of framing, sheathing or decking material is SFI-certified products or lumber. SFI stands for Sustainable Forest Initiative, and their certification means that the receipient has shown that the raw material in their supply chain comes from legal and responsible sources.
2) FSC-certified means a minimum of 50% of framing, sheathing or decking material is FSC-certified products or lumber. FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council, and their certification means that the recipient is conforming to the highest social and environmental standards on the market in regards to timber and paper products.