Improving the planet and our homes

Improving the planet and our homes

Posted By Greater Austin Chamber | Dec 27, 2017
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TreeHouse wins Greater Austin Business Award for environmental efforts to make Central Texas homes more sustainable and healthy

The places that we call our safe havens expose us to the most toxins in our lifetime. Our homes consume the most natural resources including water, energy, and produce the most landfill waste. 

One local eco-friendly home upgrade company, TreeHouse, plans to change this. Earlier this year, the company opened its second store proving to be the world’s first energy-positive-big-box store that produces more energy than it consumes. The company is one of four approved retailers in the Central Texas region that participates in the City of Austin’s rebate program.

“At TreeHouse we practice what we preach,” said Jason Ballard, Co-founder of TreeHouse. “We don’t just want to build smarter homes; we want to build smarter homeowners. That’s why we strive to provide everyone the best products and services while drastically reducing our imprint on the planet.”

TreeHouse won the Brookfield Environmental Friendly Award. The accolade – a category of the Greater Austin Business Awards program – recognizes businesses that demonstrate a commitment to environmentally sound practices.

Each year, TreeHouse adds hundreds of kilowatts in electrical power due to solar panels, over 50,000 gallons of reused rainwater, and over 1,000 gallons of zero-VOC paints in Central Texas homes. TreeHouse also offers free classes each month to help residents learn the basics of home solar power, composting, and rainwater harvesting.

TreeHouse will open its third retail store in Plano, TX on January 18, 2018. TreeHouse recently launched an exclusive collaboration with Nest to offer full-service consultation and one-day installation service for Nest’s new suite of smart home products in Dallas/Fort Worth, Plano and Austin areas.

For more information on TreeHouse, visit their website here

Pictured (left to right): Ellen Wood, Chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce; Justin Murrill, Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility of AMD; Hal Roberts of Lettuce Networks; Yogesh Sharma of Lettuce Networks; Bob Gregory, Co-Owner, President, and CEO of Texas Disposal Systems; Phyllis Snodgrass, CEO of Austin Habitat for Humanity; Amanda Castroverde of TreeHouse; TreeHouse team;  Rachel Podhorn of Treehouse; and Jessica King of Brookfield Residential.

Photo Credit: @TreeHouseATX

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The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce focuses on how the Austin Region works. We serve as the voice of business for 2,800 organizations representing a combined workforce of about 330,000 employees throughout Central Texas. Our mission is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for members.