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Aura Thirty2 Exterior

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Welcome to the newest and best community in close proximity to UT Austin, convenient access to I-35, and strategically located to maximize access to nearby attractions or feel comfortable staying-in. We are proud to be able to provide our residents with modern and efficient facilities and we hope you are as excited about living in them.

This community has been designed and built under the 2016 Austin Energy Green Building Multifamily Rating. Below are green features of the building as well as ways that you can utilize the building to enhance the sustainable nature of the facility.

Recycling: Recycling is an easy way to contribute to minimizing the proliferation of waste and growth of landfills. Aura Thirty2 encourages residents to separate recyclables from other trash and deposit the recyclables in the designated recycling chutes on each floor or the main Refuse collection area the first floor of the parking garage. If you have any questions please contact the leasing office, at 512-764-5005. The current recycling program accepts the following items:

- Mixed Paper

  • Newspaper/magazines
  • Home office paper
  • Junk mail/envelopes
  • Catalogs
  • Cardboard (break down and flatten)

- Plastic

  • Plastic soda/water bottles
  • Plastic milk jugs
  • Plastic food containers (with food particles washed off)
  • Rigid plastic items (#1 thru #7)

- Metals

  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin/Steel cans

- Glass

  • Glass bottles

Bulb and Battery Recycling

Your community has a recycling station for batteries and fluorescent bulbs located at the leasing office. Batteries accepted include alkaline, nickel cadmium (Nicad), rechargeable, watch, camera, cell phone, laptop and other similar batteries.

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Transportation Options:

The following alternative transportation options are available.

Exterior bicycle racks are provided around the site in addition to over 100 secured bike spaces for resident access only in the parking garage storage rooms. Residents are encouraged to make use of the wide array of bike lanes and trails provided by the City of Austin. A map of the bike routes is available at most local bike shops or route you trip online at Austin Bicycle Route Map.
Additionally, north, and southbound bus stops are available within walking distance for residents to use for longer trips around the city.

  • Red River and 32nd (rt 10, 171)
  • Red River and Harris (rt 10)
  • Red River and Dean Keeton St (rt 10, 171, 20)

Go to www.capmetro.org for current routes and schedules.

UT Shuttles are available most days to facilitate trips to and from campus with access along Dean Keeton St.
Alternative Transportation Service Apps:

  • Car share: Car2Go, ZipCar
  • Rideshare: RideAustin, Carma
  • Ride Sourcing: RideGuru, Uber, Lyft
  • Taxi hailing: Curb, Flywheel
  • Real-time Transit Information: Moovit
  • Bike-sharing: B-Cycle

There are also several rental options for scooters, mopeds, and bikes throughout Austin.

Walkable Resources

Additionally, residents will find that a wide variety of resources are available on foot. Refer to the list below for some nearby amenities:
 

St David's Medical Center 0.1 mi
Esuelita Del Alma 0.1 mi
Pediatric Cardiology of Austin 0.1 mi
Star Seeds Café 0.1 mi
Lisa DeLong Law Office 0.1 mi
Jimmy John's 0.2 mi
Red River Market 0.2 mi
Austin's Hababi <0.1 mi
Yoshi Ramen Austin <0.1 mi
St Paul Lutheran Church 0.2 mi
Aqua Dental 0.2 mi
Texas State Alliance of YMCAs 0.2 mi

Green Building Features

Below are some of the components that contribute to the energy savings and additional ways that tenants can use the components to save even more energy.

HVAC (Air Conditioning/Heating)

An HVAC system with a minimum efficiency of 14 SEER has been provided for each apartment, meaning that every apartment has individual control over their environment. Additionally, every apartment has a 7-day programmable thermostat.

  • Be sure to adjust the thermostat settings if your unit will be vacant during vacations, holidays, etc.
  • To save energy in the winter, wear a sweater instead of turning up the heat. In the summer, it is recommended to use the ceiling fan before turning down the temperature.
  • The thermostats are pre-programmed to follow the Energy Star recommended schedule:

Lighting

Most of the apartment and common areas utilize high efficiency LED lighting.

  • Residents are encouraged to create additional energy savings by turning off lights in any room that is not immediately occupied. Turning off lights regularly can save 8%-20% on lighting energy consumption.
  • Keep lights clean. Why? Dust can cut a bulb’s light output by 25%.
  • Disposing CFLs. Like paint, batteries, and other household chemicals, CFLs should be disposed of properly. DO NOT THROW AWAY IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD TRASH. Ask the property manager where the battery and bulb disposal station are located onsite, or deposit at a hazardous waste facility in your community or at stores that sell bulbs, such as Home Depot, IKEA, etc.

Ceiling Fans

Every apartment has Energy Star ceiling fans in the living room and bedrooms. During the summer, ceiling fans provide air movement that creates a feeling of as much as a 5-degree temperature drop and reducing the need for more cooling from the air conditioning system. During the winter, the ceiling fans can be switched to run in reverse pushing air up against the ceiling which pushes the hot air at the top of the room down to the occupied level and reducing the need for heating from the HVAC system.
Residents are encouraged to manage energy consumption by running ceiling fans in immediately occupied rooms and to setting thermostats to the Energy Star recommended temperatures. Do not forget to turn the ceiling fans off when leaving any room.

Appliances

The following appliances in each living unit are Energy Star rated for energy efficiency and/or low-water use, including the ceiling fans, washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Tenants can reduce energy and water usage with the following tips:

  • Remember to only run washing machines/dryers and dishwashers with full loads. Partial loads, even with adjusted settings, wastewater and electricity.
  • Wash laundry with cold water, instead of hot. Hot water is only necessary for very dirty laundry.
  • Keep refrigerators set at the minimum setting necessary to maintain the proper temperature for food storage. Keep your fridge between 36 and 38degrees F. Set your freezer between 0 and 5 degrees F.
  • Limit opening of the doors and avoid leaving the doors open longer than a few seconds. It is better to open the door multiple times than to leave it opened for an extended period.
  • Keep the freezer full. It works more efficiently full than empty.
  • Use the air-dry option on dishwashers.
  • Scrape dishes instead of pre-rinsing them. New dishwashers can clean even heavily soiled dishes without pre-rinsing them.
  • Use microwaves and crock pots to cook small meals.
  • Keep the inside of your microwave clean. It improves the efficiency of your microwave.
  • Use lids when cooking. They keep steam in and help food cook more quickly, which saves energy

Water

The design of the overall building includes water savings that equates to using more than 25% less water than the City of Austin requires. Below are some of the components that contribute to the water-use savings and additional ways that tenants can use the components to save even more water.

Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures

  • Low-flow fixtures are installed and are designed to use less water and be equally functional. Residents shall refrain from replacing these fixtures.
  • Take short showers. Why? They use less water than baths. Did you know that you pay twice for water? You pay one bill for the cost of the water itself. Then you pay a second bill for the cost of heating the water.
  • Report Leaks. A dripping faucet can cost over $10 a month and a leaky toilet flapper can also add up fast.

Vapor Barriers: Please refrain from installing vapor barriers, such as wall paper, on exterior walls to prevent mold growth.

Monitor Your Energy Usage: Did you know Austin Energy has a tiered rate structure? The more you consume, the higher (more expensive) the rate tiers are that are used to calculate your bill. This tiered rate structure is designed to encourage energy conservation. The less you use, the cheaper your power becomes! Austin Energy has a free app that allows you to monitor your usage and set up alerts to let you know when you may be entering a new rate tier online. Follow the link below to register and for more information.

https://austinenergyapp.com:8444/

Indoor Air Quality: Materials have been carefully selected throughout the building with beneficial indoor air quality in mind. Products used within the building were chosen specifically to ensure that the fumes/off-gassing is minimal to non-existent to provide the highest level of indoor air quality. Some examples include low Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) paints, coatings, sealants and adhesives; insulation, composite wood, and agrifiber products emitting low/no formaldehyde; gypsum, celling, and wall systems complying with strict California Department of Health Standards; sustainably certified flooring systems with reduced emissions; and quality air filters which are used with the heating/cooling equipment in the dwelling units to filter out dust and particles from the airstream.

Each living unit is equipped with a ventilation hood over the range/cooktop as well as a ventilation fan in each bathroom and are ducted directly to the exterior of the building.

Residents should utilize the ventilation hood any time the range/cooktop is used to exhaust heat directly to the exterior and reduce the load on the air conditioning system. Additionally, the hood will exhaust smoke directly to the exterior improving the indoor air quality of the apartment. Be sure to turn the hood off at the same time as the range/cooktop.
Residents should utilize the ventilation fan in the bathroom anytime the shower is used to exhaust heat and humidity directly to the exterior and reduce the load on the air conditioning system as well as minimizing humidity damage within the apartment.

Sustainable Building Materials: Aura Thirty2 utilizes materials that help conserve building energy and/or are sustainably sourced to minimize our impact on the environment.

High performance walls and windows work to maintain the building areas at comfortable temperatures for residents throughout the year without as much strain on the building heating and cooling systems. Certain materials, including Gypsum and Wood Cabinets, have been selected because they are extracted/manufactured locally in Texas. Cabinets and doors/trim are made of wood that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified.

Landscape: The landscape has carefully been designed to incorporate native plants to reduce irrigation water necessary to maintain the property. Condensate water is being collected from the mechanical systems to also use for landscape watering, reducing the demand for potable water to water the plants.

Beneficial Open Spaces have been included in the pool areas and numerous outdoor gathering spots around the building that should be pleasant areas for residents and visitors to spent time in throughout the year.

Car Parking: The stacked parking garage functions to reduce the building footprint and impact on the terrain. It also reduces the heat island effect associated with the property by minimizing the exposed parking area and utilizing a high Solar Reflectance Index for the coating on the top level of parking.

Also, Aura Thirty2 is pleased to provide 4 Electric Vehicle charging stations conveniently located in the garage. The property is even intentionally sized to allow for as many as 18 additional future EV charging stations.

Bike Parking: Exterior bicycle racks are provided around the site, in addition to 4 secured bike storage rooms with hanging bike hooks for over 100 bike capacity total. These secured bike rooms, on levels 1-4 of the parking garage, are accessible to residents via the key fob. In the first floor bike storage room, a bike tune-up station is also provided for resident use.

Petiquette: You must clean up after your pets. Bag/trash stations are provided for the dog run for your convenience. City ordinance requires you to clean up after your pet and to keep dogs on leashes.

Smoking: Please note that this site is a smoke-free facility. Please respect the Non-smoking policy and abide-by the no-smoking signage in place inside and outside the buildings.

Site Lighting: Aura Thirty2 has been designed to minimize lighting pollution and light trespass into neighboring areas while maintaining a safe amount of lighting where necessary on the site. This is considerate to adjacent areas so night activities such as star viewing will not be impeded, and it is also beneficent to the environment since too much light into the night sky can have dramatic effects on nocturnal animals.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan: Available to Residents upon request.

Practice Good Housekeeping: Deter insects by practicing good housekeeping. Keep windows and doors closed, and keep food and water in tightly sealed containers. Please avoid leaving open containers on balconies and patios that might inadvertently collect rainwater, as good practice to reduce the mosquito populations.

For more information about how this building participates in Green Housekeeping methods, as well as tips for residents, reach out to the front desk at the Leasing office. The staff at Aura Thirty2 values your well-being. Should any issues with indoor air quality be detected, the Environmental Complaint Forms Procedure and an Indoor Air Quality Complaint Form can also be found at the Leasing office.

Aura Thirty2 is committed to providing educational information on green cleaning practices and making this policy available to them as guidelines via newsletter/ brochure and a continuously running educational video in the lounge.

New residents are also provided a list of Green Seal TM Certified Household Cleaners (GS-08) or environmentally preferable products as per green seal TM Environmental Standards in the Move-In Package

Design and Construction: The building’s design professionals worked closely together to achieve sustainable goals throughout design and construction. Aura Thirty2 even incorporated sustainable practices into the construction process. Nearly 70% of the construction waste from the project was recycled and diverted from the landfill.

Accessibility: All bathtubs, door handles, and plumbing faucets in the dwelling units have been designed or selected with accessibility for residents in mind. Also, Aura Thirty2 is pleased to offer a 24/7 Business Lounge with free internet access available to all residents.

Housekeeping and Green Cleaning: Cleaning your space is important because it helps remove harmful contaminants, such as mold and bacteria and reduces the likelihood of attracting pests. However, many conventional cleaning products can also cause health problems. The use of toxic cleaning products can be a particular problem for people who have health conditions such as asthma, allergies, chemical sensitivities, or weak immune systems. Particularly vulnerable populations are small children, pregnant women, the elderly, and the infirm. Some cleaning products can cause headaches, dizziness, skin irritation, respiratory irritation and asthma, eye irritation or worse; some contain cancer-causing substances, reproductive toxins, central nervous system toxins, and endocrine system/hormone disruptors.

Fortunately, many alternative and truly non-toxic cleaning products are now available. You can find that some good, inexpensive products aren’t even located in the cleaning products aisle at the store. Some very basic and multi-purpose household substances can be used as safe and effective alternative cleaning solutions for most household cleaning jobs; these substances include baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice, and salt; as well as hydrogen peroxide and borax. Borax and baking soda are especially versatile products that can be used for a variety of purposes. For example, baking soda can clean and deodorize all kitchen/breakroom and bathroom surfaces (just dissolve a few tablespoons in some warm water, or use the baking soda directly on a damp sponge). A combination of baking soda, hot water, and vinegar can clear drains. Borax, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide can all help remove stains and mildew. Alternatively, using a mild soap (like dishwashing detergent or a liquid/Castile soap) with some water will clean most surfaces adequately. Also, combining equal parts liquid dishwashing detergent and white vinegar yields a particularly helpful soapscum cleaner.

If you’re selecting a more conventional cleaning product from the cleaning products aisle, look for products that are labeled as non-toxic, low VOC or zero VOC, and/or biodegradable. Also, look for unscented products (some people are allergic to certain fragrances) and products with recyclable packaging/containers. However, be aware that many products currently on the market are jumping on the bandwagon “green” but are actually not much different than conventional. As with all things, it is important to be a mindful consumer.

Green Building Educational Outreach: Additionally, Aura Thirty2 welcomes guests and residents to tour the facility to learn about all the green features associated with this high-performance property. Please contact the Leasing Office for further information.