A “smart” community is one that consciously leverages renewable technology and energy-efficient measures to transform life in significant, fundamental ways. From GEM’s perspective, upgrading communities provides a viable platform for improving regional energy reductions. We are dedicated to supporting people at the neighborhood level in achieving high-building performance, faster debt reduction and improved property values. Smart Grid and renewable technology applications are advancing to provide solutions for antiquated utility grid systems. Supporting innovative, high-performance buildings is critical to the evolution of the smart grid deployment. Without mass-market adoption of energy reductions in building methods, smart-grid infrastructure cannot have a significant impact. That means most, if not all, of our existing buildings need to be upgraded for optimal performance to occur over the next decades. Why not start today?

Why Form a Smart Community?

By working together at the community level, people can potentially take advantage of green assets and property value increases that offset infrastructure, equipment costs and loan payments. They can also receive discounts for mass product deployment on purchases, which makes upgrades more affordable. Homeowners in smart communities can enjoy greater energy and financial freedom as well as offsets on their association fees. Some may even be able to plan and implement electric vehicle energy generation. Tax credits and rebates, energy savings and other incentives add tremendous value in offsetting costs and funding requirements.


TerraScena is an eco-visionary development on 30 acres with 14 homesites and includes 8.8 acres of natural habitat located 5 miles north of the middle of Dripping Springs, TX.

The developer’s goals:

 Modeling the use of rainwater harvesting as the sole source of water after seeing the impact of growth reaching out from Austin into the Hill Country.

TerraScena was invited to part of a study funded by the Texas Water Development Board and directed by the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University.

Creating a community for quality homes built for reduced energy usage through sustainable smart construction techniques.

Protecting an area for natural habitat and trails was a major impetus for this project.  For years it was my hope to protect the land or find a solution for its use that would honor its history.

To find out more about developing your Smart Community, have your homeowner association (HOA) or neighborhood association, contact us today.

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