Austin Energy says connecting new construction to grid could take up to 10 weeks

AUSTIN (KXAN) — New homes are popping up all over Central Texas, but connecting power to them may take longer than you’d think. Right now, Austin Energy says there is a seven to 10-week wait for power hook ups when construction is involved. Tony Diaz told KXAN, after permits were approved on July 1, it

A new Austin Energy rule aims to keep construction workers safe. It could also make homes harder to build.

In response to the death by electrocution of a construction worker and a subsequent lawsuit, Austin Energy has increased the minimum distance between power lines and new buildings, a regulation the utility says will keep workers safer. A jury in 2019 found Austin Energy guilty of negligence in the death of Jaime Membreno, who was

Austin wildfire codes may require homeowners to build to new standards

Local wildfire experts say new building codes set to protect homes from brush fires will become increasingly more important as new construction on the outskirts of the city encroaches onto wildlands.  Austin’s Wildland-Urban Interface Code, or WUI, a set of rules requiring ignition-resistant materials and landscape requirements for areas most at risk for widespread wildfires, was implemented at

Austin real estate startup Homeward lands $371 million to keep growing

Austin-based Real estate startup Homeward has landed $371 million in funding to grow its business, meet demand and expand into new markets.  Homeward said it has received $136 million in equity funding, led by Norwest Venture Partners and with participation from Blackstone, Austin’s Breyer Capital, along with existing investors Adams Street, Javelin and LiveOak Venture Partners.

Austin housing boom has homebuilders struggling to keep pace, prices soaring

Home construction is booming at a rapid pace across the Austin region — but it’s still not fast enough to keep up with torrid demand, builders and local housing market experts say. Builders started work on a record number of new homes in the Austin area in the first quarter, according to Zonda, a firm that