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These Luxury Homes In Texas Take The Work Out Of Going Green

By Nicole Caldwell

A Texan engineer-turned-realtor is wrapping up work on a model home that he says will be completely self-sufficient and maintenance-free, the Dallas News reports. Jimmy Tanghongs said he seeks to sell homes that never need to be painted, won’t require any roof repairs, and come with zero electric bills. The model home he is almost done building is 3,600 square feet and was created from limestone blocks in what he calls a “Texas modern” style with four bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

Tanghongs grew up in Irving, Texas, the son of first-generation Thai immigrants. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, and worked in the corporate world for almost a decade. Then he began investing in rental homes, which he renovated and turned over for a profit. 

Studying the inefficiencies of older homes and seeing a void in the housing market for buildings that didn’t take a toll on the planet, Tanghongs saw an opportunity. His experiences inspired him to apply his research and development background to create a building company that could design homes for people that would be carbon-positive, healthy, and green.