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Ray Tonjes, an award winning and nationally recognized custom home builder, industry leader, energy efficiency and green building advocate, has practiced his craft for over 26 years. Ray brings his management experience, communication skills and reputation for fairness and integrity to CDRS in order to serve the industry in a new capacity.

Ray Tonjes is the President and founder of Ray Tonjes Builder, Inc., a homebuilding company based in Austin, Texas which specializes in mainstream, high performance custom homes and renovations.

Ray has been active in the home building industry since 1983 acquiring a thorough knowledge of cutting edge building practices, including the science & technology required to provide his clients a quality product. He is well known within the building industry as reflected by his many leadership positions in local, state, and national home builder associations.

Ray has been a proponent of energy efficient construction since the energy crisis of the 1970's. He was instrumental in the development of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Program, and has addressed both state and congressional legislative members about green building issues. He continues to advocate at all levels for the improvement of energy efficiency and participation in green building programs.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Ray and his wife, Rosemary, made Austin their home following his service as a pilot with the United States Air Force (1971-1977).


● National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
        National Vice President, 2008-2009
        Member, Green Building Task Force, 2008 - 2009
        Member, Green Builder Subcommittee, 1999-2009
        Chairman, Green Builder Subcommittee, 2001-2008
        Chairman, Custom Home Builder Committee, 2003
        Member, Executive Committee, 2003, 2008, 2009
        Life Director, 1996-2009

● Texas Association of Builders (TAB)
        President, 2005
        President Elect, 2004
        Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, 2003
        Co-Chairman, Government Relations Committee, 2002-2003
        Co-Chairman, Building Standards Task Force, 2002-2003
        Chairman, Long Range Planning, 2001
        Chairman, Contracts Task Force, 2000-2001
        Life Director, 2004-2009

● Home Builders Association of Greater Austin (HBAGA)
        President, 1998
        Executive Committee, 1995-1999
        Chair, Custom Builder Council, 1996, 2000
        Steering Committee, 1994-2004
        Member, 1983-2009

● City of Austin
        Member, Green Building Program, 1992-2009
        Member, Energy Efficiency Upgrades Task Force, 2008-2009
        Member, Zero Energy Capable Home 2015 Task Force, 2006-2008
        Chairman, Green Building Task Force, 1999-2001
        Member, Energy Star, 1983-1991

● State of Texas
        Member, Residential Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (HB3070)

● Green Building Initiative (founding member / national non-profit)
        Chairman of the Board, 2005-2009

● Recent Award Recognition
        2009 nominee, The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing
        2008 recipient, Lifetime Achievement in Green Building Advocacy (by NAHB Green Building Awards)
        2008 recipient, Builder of the Year (by TAB)

● Licensed Texas Real Estate Broker, 1983 - present

● Better Business Bureau, 1988 - present