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Lessons From Our House That Could Be Applied More Affordably

Posted on March 29,2015 by AlexWilson in Alex Wilson

My wife and I tried out a lot of innovative systems and materials in the renovation/rebuild of our Dummerston, Vermont home — some of which added considerably to the project cost. Alas! The induction cooktop that I wrote about last week is just one such example. For me, the house has been a one-time opportunity to gain experience with state-of-the-art products and technologies, some of which are very new to the building industry (like cork insulation, which was expensive both to buy and to install). We spent a lot experimenting with new materials, construction details, and building systems. While we haven’t tallied up all the costs, we think that the house came in at about $250 per square foot.

Making Green Affordable, Part 1

Posted on March 29,2015 by ChrisBriley in affordability

Now that "green" design (usually defined as design that is energy-efficient and environmentally friendly) is arguably in the mainstream, our industry faces a challenge: to bring green design into the realm of affordability. "Affordable," like "green," is a subjective term, and so it makes it difficult to discuss without offending some people (specifically those who are struggling to afford basic shelter for themselves or others; where a donated sink, or 2x4, makes all the difference.) I don't think this article is necessarily for you/them. I should be clear, right up front, that we are mostly talking about very low-energy, high-quality houses. However, all the principles Phil and I discuss, can be applied to any home, of any size and scale. So, join Phil and me as we knock back a cocktail, roll up our shirt sleeves, and discuss our respective approaches to affordable green design. I should also warn you that Phil and I are a bit chatty in the beginning, and if you are the type that likes to get right to the subject matter, and don't care about Phil's discovery of Campari, then you'll want to skip ahead to minute 06:00. For the rest, well, here's to you!

Does Green Building Cost More?

Posted on March 29,2015 by AnnEdminster in cost

Green Building is Better Building, and Better Building is More Expensive. Learning curve certification and better construction details may come at a premium, but the cost will flatten out. The costs of not building green however, will keep going up. When I teach about green building, someone in the audience always asks the inevitable question: "How much does it cost?" After answering this question several gazillion times, I've realized that it boils down to three queries:
1. What does a green rating cost?
2. What's the learning curve?

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