Advice: can’t afford a “building science”/PGH GC for new construction
My family is beginning a new construction project. We’re contacting architects + GCs in the metro area, and getting a really high price-range discrepancy between the local, non-“building science” GCs and the energy-efficient-focused GCs. Local people are saying they can build houses, where depending on the finishes, start at $220-250/sq ft. The cheapest energy efficient GCs say they *start* at $400/sq ft.
I’m mind-blown by this difference. I’m familiar with the work of these local GCs, I’ve been in homes they’ve built and they’re nice custom homes. As far as I can tell (which isn’t a lot), they do nice work and aren’t cutting (too many?) corners.
Anyways, I’m trying to figure out if there’s a way that I can get a building-science-minded architect and give the plans to a local builder that has no experience doing anything more than code requires. I’m scared that we’ll end up with an expensive, leaky, mold hazard, unintentionally rotting home.
If I knew enough about building science, I’d say I can just supervise the project, but I’m too ignorant.
Any advice about PGH type of improvements that can be architected for “normal” GCs to build that will be 1. worth the increase cost, and 2. is something they’d be able to do without investing much time learning about building science?
Edit: I’m located in MA!
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