When evaluating systems to incorporate into your green home, it is easy to get caught up in direct cost comparisons of similar products. For instance, it is easy to compare the costs of an 80% and 90% efficient gas furnace. There are up-front costs, and then there are operating costs. Even though the 90% furnace will undoubtedly cost less in the long run, the extra up-front costs can often be disillusioning.
A holistic look at the home as a system can help a builder bear those costs in the budget by reducing costs with additional strategies. Here’s a quick-fire way to actually reduce construction costs while simultaneously improving the energy efficiency of a home: Continue reading