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Hybrid cars and organic foods often cost more, so green building projects must be more expensive than conventional construction, right? Not necessarily.
Some green building options do cost more upfront, but save money over time through reduced heating, cooling, water and maintenance costs. And some green building options just cost less right from the beginning.
If you want the "just costs less right now" option, start with recycled materials and Resource-Efficient Design and Construction practices. Save now.
[IMAGE: This Texas home by Energy Smart Solutions was built with insulated concrete forms to speed construction.]
"Using ICFs, an experienced crew can assemble the same wall in a shorter amount of time," says co-founder Ann Crocker. "Time saved is profit earned."
Many green building products and services cost more than the conventional alternative--but only if you don't look past the purchase price. Homeowners can recoup that cost and more from green practices that lower operating costs. Builders have tax incentives for their homes to meet certain energy efficiency standards--and distinguish themselves from the vast number of conventional builders that don't speak green. Tax credits are available to homebuyers, too. Save later.
Content updated on 12/31/2007
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