The Natural Home. Working With What You’ve Got. What is Natural/Green Building? Current Definitions:. Buildings made from natural materials (earth, straw, clay, stone) and/or recycled materials Superinsulated systems (ICFs, AAC, SIPs) Super energy efficient systems
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Working With What You’ve Got
Green Building: A combination of design elements and materials that take into account the impact of a building on its surroundings and inhabitants.
Whole Picture Includes:
Make a list of green values in order of importance to you. Use this list when making decisions about your project.
Plan on $20-$100/sf depending on use of space, + 12-20% contingency
Include funds for special, beautiful elements
Green building has more costs up-front, less cost long-term
Quality Materials: Do-it-once
Alternative Energy? Do your pay-back math.A Green Project Needs a Green Budget