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Going Green On a Budget

Case study of strategies to save money while building a green home.

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Residential greening in 2007 could cost as much as 4 times traditional techniques if you don't manage the finances, according to an interior designer in Los Angeles. That was a scary time! But times are changing, and green design for residential building is exploding with cost effective techniques and technologies.

However, that's the case with most innovation. Prototypes without management are always expensive! The core wisdom here involves making smart choices.

If you search the Web for case studies about green building, you'll find a wide variety of new materials -- and new uses for old materials. You'll find DIY strategies...and design strategies. One such article that stood out in the ether of folk wisdom is found at the GreenHomeGuide. "Going Green On A Budget" is worth savoring for its practical wisdom.

Some of the practical tips offered to save money while greening a home include:

  • Sweat equity -- do it yourself when possible.
  • Choose the right contractor -- who will let you buy the materials direct and save the contractor's markups (and efforts).
  • Design with open interiors to minimize construction
  • Use some urban salvage materials
  • Partnering relationship with vendors

This case study is about personal involvement that brought the home building project in on-schedule and on-budget. It is possible! And it's very satisfying.

Going Green on a Budget

California Green Solutions Newsletter -- Mar. 2007

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