Building green - soapbox
My goal is to build a little passive solar home (960 sq. ft.) and make as little impact on the land/wildlife as possible. I thought I had found the perfect "green" builder to help me in this venture. Ha! His ballpark estimate was astounding! He's over $70,000 than the conventional builder!
I just have to vent: If the average person cannot afford to build "green" or use solar - if the price is not even comparable to conventional methods, then what is the point? (Of course I know what the REAL point is.)
Think about it; the average person needs to be made aware of how we all impact the environment. And in the case of construction, good grief, there is so much impact! The conventional builder doesn't stop to think of the 6o-year-old trees being bulldozed, only that they are in his way. The green builder thinks about it, and charges you out the wazoo for doing so! AGH!
I have looked into radiant floor heat, solar water heating, solar panels, greywater catchment, and all I am able to do is build a small passive solar home. And that without the luxury of everything being as green as possible. The estimates on everything else are just beyond belief.
There has got to be a way to decrease the price and make this a reality for more people. If we wait around for more people to catch on, instead of helping them catch on, I can't imagine it becoming the norm rather than the exception.
Anyone have any thoughts, any helpful suggestions?