milal4 
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Re: “Inexpensive Innovation

The article and The S.E.E.D. Home are about energy efficient NEW construction, not the value of foreclosed (or the like) properties in this current climate. This home and its super energy efficient design concepts are about the near and long term future. To think that this market is going to stay like this is pretty short sighted, to say the least. I believe the 'inexpensive' aspect of the comment was geared toward cost comparison between the same home being priced without ALL the energy efficient elements.

One of the most significant realizations during the pre-construction cost analysis was the discovery that nearly all of the energy efficient construction aspects (including solar PV, solar water heating, SIP construction, radiant floor heating and cooling system, whole house fresh air exchange system ERV, whole house water filtration, resulting in near net zero monthly energy costs-forever, etc., etc.,etc) could be 'paid for' by reducing the costs for all finishing touch details after drywall. That is, no flooring covering, no granite in kitchen or baths and no tile work anywhere, lesser expensive cabs and so on.

Finally, a specific goal of this endeavor was to create the most energy efficient new home possible under 2000sqft, to find out what it would cost and compare this to the same house with spec house quality finishing touches. To compare this to a foreclosed repo, uh, I don't think so.

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Posted by milal4 on 11/07/2011 at 3:17 PM

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