The materials, appliances and fixtures you choose can affect not only the immediate cost of construction, but the long-term cost of enjoying your new space. While it is generally more expensive to use alternative materials and methods up front, they may save you in the long run.
The following are just a few of the possibilities. The list goes on and on,
so ask us about more ways to build smart, and go green.
Alternative building materials such as insulated concrete block (pictured) are mold- and insect-resistant, and carry a relatively high insulation R-value.
Consider plywoods with reduced formaldehyde content, and alternatives to pressure-treated lumber.
Furnaces and condensers come in a wide range of efficiency ratings.
Ductless systems, heat pumps and radiant flooring are nice alternatives.
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Recycled glass and products such as Syndecrete are making recycled materials look amazing.