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John Crowe, Real Estate Pro in Austin, TX

Green Building in Austin - cost vs traditional construction?

Asked by John Crowe, Austin, TX Tue May 17, 2011

What is the cost differential between green and traditional construction? I've had builders quote a range (based on finish-out) of $100-150 per square foot for traditional. Is the "green" component a markup of 10%? 20%? Less?

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If you build to Energy Star 3.0 standards the cost is less than 5%. If you follow the Home Builders Asscoiation standard for the bronze or silver level its about 5%, about the same as Energy Star. The gold level would be much higher as non standard materials are being used. I am a home builder and I support green building and build only Energy Star Homes. Bang for the buck, ROI, Energy Star homes are the best bet.
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