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If you’re thinking about building a new custom home, you’ve probably spent a lot of time weighing your options. And if you haven’t already considered high-performance home building practices, you may be surprised at how the numbers add up.
The truth is, the energy and cost savings realized in a green, high performance home mean an incredible return on your initial construction investment. Energy efficiency systems that minimize your reliance on utilities, conserve water, and foster a healthy home environment can create an annual return of 7% on your high-performance home. And, according to a recent study, energy efficiency components like solar power systems actually add to the value of your high-performance home.
People are often surprised to learn that a high-performance home only costs 5-10% more than a conventionally-built home. After several years, the high-performance home catches up, offsetting the difference in initial construction costs, and begins to pay for itself. And when you including the rebates and tax credits that are realized with many high-performance building practices, the ROI becomes even more competitive.
But a superior ROI is just one of the benefits that you’ll from a high-performance home. Take a look at this “Return on Green” formula to understand the comprehensive range of benefits that arise when you choose to building green.
As you can see, building a green, high-performance home is not only the right move for your family, it’s the right move for your community and for the planet.
The earlier you decide on high-performance, the better.
While a green, high-performance home will typically always cost more than the same home built to standard building codes, you should account for the long-term energy savings over the life of the home and the improved quality of life – which for many is priceless.
If you decide that high-performance is right for you, then choosing a high-performance home builder with a deep understanding of local building practices and challenges will be essential for realizing the best ROI. An expert team does more than provide support and peace-of-mind. The best design/build teams will help you navigate your options, present an accurate timeline for completion, help you file for the necessary permits, ensure that you stay within budget, and help you understand the challenges and opportunities along the way.
Want to learn more? Check out the free, step-by-step High Performance Home Building Guide that we’ve put together to make your journey easier and help you prepare for success.
If you’re interested in learning more about how we build new custom homes, call Clarum Homes at 650.322.7069