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Of course, it’s impossible to estimate the cost of any home without knowing all the variables, such as size and style. However, there are general patterns.
“People are often surprised to learn that a high-performance home only costs 5-10% more than its conventionally-built equivalent,” says Clarum president John Suppes. After several years, the high-performance home catches up, offsetting the difference in initial construction costs, and begins to pay for itself.
How? By costing up to 90% less, month to month. At Clarum Homes, we build our high-performance homes with an airtight, highly-insulated building envelope, so your HVAC system can keep your entire house cozy on less energy than it takes to run a hair dryer (16 watts).
High-performance homes are extremely efficient, not just in heating, but in energy and water conservation as well. They feature state-of-the art technology such as tankless, on-demand hot water, energy-efficient appliances, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, low-energy lighting, a solar-power system. Over the years, it all adds up. The result is a remarkable return on investment.
Another factor to consider in the cost of a high-performance home is the green building incentives it may qualify for. In the words of one our customers:
With the federal tax credit, which offsets a third of the cost, the 15% state rebate, the 50% bonus depreciation and the energy savings – combined with the positive environmental impact – it’s totally a win-win situation.
Taken as a whole, there’s no comparison. Our high-performance homes cost remarkably less over time, because their efficiency simply soars off the charts. Plus, your family enjoys a home that is beautiful, healthier, and more comfortable.
To learn more about building a new high-performance home or a remodel of your existing home, please call Clarum at 650.322.7069.