Just as there are advantages to green building, there are also disadvantages of green building.
Here are some things to consider:
Cost – Some green construction materials do cost more than conventional building materials. For example, if you build a house with SIPs (structural insulated panels), the initial cost will be slightly higher than a traditional stick built home. However, over time, you will have incredible savings in energy costs, your home will be peaceful and quiet and you will be more comfortable inside, whether it’s hot or cold outside.
Availability of Green Building Materials – Some eco-friendly products are not available everywhere, so, if you are building in the country (where most log and timber homes are built), you (or your builder) may have trouble finding the products that you need. If you need to order from a distant supplier, the cost of shipping can add a substantial cost to your home budget.
Green Home Builders – Many builders and contractors are simply not familiar with newer construction methods, including building green houses. It may be hard to find someone who is experienced, and many builders do not want to take the time to learn new methods.
Your Time – If working with a builder who is new to sustainable building (but willing to work with you), you will need to do much of the research, and you will need to be more involved in the construction process. This will not be an absentee owner’s new home.
Lenders – As with log and timber homes, lenders and appraisers often undervalue a green home. They do not value the extra costs involved nor are they as likely to give you a construction loan on a building process that they are not familiar with.
Resale – This can go in either direction. It can be difficult to sell your green home because most buyers and Realtors are not knowledgeable about green home products and construction methods. You may have to educate them on its superior energy efficiency and other qualities.On the other hand, your home is worth more than conventional stick built homes, so you may be able to offer your home at a higher price than a similar home of its size. Some buyers will recognize your home’s true value and they will be willing to pay the price.Unfortunately, an appraiser may not, and bank loans could be difficult to obtain for a buyer who needs to borrow most of the cost of the home. You may have to consider owner financing, if that is an option for you.
In the end, you will have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of green building and decide what is best for your family