You might think that there is a lot more hassle and expense involved in building a home that conforms to your eco-friendly standards, but in truth, it is very similar to standard types of building in that the price and the level of difficulty depend largely on what you choose to use. For example, the average home-builder might have to decide whether they want to install carpeting throughout the interior or pay extra for hardwood or stone flooring. In the same way, the eco-friendly home will have options that change the price and construction schedule for the project. While you will certainly want to take some time to research green options, you need not necessarily expend more than your own free time. In any case, here are just a few guidelines to observe when it comes to planning and building your green home.
Source: Talking About Green
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