Among the many products on display at last week’s International Builders’ Show were a number of introductions that can contribute to a sustainably built home. Here is a sampling of 10 eco-friendly finds from the show floor.
In an ideal world, we’d use nothing but cool vintage Pyrex containers for storing leftovers. But in an ideal world these containers would still be as cheap and plentiful as they were before they become sought-after collectibles.
Morton Grove, Ill. — Bell & Gossett has introduced a revolutionary new line of energy efficient potable water recirculator pumps that uses a unique technology to achieve significant energy savings while delivering instant hot water to every faucet. Featuring ECM (Electronically Commutated Motor) technology and a patented spherical motor design, the ecocirc® eliminates the need for a conventional shaft, seal and bearing assembly
Georgia Power delay of biomass project fuels concern Atlanta Journal Constitution Among environmental groups, Georgia Power was not regarded as especially green -friendly because of its reliance on coal, its measured take on the potential … and more
Stored Solar Energy Just Peachy with Georgia’s Suniva, Inc. CleanTechnica To make it a trifecta, a third Georgia -based company, First Century Energy of Atlanta , is the designer of the solar array. It’s an interesting sustainable …
Last month, we rounded out the fifth year living in our green home. It seems like a good time to look back at how it all worked out. Here at Eco Custom Homes, we face similar issues on our projects. But with our attention to detail, the problems Bruce Sullivan encountered would not have happened.
The first thing most people want to know is: What does it costs to build a 3000 sqft custom home in the Atlanta, GA. market? The first thing you have to calculate is the square footage you want. Once you have that, the numbers below give you a good starting point.
Adjusted Square Foot Calculation:
Above ground finished conditioned space is 100% of actual sqft
Basement level finished conditioned space is 40% of actual.
Garage space is 50% of actual
Covered Patios / Porches are 70% of actual
Decks are 20% of actual sqft.
So a 3000 sqft home with 1000 sqft of finished basement, a 550 sqft garage and 250 sqft of covered or screened porches will have an adjusted SQFT of 3850.
Lot costs are typically 30% to 35% of your total budget for a home.
We find construction costs of $200 per sqft + or – 10%, plus a fixed cost of about $30k for site development costs. (Utilities, Driveway, Fencing, Landscaping, etc.) If you want a modern home with flat roofs and steel, you are looking $240 per sqft + or – 10%.
Architectural Fees / Engineering Fees typically are 7% of construction costs, + or – depending on the amount of detail you want designed.
Time to draw plans are 3 to 6 months. Time to permit is about 60 days. Time to construct a home depends on the size of the home, but typically we can do about $70K to $120k of work per month on a home; with a minimum of 6 months to construct a home.
In today’s market we are finding that in doing large renovations/additions to homes are saving 10% to 20% versus a new home.
Typically we see costs for new added space at $210 per sqft. Redoing existing space is about $135 per sqft.
Architectural Fees / Engineering Fees typically are 6% of construction costs, + or – depending on the amount of detail you want designed.
Time to draw plans are 1 to 3 months. Time to permit is about 30 days. Time to construct a home depends on the size of the home, but typically we can do about $60K to $100k of work per month on a home; with a minimum of 3 months to construct a home.