The Green Office Challenge , a program created by city of Chicago and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA , is being adopted by four new local governments ;Arlington County, Va.; city of Charleston, S.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and San Diego/Port of San Diego. ICLEI selected these pilot communities to develop the challenge, a program that engages property managers and office tenants in a friendly competition to save money and reduce energy use in their buildings, as well as reduce waste, save water and reach other environmental goals. Because of its innovative model and its success in Chicago (where it was launched in 2009), many local governments have expressed interest in the Green Office Challenge
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Ecobuild America , sponsored by the National Institute of Building Sciences , educates design and construction professionals about how to improve the built environment. This unique conference and exhibit not only introduces new strategies and materials to create high-performance, sustainable structures, but also provides the technology to do it faster and more profitably
I receive about 50 inquires a month and the first thing most people want to know is: What does it costs to build a custom home?
Lot costs are typically 30% to 35% of your total budget for a home.
We find construction costs of $180 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 $220 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 $200 per sqft. Redoing existing space is about $120 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.