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Published on November 20th, 2008 | by Joel Bittle

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Can a Modern Green Home Be Built for $100K?

November 20th, 2008 by  


Follow Philly’s Postgreen as they attempt to build a modern green home for $100,000.

Just over a year ago, Philadelphia developer Postgreen undertook an ambitious project, to build a modern green home for $100,000.  Not only are they seeking to shatter the myth that green homes are unaffordable, but they are documenting every step on their site, 100KHouse.com.  Located in the New Kensington area of Philadelphia, the house will be a roughly 1,000 square foot two bedroom one and a half bath modern style home – and will not be a prefab; rather it is being built from the ground up according to LEED for Homes guidelines using such affordable energy saving materials as SIPs (structurally insulated panels.)

Documenting the progress of the 100K House are Postgreen President Chad Ludeman and PR Director Nic Darling.  Both are convinced that affordable green building is not only possible, but necessary to bring about true environmental change.  Their blog posts are not limited to the progress of the 100K House; they write about a range of interesting green topics.

Anyone interested in beginning a green building project should take some time to follow the construction of the 100K House.  Their steps are well thought out and detailed (Nic used his own house to study interior space usage for a week) and the lessons learned from each step are clearly laid out and easily understood.

Though Chad and Nic are currently at Greenbuild, they have posts up on their recent SIPs installation (pictured above,) including a flickr page of install pictures.

I look forward to following their progress and will provide an update when they are finished.

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Pictures courtesy of Postgreen.


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  • Sam

    You guys must be on crack. I spent some time seeing if was possible to build a home for $100k.

    NOT POSSIBLE ON THIS PLANET…UNLESS YOU CALL A HALF-ASSED SHACK A HOME.

    Why?

    1) Land costs
    2) Experienced builders and labor can make more profit off a $200k home
    3) Quality costs some money.

    Period.

  • Sam

    You guys must be on crack. I spent some time seeing if was possible to build a home for $100k.

    NOT POSSIBLE ON THIS PLANET…UNLESS YOU CALL A HALF-ASSED SHACK A HOME.

    Why?

    1) Land costs
    2) Experienced builders and labor can make more profit off a $200k home
    3) Quality costs some money.

    Period.

  • Sam

    OH, I ALSO GET A KICK OUT OF ARCHETECTS WHO NEVER COUNT THE 1,000’S OF HOURS OF PROFESSIONAL TIME THEY INVESTED IN A HOME.

  • Sam

    OH, I ALSO GET A KICK OUT OF ARCHETECTS WHO NEVER COUNT THE 1,000’S OF HOURS OF PROFESSIONAL TIME THEY INVESTED IN A HOME.

  • Sam,

    To clarify, the $100K only covers hard construction costs and not the cost of land or the architect’s fees. That is why it says we are trying to build it for $100K…

    We are on track with our budget (possibly even under) and the home will be much higher quality than standard code homes in our area, while being twice as energy efficient. We are also tracking well towards LEED Platinum on our budget.

    Thanks for the interest.

  • Sam,

    To clarify, the $100K only covers hard construction costs and not the cost of land or the architect’s fees. That is why it says we are trying to build it for $100K…

    We are on track with our budget (possibly even under) and the home will be much higher quality than standard code homes in our area, while being twice as energy efficient. We are also tracking well towards LEED Platinum on our budget.

    Thanks for the interest.

  • Matt

    I think it’s a great idea to try and start building more efficient and less costly homes. Go Nic and Chad!

  • Matt

    I think it’s a great idea to try and start building more efficient and less costly homes. Go Nic and Chad!

  • It’s not only important that green homes exist, but it’s equally important that they are affordable. It will be interesting to see if this project finishes on budget…if so, this will open up a whole new market of green homes for consumers.

    Timothy

  • It’s not only important that green homes exist, but it’s equally important that they are affordable. It will be interesting to see if this project finishes on budget…if so, this will open up a whole new market of green homes for consumers.

    Timothy

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  • Uncle B

    Start in the countryside, off-grid. Use cob, rammed earth, straw bale construction methods. Do the labor yourself. Go small! see “Small House Society”. Think solar heating. use local resources. Use solar power, LED lighting, microwave cooking, solar refrigeration, wind power, water preservation techniques, high tech supports, and shoot for “Zero upkeep, Zero running costs. Check out the web, it has already been done in many forms, but mostly more “outside the box” than your article goes, and usually more post(GRD) great republican depression era than you want to go! Most include composting, and Swedish perfected Dry flush composting toilets and greenhouses to use up gray water. Either we are going rural for survival, or the urban scene is in for astounding changes! Life is good, getting better and goes on, keep trying for better its fun!

  • Uncle B

    Start in the countryside, off-grid. Use cob, rammed earth, straw bale construction methods. Do the labor yourself. Go small! see “Small House Society”. Think solar heating. use local resources. Use solar power, LED lighting, microwave cooking, solar refrigeration, wind power, water preservation techniques, high tech supports, and shoot for “Zero upkeep, Zero running costs. Check out the web, it has already been done in many forms, but mostly more “outside the box” than your article goes, and usually more post(GRD) great republican depression era than you want to go! Most include composting, and Swedish perfected Dry flush composting toilets and greenhouses to use up gray water. Either we are going rural for survival, or the urban scene is in for astounding changes! Life is good, getting better and goes on, keep trying for better its fun!

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