Question

We want to rebuild an older home, as green as possible but we have a fixed budget.

Asked by Susanne
Stamford, CT

Property is in North Stamford and will require a new septic system as well. The existing house will probably need to be taken down, but we'd like to keep as much as possible (tax codes and all). We've started to investigate how strong solar is as an option for at least hot water, but that remains to be determined.

Answer

Scott Grieves, CPM, CEA

Answered by Scott Grieves, CPM, CEA

Kissimmee, FL

Kissimmee Utility Authority

February 18, 2013

Looking to rebuild in older built home is a tall order in many respects depending on needs and wants! Many variables exist with your question.

Do you have any type of construction background or do you have a trade license in electric, air-conditioning, plumbing, or a GC license? In my experience if you cannot do much of the work yourself it will be costly to go green with current codes.

Please check with your local government on grant funds, codes, or a program offering low interest loans for older type homes. (Fix-up-program)

If you are on a fixed budget you might want to pre-plumb for thermal solar and photovoltaic (solar electric) for the future, if you want to keep the home long term. This is not something for a limited budget. However it can be pre-plumbed, and incorporated at a later date when funds or another opportunity from the power company or local government can assist with bringing the cost down.

Regards,

Scott

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