The green movement is slowly making inroads into new home building. I'm quite certain if we hadn't seen the housing sector tank here in Cleveland for the past few years that progress would have been much quicker.
It's certainly not a cost savings at the start. Going green and integrating an energy saving infrastructure doesn't come cheap. One has to look at the long term cost savings. Those solar panels and attention to energy efficient foundation and walls is a premium upfront expense but will lead to lower energy costs in years to come. Same goes for control systems that automatically look for ways to conserve energy usage. You have to amortize the costs. And quite frankly, looking at the near future of fossil fuel prices it makes alot of sense.
Add to that a piece of mind by doing right by mother earth and helping protect your family from harmful elements in our environment. It truly can be a home sweet home.
Here's a photo show of a new home that has taken the challenge head on in seemingly every detail. It's from CE Pro, Inside an Eco-Friendly, High-Tech Home.