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Green building done dirt cheap

120301re0209remodel3_2As you can see in Sunday’s Pardon Our Dust feature, Bill and Becka Doering were extremely motivated to create a healthy, green family home.

But while most of us agree with the concept of green building, our commitment fizzles when it’s time to write the check.

Still, green is not necessarily out of reach. Global Green offers Top 20 No- or Low-Cost Green Building Strategies. And architect Eric R. Shamp has compiled his own list of No-Cost Green Building Strategies.

The Doerings, of course, took it several steps further, estimating that the energy-related features of their whole-house remodel added about $50,000 to the cost. Much of that will be recouped over the years in lower utility bills.

But how can you put a price on comfort, and on a cleaner environment for the family, especially those impressionable baby lungs? The home feels as good as it looks in the photos. When you open the cabinets, you smell the faint aroma of sweet hay (the cabinet boxes are made of wheatboard) instead of the formaldehyde fumes we’re used to in new cabinets.

If you have any questions about the remodel, post a comment below and Bill Doering or contractor Dennis Allen will do their best to respond.

(Photo: Spencer Weiner, Los Angeles Times)

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