MARS: Memory Assessment Research Services Project
A high efficiency medical building built to the same rigorous criteria as a “Passivhaus”. This results in an ultra-low energy building, requiring little energy for heating or cooling. It employs a passive solar design, Build SMART E-Wall super insulation, advanced window technology, the E-Wall envelope creates extreme air tightness, and ultra-high efficiency components.
The cost to build vs. the cost to live
On the surface it seems reasonable for people designing and building a new home to strive for the largest home their building site and budget can accommodate. Or is it?
It depends on whether your focus is on the cost to build OR the cost to live.
Homes that feature more square feet of conditioned space are subject to higher property taxes, and higher utility bills. Then there’s the cost of furnishing and maintaining square footage that may only get occasional use.
In the custom housing market today the trend is moving away from building bigger to building better. And as you build better houses -flexible living spaces that provide more comfortable, more energy efficient living conditions – the foot print of a new home tends to shrink.
So while your initial cost to build a 3000+ square foot house to code, vs. a higher performing 2500 square foot house may not decrease, your ongoing cost to live does.
Better built homes reward you with better health, lower taxes, reduced heating and cooling bills and reduced ongoing maintenance for the life of the home. These contribute to a higher quality of life.
So as you struggle to fit you dream home into a budget you can afford, remember that the challenge of funding the cost to build should be short lived. But the rewards of building better can last a lifetime.
More about The MARS Memory Assessment Research Services Facility
“When you select Build SMART to supply your next project, you’re not settling for just another producer of prefabricated ‘Wall Panels.’ We do much more than cut and nail your framing together. Build SMART is an off-site extension of your entire build team.”
– David Boyer