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Is it more expensive
to build sustainable
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Costs of building an eco-designed home

Eco-design principle Cost compared with traditional UK home
Make efficient use of water within the building. Low – mainly design
Reuse aggregate from old buildings that have been knocked down Cheaper if aggregate is available
Use recycled materials or natural/sustainable materials from the local area. Cheaper if material is available locally
Consider incorporating photovoltaic solar cells to generate electricity if it is feasible at the site. Expensive
Use light scoops or solar tubes to make maximum use of natural light in the building. Low to moderate cost
Only install the most energy efficient appliances. No difference
Use solar panels for water heating.  Expensive
Consider more sustainable heating options e.g. combined heat and power systems, biomass heaters or geothermal boilers Moderate cost
Decorate the building with materials that do less harm to the environment e.g. use water-based adhesives and paints. No difference

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