Tract housing has always been a cost driven adventure.  If the price point isn’t right, the product doesn’t move.  So, how can you apply Green ideas to tract housing?  I have been working with a small tract builder in Windsor, CO whose base price of homes is 200K.  Instead of adding costly features such as solar panels, I designed the homes to use as few resources as possible.  I attempted to eliminate waste by working with 4′ increments, increased joist spans, and laying out windows on existing stud patterns.  The homes took much more design effort but reduce their material impact on the world.

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