From the economic point of view, building an EcoHouse is justified if it pays back to the owner the added equipment installation cost by fuel or electricity cost savings within a reasonable period.
From a more general, environmental standpoint, eco-housing is justified as it reduces our dependence on non-renewable fuels.
Eco-housing advantage also relies on traditional systems based on materials that can be obtained around the world locally. The houses can be easily built by local contractors, as well as by relatively unskilled owner-builders.
For instance, a self-help builder who can contribute their own labor for a sustainable installation saves not only on manpower, but contractor’s overhead percentage and the resulting finance charges, as well.
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