Almost always, green building is going to be more expensive than traditional building. It takes “green” (dollars) to build “green” (certified). However before deciding whether you will or not, you need to ask yourself a question.
Do I want to build a green home because…
1. I believe I can make a difference?
2. It utilizes sensible ideas?
3. It will save me money?
4. I want to be recognized?
Every green home that is built will contribute to the overall quality of the community. If you like the ideas in green building because they make sense then you have to weigh your desires for practicality versus your budget. You need to consider and compare the long term savings versus the short term cost, when choosing what system you will use and how it will affect your budget. Except for very rare circumstances, you will not save money upfront when using green building practices. If your motivation is to be recognized within your community as being the “green building guy”, then you have already defeated the original purpose of building green.
One last thing to consider is your site. The attributes of your site, location, exposure, elevation, climate, terrain, etc., will significantly affect the decision making process regardless of your motives. This gets back to the premise that green building is building a home sensibly.