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7 secrets for building sustainable homes on a budget, via @EcoHomeMagazine:

In the affordable housing sector, energy efficiency isn’t an add-on luxury—it’s a necessity that helps to keep the cost of homeownership within reach of low-income families, who spend 17 percent of their income on utility bills, says Matt Clark of Habitat for Humanity International. In comparison, middle-income families pay about 4 percent. “Green building makes complete and utter sense for us,” he says. Building pros in the affordable and for-profit sector gathered last week at the 2012 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo to pick up sustainable construction knowledge from the nonprofit, which builds 66,500 houses each year in the U.S. and abroad. Mike Haigh of the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity (HFH) provided these tips: --Build small to keep costs down. Dallas Area HFH houses average 1,262 square feet, almost 700 square feet less than the national average. --D...

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