NetZero Starts with Passive Solar at EarthCraft Design/Build
Financing and Straw Bale Construction
Although there is a huge emphasis on active solar, EarthCraft focuses on “passive solar” cutting costs for the life of the home. Passive Solar is a no-brainer where you orient the house to the sun. It doesn’t cost a dime folks! Green building has economic advantages to you, all it is is orienting the house to the sun.
Our homes are designed to consume less energy to begin with, drastically reducing the need for active solar, and making the most of the many incentives for including those in home design.
One of the most difficult aspects of building with straw bales may be finding money to finance the project. Conventional lending institutions do not like to take big risks when lending their money. This has plagued straw bale builders and our clients for years. In order to be successful at acquiring funding from conventional sources, it is important to understand the common reasons banks site when turning down loan applications for straw bale construction.