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Framing Double-studded Walls, Rafters: $1,670
Super Insulation: $5,970
PV System: $33,000
SunDrum Hot Water Heating System: $4,500
Before all rebates and tax incentives, the additional costs for zero energy came to $40,393 or about 20% of the sales price.
After all tax rebates and incentives and cost savings available in Massachusetts, the added costs came to about $9,000 or 4.6% of the sales price.
In two very similar 1,500 to 1,530 sq. ft., zero energy custom homes (average 2013 sales price around $400,000), the added cost compared to a similar house built to code, before rebates and tax incentives, broke down as follows:
Shell upgrades (insulation, framing, doors, and windows): $7,000 to $12,000
HVAC upgrades (heating, cooling, ERV, electrical and plumbing): $3,000 to $4,000
Solar PV and hot water: $36,000 to $40,000
Before all rebates and tax incentives available in Oregon, the average additional costs for these zero energy homes came to $51,000, or approximately 13% of the sales price.
After rebates and tax deductions available from the federal government and in Oregon, the total added cost for these custom-built zero energy homes was $10,00 to $14,000, which is less than 5% of the sales price.