🤔 When 50K < 35K

Systems thinking understands that spending more on one system can mean spending less on another.

Why it matters: Focusing on individual line items in a budget can cause us to miss these opportunities.

📖 Story time with Steve: Steve Baczek is an architect and one of the great voices in building science.

  • Steve says we should look at the building envelope, the windows and the HVAC as one budget.
  • Click here to hear his explanation of this.

Steve’s client had two options for his window package.

  • $50,000 for furniture crafted triple glazed windows.
  • $35,000 for standard double glazed windows.

But the better windows allowed them to cut the HVAC budget from $35K to $6,500!

🥊 The bottom line: Spending $15K more on windows created a savings of $28.5K on HVAC.

  • And that’s only accounting for the first cost — it costs significantly less to run the smaller AC.

✅ For your Smart Homeowner list

  • Today’s example is specifically about new construction, but we can and should apply systems thinking whenever spending money on our homes.
  • That’s why I have been reimagining my approach to helping people interested in solar.
  • Let me know if you want help looking at your house as a system and developing a smart plan.



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