It's difficult to make a cheap solar house. The panels are expensive.
But, to be fair, remember there is more to the cost of a house than just what it costs to buy. There are operating costs, and solar helps reduce those.
I thought the Burghli homes were very affordable, all things considered. Also the Zercher house was a great inspiration that any house can be improved, it doesn't have to be a new construction.
Huge Kudos to the Healthy Blue Green hue home and the Green Mode design. Inspiring work guys.
And huge thanks to the organizers (you know who you are!). I had a great time again this year and I can't wait until we do it again next year!
--- In email@example.com, "Robert Johnston" <junk1@...> wrote:
> Kudos to all the organizers. Saw 3 homes this afternoon and had a
> delightful day. My wife was with me and much impressed by the Green Blue
> Hue home. It was very pleasant inside despite having A/C turned off for the
> past week. Seeing passive features working in Houston area is most
> impressive (having great weather doesn't hurt either!). The ZeRow house was
> also very creative and fun to see.
> My only comment would be to echo another one posted today. It would be nice
> to see more homes (a) available to average buyers that (b) are lower cost.
> Even the ZeRow house is estimated at $125,000 for ~500 s.f. That's not