The greatest loss of Energy in a Home can be rooted back to it original construction methods/decisions. Beware and be knowledgeable when you build – so we can offer more sustainability to our future and to our kids. Skip the $ 10,000 viking appliance and put the money into a full exterior wall and attic Spray Poly Insulating Foam. Let go of the $5,000 upgraded electrical media package and put it in your Conditioned Crawl Space. Dont even think about the $15,000 plantation shutters if you haven’t checked off your sheathing package to include Zip Wall and Roof. And Beware of your neighboring impact – like your stormwater runoff. Dont write the check to the lexus dealership if your installing concrete broom finish driveways that spill directly into the city drains. Install pervious pavers or redirect the pitch to a shallow basin / BMP on your property that filters the water. We all enjoy seafood and swimming in the oceans/rivers – so why do we have to bathe in your neighbors yard pesticide or tire treads.