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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
General question for all interested

Would you be willing to pay more initailly, if you were shown that you would retrive the cost over time through reduced utility bills and maintenance costs?
Or are you decisions driven by the initial contruction costs?
What do you feel about tax incentives for using techniques and technologies that reduce your energy consumtion and environmental impact?

39 posted on 05/05/2002 10:03:54 PM PDT by Andrewksu
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41 posted on 05/05/2002 10:22:52 PM PDT by Andrewksu
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Do you understand cost-benefit analysis. It's an economic study technique where you add up all the ecomnomic costs and weigh them against the sum of all the benefits. The challange is to assign a dollar value to all the factors under study. You need to include interest, cash flow, and inflation factors to make a credible analysis.

If you can show that your green design will return savings then you have a good economic argument. If it shows you that it is not the least expensive system, the you are wasting scarce resources. It is foolish to waste scarce planetary resources in the name of a fashionable fad such as sustainable design.

I don't know many designers who know how to perform a cost-benefit analysis.

49 posted on 05/06/2002 5:14:19 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: Andrewksu
Would you be willing to pay more initailly, if you were shown that you would retrive the cost over time through reduced utility bills and maintenance costs? Or are you decisions driven by the initial contruction costs?

What do you feel about tax incentives for using techniques and technologies that reduce your energy consumtion and environmental impact?

The difference between First Cost and Life Cycle Cost is certainly always worthy of analysis. The Net Present Value of money, the capitalization costs and similar calculations must be taken into account to have a sensible analysis however. If you want to be able to sell the benefit, you better take an accounting course, or audit one, to do the financial analysis and expalin it.

Even when it is expalined well, many who make the buying decision for new structures, have their finacial interests shaded by either their Ownership Horizon (Developers or others with resale in mind at some point) or cpitalization mandates by their job dictates (Corporate Buyers effected by internal Cap limits). Even when a proper study shows that it is in the financial interest of the project, it may not be in the finacial interest of the buyer.

Tax incentives are really tax burdens shifted and the accompanying inefficiencies of Government Planned Economies. These have been the things that Conservatives have fought against accross the board. Sure there is the Humane Market of a Roepke that doesn't require the full blind hand of the von Mises, or even short of the Hayek approach, but do we want to give an inch where Leftists want to take a mile.

Do your thinking, and your promotion, outside of government programs. They can change overnight and often should, to be eliminated. Sell on the merits and desirability or not at all.

There are a lot of people that will buy something Sensible, without undue consideration to the bottom line or government largess. Find them.

58 posted on 05/06/2002 9:17:07 AM PDT by KC Burke
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