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How to Choose a Green Builder


Author's Note: How to Choose a Green Builder

Choosing a green contractor is a bit like buying a used car -- the vast majority of builders are honest and skilled, but woe be unto the homeowner who fails to properly vet builders and ends up with a dud. Cost is only one risk. New materials and new techniques leave room for both great and poor work. But the reward is also high. You could save lots of money in the long run; plus you'll feel like you've done the right thing.

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