Disadvantages of Green Building

Updated July 19, 2017

While choosing to build green--or eco-friendly--has many advantages, there are disadvantages that need to be considered. Considerations such as cost, funding, material availability and location restrictions must be taken into account when choosing to build green.

Initial Cost

The first--and perhaps most prohibitive--disadvantage to green building is the upfront cost. Eco-friendly building materials are often difficult to find in many areas of the United States, which can cause the prices to be much higher than standard building materials.


Besides the initial cost of green building, finding a lender who offers loans for building that is non-traditional may be difficult. Depending on the area of the country, there may be few, if any, lenders available. In addition, certain restrictions may be applied by a lender that a homeowner or builder may find too difficult to follow.

Availability of Materials

While homeowners who live close to larger cities may have no difficulty finding green building materials, the selection may be scarce in other areas. Many materials may require special ordering, which could increase the cost. In addition, some materials may only be available through internet orders, which will include a cost for shipping and handling.


The location may play a large role in making green building not feasible. Areas of the country that are more humid or moist may preclude certain styles of green building, such as straw bale construction. Local restrictions and codes may also not allow use of certain materials or building styles.

Time Frame

Since some green building projects encourage the use of recycled and found materials, time may become a disadvantage. Finding the needed materials may take extra time that the builder and/or homeowner doesn't have for the project.

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Tammy Lee Morris is a writer living in southern Illinois. She has been writing professionally for print publications since 1992 and contributing to online publications since 2006. Now writing a column for "The Weekly Review," she has also contributed to "Woman's World," "Countryside Magazine," and the Woman's Day website. Morris studied journalism at John A. Logan College.