SunCatcher construction time and costs can vary quite a bit due to a number of factors (materials, labor, type of floor, type of thermal mass, automation, even weather, etc.). If optimizing primarily for cost of construction, new materials (versus recycled) for a 16 x 32 SunCatcher may cost around $15,000. In general for construction by a general contractor, one may approximate that labor will contribute between 40-60% of the total cost of construction. A good estimate for both materials and construction cost would be in the range of $25,000-$40,000 for a 16 x 32 SunCatcher. The cost of a 12 x 24 SunCatcher would be less.
Another construction option which significantly reduces labor cost is building the SunCatcher using Eco-Panels’ integrated panelized building solution. The SunCatcher Eco-Shell by Eco-Panels (which is available for under $13,000) creates a very tight, structurally sound SunCatcher and reduces the labor and time needed for construction.