LEED-certified Green Building in New Orleans Designed by Students and Professors

March 31, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

First of its kind as LEED-certified residential home laid out by Tulane and Neighborhood Housing Services, the green building in New Orleans proudly boasts of its energy-efficient design courtesy of the students and professors of Tulane University’s School of Architecture.

LEED-certified Green Building in New Orleans Designed by Students and Professors

The green building situated at 2036 Seventh St. New Orleans has just received silver certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for its standardized energy efficiency, low-emissivity windows, Energy-Star electrical fixtures, energy-saving air conditioner,and ecologically sustainable materials derived fresh from the environment like bamboo for its flooring, and an interior paint that is zero-voc.

Taking pride in the green building’s energy saving features, Kenneth Schwartz, dean of the Tulane School of Architecture, along with Lauren Anderson, CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services, collaborated with Byron Mouton through a project called URBANbuild which obtained the help of students from Tulane University.

Receiving her LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Tami Hills, whose dream of owning an eco-friendly house has been realized for the first time by the green building, says the green features of the house coincides with her philosophy in life. Taking the lead towards helping her neighborhood regain its potential on that note is her next goal. According to her, the green building reminds her of the beauty and history of the place.

Hills stated in a press release that her “favorite feature is definitely, hands down, the Polygal panels — they give me the privacy I need without having to hang curtains. Second in line: the insulation. For the first time in my history of living in New Orleans, I am warm in the winter and cool in the summer!”

URBANbuild director Mouton also expressed how his team is deeply satisfied with the result of their endeavor, describing it as an “educational” and “rewarding” experience with the students and professors of Tulane School of Architecture. Mouton shares the new homeowner’s gladness and hopes for the good start of a trend of green building to be followed by the other home developers.

He says he expects the green building to be a model for the next residential homes in the area to adopt an environmental-friendly design.

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