Homeowner Happy in Tulane-Designed 'Green' House

Mar 29, 2011, 16:23 ET from Tulane University

NEW ORLEANS, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The house at 2036 Seventh St. in New Orleans, designed and built by Tulane architecture professors and students, has been certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first LEED-certified residential project for Tulane and Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans, which collaborated through a program called URBANbuild.  

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Dinwiddie Hall, a recently renovated building on the Tulane's uptown campus recently became the first university building in the state to receive LEED Gold certification.

First-time homebuyer Tami Hills proudly received a certificate honoring her new home's energy-efficient design from Byron Mouton, director of URBANbuild, and Kenneth Schwartz, dean of the Tulane School of Architecture, along with Lauren Anderson, CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services.

Hills loves her new home and says that her life philosophy is in harmony with the green nature of the house. She sees the beauty, history and potential of her neighborhood and is leading the charge for its recovery.

"My favorite feature is definitely, hands down, the Polygal panels -- they give me the privacy I need without having to hang curtains," says Hills. "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!"

Other green features of the home include low-emissivity windows, Energy-Star electrical fixtures and an energy-saving air conditioner, as well as sustainably harvested and manufactured materials such as bamboo flooring and zero-VOC interior paint.

Mouton says that engaging the LEED for Homes certification process "has been educational and deeply rewarding for the design students and faculty at Tulane School of Architecture, our housing partners at Neighborhood Housing Services, and especially our new homeowner. As with all of URBANbuild's design-build projects, we hope our experience is one that other developers and institutions can look toward as a model and a starting point for more environmentally responsible, well-designed homes."

SOURCE Tulane University