Broadmoor Development Corporation broke ground last week on the first of its four planned LEED Platinum-certified homes. The U.S. Green Building Council's 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition selected the home's sustainable designs, created by two student-led groups and two emerging professional teams. The four groups — representing Connecticut, Hawaii, New York City and Pittsburgh — maintained the neighborhood's aesthetic and added innovative highlights like an "outdoor living room," storm-water collection systems and breakthrough drainage and ventilation features. Wuijoon Ha, the only single-person design team, conceived the "E.A.S.Y. House," featuring operable skylights, a green roof and a wheelchair lift.
The Salvation Army's EnviRenew initiative, which aims to rebuild communities using green building practices, is helping fund the project along with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and New Orleans Metropolitan Area Realtors. First NBC Bank is financing the homes; each is estimated to cost $135,000 (and eligible for up to $75,000 in grants). Landis Construction, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and Green Coast Enterprises also are helping build the homes.
The homes join Broadmoor's Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in the neighborhood's commitment to getting greener buildings in as rebuilding continues. The school, completed in January 2010, received $29 million in renovations and construction. The school features a 12,000-gallon rainwater-collecting cistern, a solar panel array that heats 90 percent of the kitchen's water, and other energy efficiency measures.