More than 400 green homes scheduled for a new sustainable community in New Orleans
More than 400 new green homes will be built to help New Orleans provide cost-efficient, low-maintenance homes for residents still seeking affordable housing after Hurricane Katrina.
StalwartBuilt Homes pledged to build the high-performance, “Beyond Green” homes according to the Environments For Living program from Masco Home Services. The homes in the Pontchartrain Park community are designed to be more cost-efficient, low maintenance and faster to build than conventional homes.
“New Orleans still suffers from a lack of affordable housing and the destruction of neighborhoods caused by Hurricane Katrina,” said Julius Poston, president of StalwartBuilt Homes. “We’re excited to help people rebuild with quality, affordable homes that also exceed local, state and national green building standards. We’ve been building green for a number of years, and the Environments For Living program fits well with our commitment to help people save energy costs, reduce water consumption and have healthy homes. It provides a rigorous, independent certification that people trust.”
The StalwartBuilt “Beyond Green” method of building incorporates innovations in building science and technology into the building process. The homes are built to meet the GE Ecomagination program, which contains the Environments For Living certification, which complements the other stringent building certifications being used for this disaster recovery and community revitalization program in New Orleans. The certifications include LEED for Homes, U.S. Department of Energy's Building America Builders Challenge, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star, WaterSense and Indoor airPLUS.
The Environments For Living program provides tangible, performance-based results in heating and cooling energy use and comfort backed by limited guarantees because it addresses multiple home elements, from framing and insulation installation to mechanical systems and moisture management, according to Dave Bell, director of building science for Masco Home Services.
“A cornerstone of the Environments For Living program is its use of the principles of building science to help create homes that work as integrated, high-performance systems, rather than as a collection of individual materials and components,” Bell said. “The Pontchartrain Park community project provides a real-world example of how green building can be accomplished on a large scale, while still being affordable.”
Pontchartrain Park is one of New Orleans’ 10 neighborhoods that have recovered 50 percent or less of their pre-Katrina populations, ranking 65th out of 74 neighborhoods in population recovery. Residents and community leaders are actively engaged in rebuilding the historic community.