Vistor Center

Leed Certification
Sustainable Sites

Holy Cross Project

Client:

Global Green USA

Location:

New Orleans, LA

LEED Consultant:

Chip Henderson

Project Goal:

Global Green assembled a highly skilled and dedicated project team of national experts paired with local professionals with the goal of transferring knowledge to ultimately make green expertise indigenous to New Orleans. Through the Holy Cross Project, Global Green seeks to: create a green model or showcase for development and rebuilding for New Orleans, and green affordable housing in the US; ensure the sustainability and long-term affordability of the Project’s housing units for residents, and socioeconomic fabric of the neighborhood through the visitors center; educate NOLA residents through the Project’s visitors center, NOLA resource center and website about the benefits of green building; and advance smart solutions to global warming that both benefit communities and engage stakeholders in building well for action.

Solution:

Advancing smart solutions to global warming that benefit both communities and engage stakeholders is always a challenge. The first home, finished in May 2008, will initially serve as a Visitor Center for developers, contractors and residents to learn how to rebuild green. After construction is completed on the majority of the Project, the 5 single family homes will first be made available to and sold to displaced residents of the Holy Cross and 9th Ward communities.

Global Green is working with the Holy Cross Neighborhood to create homeowner selection criteria, and identify and select qualified homebuyers. The homes will sell for an average price of $175,000 and Global Green plans to create a soft second mortgage financing option to help prospective buyers to bring the equivalent price to $150,000 or lower. The homes will save the residents an estimated $1200 to $2400 a year in utility bills, allowing lower income families to qualify for the mortgage as well. Using advanced monitoring systems in the home, residents can see their energy and resource consumption in real time, and if they choose, modify their behavior to further lower energy costs. Modest homeowner association fees will allow for residents to turn to the project manager to ensure the rainwater harvesting, geothermal, solar and other systems are maintained properly and will continue to maximize savings.

http://www.globalgreen.org/neworleans/holycross/

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