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Friday, September 08, 2006

Global Green USA's sustainable building competition

A Better, Sustainable New Orleans.

That's what Brad Pitt and the Global Green sustainability advocacy group have in mind. In a competition recently sponsored by Pitt and Global Green, architecture contestants competed for the chance to build a winning sustainable, green housing structure for families in New Orleans.

According to the press release,

If 50,000 homes were rebuilt according to the energy cost reduction goals in the competition, residents would save $38 million to $56 million EVERY year. Each sustainably designed home would also reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 11 tons per household per year, the equivalent of taking 100,000 cars off the road.

The winning sustainable design, GREEN.O.LA Designed by Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman, Workshop/APD would help lower energy costs and put the savings right back into the families' pockets. This in turn would likely help the struggling local economy as consumers would have more money that didn't need to be spent on energy.

I have to say, I'm impressed by Brad's commitment to this sustainable idea. Publicity aside, it's a great way to help bring about recognition and substantiation for the idea of sustainability and green buildings in a world and time where so much money and materials (not to mention energy) go to waste in building many modern day dwellings.

Read more:

Official press release
Global Green

Categories: Architecture, Energy


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