Green NoLa Rebuild Gets RAMPed UP

How to keep New Orleans’ next generation of houses from flooding? One of the finalists from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Natural Talent Design Competition targeting small, green and affordable housing for the re-build of NoLa believes the answer is to get RAMPed UP.

The RAMPed UP house, by the Urban Green Council of New York City–which submitted to the contest as an Emerging Professional Team–was designed to blend with the Broadmoor neighborhood, where the winning house design will be built. This house–unlike many of its potential neighbors–will be build to weather both flooding and hurricanes in style.

Natural Talent Design Competition New Orleans_RAMPed UP

image via Open Architecture Network

The ramp of this house serves many functions. First, it gets the house seven feet above grade. Second, it makes the home ADA accessible (a key provision for the competition). And, in the words of the design team, “the ramp’s clarity and precise form narrate an elegant sequence of views to the garden.” Which doesn’t sound bad at all.

Green elements of the home include passive solar orientation; a ductless, multi-split heat pump system; heating and cooling on a zone-by-zone basis; and a Google Powermeter for home energy management.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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