Smart Greenboy House Design Eco Focused

The Broadmoor Residence: a Greenboy Production is the latest in our round-up of finalists from the U.S. Green Building Council‘s Natural Talent Design Competition, which is targeting small, green, accessible and affordable homes for the re-build of New Orleans’ historic Broadmoor neighborhood.

The Broadmoor Residence, designed by Greenboy Productions of Hawaii, focuses on creating a contemporary green home, accessible by wheelchair, in keeping with local architecture and neighborhood pride. The narrow, rectangular design hearkens back to the shotgun layouts of New Orleans’ past with a front facade that opens directly to the surrounding neighborhood. An integrated ramp and stair system brings the owner and visitors to the side entry of the home (located eight feet off the ground in case of flooding)where the structure splits through the center of the East and West elevations, creating a side patio.

Natural Talent Design Competition_Greenboy Production

image via Open Architecture Network

Throughout the design, the way both water and wind moves through the site were taken into consideration. Hard outdoor landscaping surfaces are made up of a separated paver system, allowing stormwater to absorb directly into the soil, while a rigorous analysis of local wind patterns guided the creation of passive ventilation systems designed to draw air from the cool, shaded area below the home. The complete home design is available online at Open Architecture Network..

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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.