LEED Gold Goes To Tulane URBANbuild Home

For the first time in her life in New Orleans, Tami Hills is warm in the winter and cool in the summer, thanks to the level of insulation in her new home, which was recently certified LEED Gold.

The home was designed by Tulane University’s School of Architecture in conjunction with Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans, which collaborated through a program called URBANbuild. This program strives to benefit the community while giving students hands-on experience in designing and building homes.

Tulane LEED Home

image via URBANbuild

Green features include low-emissivity (low-e) windows, Energy-Star electrical fixtures and an energy-saving air conditioner, as well as sustainably harvested and manufactured materials such as bamboo flooring and zero-VOC interior paint.

URBANbuild’s director, Byron Mouton said, in a statement, “As with all of URBANbuild’s design-build projects, we hope our experience is one that other developers and institutions can look toward as a model and a starting point for more environmentally responsible, well-designed homes.”

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.