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[+] USGBC COMPETITION 2010: MIDDLE GROUND
LOCATION: NEW ORLEANS, LA
YEAR: 2010, UNBUILT
HAA participated in the 2010 USGBC design competition for sustainable housing. The design addresses ecological stewardship through a series of efficiency and sustainability measures. The home will achieve a LEED Platinum rating with an integrated strategy of site and building components, developing an infill home in the existing Broadmoor neighborhood. Major site features include minimized and pervious paving, native plantings including salt tolerant minimally maintained buffalo grass that is mowed only once a year, runoff/ rainwater collection and storage, family vegetable gardens, and strategic tree planting to obtain necessary shade. The design also provides one, visually obscure parking space on site. Architecturally, the homes reduced square footage minimizes the ecological footprint. Solar shading and efficient mechanical and electrical systems reduce energy consumption. Structurally Insulated Panels used as wall construction are efficient thermal and air barriers, reduce waste, and reduce material consumption. It will also feature low flow plumbing fixtures, including toilet flushing from rainwater, increased building insulation, a healthy and safe interior air environment, and a graphic manual for the education of the homeowners. This will assist the homeowner with the maintenance and efficient operations of the home. In total, the design will be a prototype for sustainable and affordable housing in New Orleans.