The Tulane School of Architecture Green Build program set about to research, develop, and construct an inventive and experimental prototypical house. A green house. Made in a factory. Specifically for post-Katrina New Orleans. Students first researched everything from construction processes to materials selection parameters. Above all, access to materials, affordability, and sustainability ruled the day. In the end, Tulane Green Build came up with a design for a 1,200 sf home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Situated on the corner lot of 1939 Seventh Street, the Green Build house was designed to maximize solar orientation, privacy, and the scale and character of the surrounding homes. It will have a nice list of green amenities, including photovoltaics, solar water heating panels, ceiling fans and ventless HVAC system, and an all-fluorescent lighting scheme. Nice.
It’s not done yet, as far as I can tell, but it’s getting pretty close. Click on over to the website to view a video of the construction, too.