It’s been a long time coming, but the green rebuilding of a neighborhood in New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina is finally underway. Brad Pitt and CEO of Global Green USA Matt Petersen were both on hand for the official “board cutting” ceremony in the Holy Cross neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward. Here’s what Petersen had to say about the event:
“Today, Brad Pitt and I hosted a â€œboard cuttingâ€ ceremony in the Holy Cross neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward to launch what we hope will become the future of green affordable housing and a cornerstone of New Orleansâ€™ rebuilding efforts. Global Green sponsored an international design competition last summer, with more than 125 firms competing to design a zero-energy affordable housing development. This morning, we offered the first hard-hat tour of the Holy Cross Project site, showcasing the winning design, which was created by Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen of Workshop/APD.”
Thanks to Yahoo!, you can take a virtual tour of this winning design and discover some of its eco attributes such as earth-friendly termite- and mold-resistant wood, soy-based foam insulation, and wheat boards. Said Pitt, “There’s light coming in from all sides and a lot of ventilation,” standing in what will be the living room of the house. “A lot of thought has gone into this house.” Brad also mentioned that with this new design electric bills will be cut by 75 percent; water use, by half.
According to reports, Global Green plans to sell the new eco-homes; giving preference to Holy Cross’s former residents. Besides the single-family homes, plans call for an 18-unit apartment complex and community center. Hit the jump for more.