Excitement is mounting for the biggest green building conference and expo in the world – Greenbuild 2014! The conference features educational sessions, incredible speakers, LEED workshops and an expo hall with over 700 industry exhibitors. This year, the conference will bring over 25,000 attendees to New Orleans, October 22-24.
At this year’s conference, Global Green USA and many others will showcase the progress that New Orleans has achieved in rebuilding a more sustainable city. Our own Walker Wells will be leading a LEED for Neighborhood Development charrette forthe Laffitte neighborhood, Jeff Supak will open the Living with Water Greenbuild tour focused on grassroots water management work in NOLA, and our Holy Cross Project will be featured on two Greenbuild Tours of the Lower Ninth Ward.
These official Greenbuild Tours will present the best of New Orleans’ sustainable buildings and neighborhoods. Global Green’s Holy Cross Project will be featured on the Lower Ninth Ward tour entitled “Making it Right in the Lower Ninth” on Monday, October 20th and Friday, October 24th. The Lower Ninth Ward attracts visitors from all over the world, having gained momentous notoriety after Hurricane Katrina and the resulting levee failures that destroyed homes and took the lives of thousands of residents. The Holy Cross Project sees thousands of visitors each year, who come to see how the Lower Ninth Ward is recovering, and to hear about how this resilient community is working to build it back better than before.
Tour participants will visit one of our five single-family LEED Platinum homes. Features of these “Global Green 21st Century Shotgun Homes” include borate treated wood to repel both mold and termites; geothermal heating and cooling; solar panels; energy efficient design, lighting and appliances; superior air quality, natural lighting and air flow; repurposed, natural, and locally sourced materials throughout; extensive and educational monitoring system; extensive rain gardens and bioswales to beautify the area and reduce storm water runoff.
The tour will also witness construction of our Community Development and Climate Action Center, which will provide community resources and act as a first responder location for man-made and natural disasters. We’ll also catch the incredible view of downtown New Orleans from the Mississippi River levee adjacent to the site. The tour will continue with Make It Right Foundation homes and The Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development’s barge board green renovation, ending with Bayou Bienvenue – an old cypress swamp just beyond a levee wall in the Lower 9.
For more information about Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans, please contact Michelle Pyne at [email protected]