Brad Pitt and Resident Association President Pam Dashiell at announcement of winners
And the winner of the Global Green competition is Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman of Workshop/APD. We might have rejected them just for the punny name GreeNOLA and the retro drawings, but the scheme has winning attributes-
"The winning design integrated the newest sustainable technologies while drawing upon the wisdom of the past," said Matt Petersen, President of Global Green USA. "The impressive innovations show how to rebuild a healthier New Orleans. These homes, once built, will help improve the lives of families by lowering energy costs and improving the health of the residents." ....Pam Dashiell, President of the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association served as one of the design jury members and described the role of the community process throughout the competition saying, "these green building designs breathe new life into our communities; the amount of community input was incredible." ::Global Green Press Release
Jurors picking the short list said about the winner:
* This is a well thought out and integrated approach to ecological design. The result is a project that reduces energy demand, resulting in lower energy bills for those that live in the homes.
* The designers used a smart and efficient approach to energy using a heating and cooling system that combines natural ventilation with a geothermal system.
* The project features an innovative rainwater collection and recycling system, which reduces the potential for neighborhood flooding, provides resiliency in the event of future disasters, and provides environmental benefit.
* The planted trellises will help to cool the buildings and provide the residents an additional benefit that is aesthetically pleasing.