USGBC 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition: Small, Green, Affordable

Entrants will design an affordable, 800 square foot green home for an elderly client in the Broadmoor, New Orleans neighborhood. Winners will be announced after the top 4 entries have been constructed, inhabited and evaluated.

Category Project Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Project, Students or Age Restriction , Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Housing
Country New Orleans, United States
RegDeadline 31 May 2010 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
31 May 2010 (via Online)
Eligibility Student Category: Students (18 years of age or older) enrolled in a full-time, the fields relating to residential design and building/ Emerging Professional Category: no more than 5 years out of most recent schooling and be employed in one of the fields r

Through its EnviRenew initiative, The Salvation Army is kicking off a large-scale residential green building campaign in 5 neighborhoods in New Orleans, facilitating the construction of 125 new homes and the renovation of 125 existing homes over the next 3 years through the provision of grant financing to homebuyers and homeowners. EnviRenew identifies sustainability as a critical component of comprehensive neighborhood recovery and engages green building issues within broader discussions regarding affordable housing, community capacity, neighborhood renewal and storm-resilience.
The Salvation Army and the U.S. Green Building Council recognize that financially vulnerable individuals, families, and neighborhoods are particularly in need of the benefits that sustainable design and green building practices bring. This partnership challenges entrants to design homes that demonstrate both short-term and long-term affordability, a high quality of life for their residents, and replicable strategies that contribute to our understanding of how to build affordably, efficiently and with minimal impact on the environment.
Entries are requested for the design of an affordable single-family home that meets the requirements of USGBC’s LEED for Homes Platinum-level certification and contains between 720 and 880 square feet of living space. The client for each home will be an elderly individual or couple in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans. The home must be designed with this client in mind, as well guests and future homebuyers. 4 home designs will be chosen: 2 student designs and 2 emerging professional designs.

The jury will be comprised of architects, landscape architects, planners, builders, community advocates and neighborhood residents.

4 designs will be selected: 2 student and 2 emerging professional entries. Selected designers will travel to New Orleans to develop their designs in collaboration with builders and residents.

Entry Fee
Student: $25(early registration), $50(standard registration)
Emerging Professional: $50(early registration), $75(standard registration)

Project Description Text and 2 Presentation Boards (24"x36") and Cost Estimation and LEED for Homes project checklist

Chapters Host Local Awards Ceremonies: Month of July 2010
Local Finalist Projects Posted at Open Architecture Network and USGBC: Month of July 2010
4 Design Finalists Notified: August 29, 2010
All Projects Notified of Status: September 3, 2010
Public Unveiling of 4 Design Finalists at Greenbuild Chicago: November 2010

The Salvation Army and the U.S. Green Building Council

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