The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina provided New Orleans with a unique opportunity to rebuild their homes, schools and neighborhoods in a green and sustainable way. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates that if all new commercial and residential buildings are built with green building techniques, the energy savings could be significant. The LSU AgCenter Home Improvement Guide provides ways to make your home stronger, safer and smarter with energy-saving and hazard-resistant upgrades for remodeling or restoration. One of the most important things to consider when building in New Orleans is to build for humidity.
The Building Science Book for Building in Hot Climates with 26% Humidity is an excellent resource for this. Four years after Hurricane Katrina, a group of eco-minded government employees, nonprofit organizations, volunteers and celebrities (such as Brad Pitt) have helped transform the city into the frontier of a new green revolution. Green building techniques can be used to make homes more energy efficient, reduce water consumption, improve indoor air quality, and reduce waste. Some of the most popular green building techniques include:
- Installing energy-efficient windows and doors
- Using sustainable materials such as bamboo or recycled materials
- Installing solar panels or other renewable energy sources
- Using low-flow fixtures to reduce water consumption
- Installing insulation to reduce energy costs
If you are considering a home remodeling project in New Orleans, it is important to research the various green building techniques available and determine which ones are best suited for your project. With careful planning and research, you can create a home that is both beautiful and sustainable.