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Energy Efficient Homes in New Orleans, Louisiana

As part of the rebuilding effort in New Orleans, Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) partnered with two of the largest builders in the area—Green Coast Enterprises and Habitat for Humanity—to encourage home builders to meet efficiency goals in the city's largely low-income residential areas.

Technical assistance activities included developing cost-neutral energy-efficient design recommendations for these homes, which Green Coast Enterprises and Habitat for Humanity used to build high-performance, affordable homes in New Orleans' hot-humid climate.

Green Coast Enterprises

DOE/NREL worked with Building Science Corporation to provide technical assistance to Project Home Again to achieve DOE's Builders Challenge efficiency levels in more than 100 new homes. Lessons learned are being used by the builder, Green Coast Enterprises, for future work with a Salvation Army effort to build 125 homes to meet Builders Challenge efficiency levels. Read about Green Coast Enterprises in the High Performance Builder Spotlight: Green Coast Enterprises brochure.

Habitat for Humanity

DOE/NREL also worked with Florida Solar Energy Center to assist the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, the largest builder in the greater New Orleans area, to improve energy efficiency in their homes to achieve ENERGY STAR® levels while also improving moisture resistance and home sealing. Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity has completed more than 60 homes each year.

These rebuilding efforts support DOE's Building Technologies Program goals of 220,000 high-performance homes by 2012, and Building America's goal of reducing home energy use by 30%-50%.

Download publications related to rebuilding and retrofitting homes in New Orleans.