Going Green in New Orleans with Net Zero house
May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 Mr. August Valentine used a golden shovel to break ground on his new “Net Zero” home. For Mr. Valentine, a long time Lower Ninth Ward resident, coming back to live in his old neighborhood wasn’t a matter of “if” but of “when and in what”?
He chose an energy efficient design from Road Home Builders built to the new Sunconomy™ standard which met his need of significant savings on his electric bill, a healthy house to live in and a strong house able to withstand 150 mph winds that the Gulf of Mexico can sometimes throw at local residents. Also important to him was the area in his back yard available for his garden. He wants fruit trees, herbs, vegtables and flowers and was willing to give up some house square footage to get his garden. He has a green thumb to go along with his green house.
To share in his joyous return trip to the neighborhood were Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis, her chief of staff Clarance Bickham, Pastor Dr. Eugene Mitchell of First Pilgrim Jerusalem Economic Development Corp., Ms. Johnell Colbert, Director of Housing Division Ministries, Larry Haines, President of Road Home Builders, LLC and Eddie Beard, Construction Manager with Road Home Builders, LLC.