Sadly, empty, boarded-up houses still overpower the landscape of many of the streets in New Orleans.
The scene on most streets shows courageous residents rebuilding even as neighboring homes remain abandoned.
Spray-painted marks such as this, still visible on the exteriors of abandoned and even many occupied homes throughout New Orleans, were used for search-and-rescue purposes following Hurricane Katrina. Coding identified whether the homes had been searched and if people (alive or deceased) were found.
After undergoing damage from 7 feet of water, this pre-World War II home in Gentilly was remodeled with a range of green features, including low-flow faucets, a tankless water heater, CFLs, Bosch Energy Star-rated appliances, Energy Star-rated windows and rear door, open cell foam insulation in the walls and rafters, Price Pfister Water Sense-labeled bath faucets, recycled wall studs, a water filtration system, low-VOC living room paint, and Shaw Eco-green carpeting.
Built on the lot of a destroyed home, this house??s living space is raised 8 feet off the ground, with parking areas underneath. Treated wood is used throughout, the roof and siding are LifePine treated pine shakes, and the windows are Pella low-E units with argon gas fill.
Built on a vacant lot facing the fairgrounds (the site of Jazzfest), these two duplex condominiums were built with panelized steel walls prefabricated in a factory 30 miles west of New Orleans, including a 4-foot steel knee-wall foundation. The homes also feature fiber-cement siding, bamboo flooring, and raised-seam metal roofs. The structures are wired for tie-in to photovoltaics or backup generators so that a light in each room, the refrigerator, and ceiling fans can be used during power outages.
Green Coast's duplexes feature Enviroglas recycled-glass countertops in the bath and kitchen and Price Pfister Water Sense-labeled bath faucets.
Originally built around 1907, this shotgun-style house was gutted and remodeled following severe flood damage from Hurricane Katrina. Green features include Frigidaire's 23-SEER comfort system with iQ Drive, an Energy Star-rated system that optimizes comfort by controlling humidity; a tankless water heater; Energy Star-rated Bosch kitchen appliances; a dual-flush toilet; Benjamin Moore Aura paint; salvaged building materials; Demilec Agribalance spray foam on the rafters; and countertops made from heart pine reclaimed from a house destroyed by Katrina and remilled. The home's new wall system includes Benjamin Obdyke??s Home Slicker rainscreen to catch bulk moisture.
Though the brick fa??ade on this Gentilly neighborhood home remained in tact following Katrina, the rest of the dwelling, which sat under 10 feet of water, wasn't so lucky. The home was remodeled green with features including a tankless water heater, open-cell foam insulation, low-VOC interior paint, Energy Star-rated appliances, Shaw Epic green engineered wood flooring, low-flow faucets, and eco-friendly cabinets. Wall studs and scrap metal were recycled during the construction process.