Legacy Project

The Greenbuild 2014 Legacy Project was submitted by the Lower 9th Ward’s Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development. CSED’s Energy Efficiency Educational Center will be a community hub for green building and energy efficiency education.

With the donation of 5227 Chartres, the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) has the unique opportunity to remodel a 130 yr. old historic barge board house into an energy efficiency educational center (Center). The space will showcase energy efficiency upgrades and serve as an educational and training center for the community. The house will be remodeled keeping with its original barge board design. The Center will be equipped with truth windows giving visitors the ability to ‘peak through’ the construction and see types of energy efficient upgrades made to the house. Placards will accompany the truth windows explaining the energy efficient upgrades, their benefits, and amount of savings possible. Finally, the Center will have a room dedicated to teaching classes and DIY workshops for the community. 

The Center will showcase the technologies and techniques used in reconstruction that either borrow from the best of design from centuries past and/or demonstrate how the building is designed to last well into the future. The Center will pursue LEED Silver Certification. Each phase of improvement will be paired with a blower-door test in order to develop a database of replicable renovation estimates for each scope of work.

The Center is currently in progress. They have continued to move ahead with the renovation and most of the framing was completed last month through Historic Green’s Greening of the Ninth program. Greenbuild has provided Legacy funding to ensure the Center stays on track to be completed by Greenbuild in October and that it will be ready for conference attendees to tour.


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