Frank Gehry’s Make It Right home unveiled!

Make It Right, founded by Brad Pitt to build sustainable homes for communities in need, is proud to announce the completion of the organization’s first home by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Gehry’s duplex design was completed this week in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood most devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This home is one of only 22 Gehry residences in the United States and the only Gehry home in Louisiana.

“I really believe in what Brad is doing for the community and was honored to be included,” said Frank Gehry. “I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans. I love the colors that the homeowner chose. I could not have done it better.”

Design features of the 1,780 square foot home include: front-to-back duplex organization allowing for maximum privacy between the homes, better flow of the interior spaces and a well-proportioned yard for each house; a waterproof solar canopy on the 510 square foot roof terrace and six additional canopied porches; open interior and exterior staircases; and oversized windows in the bedrooms.

The front house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms; the rear home has one bedroom and one bathroom. Bathrooms on both levels are stacked, staircases are stacked and the great room concept for living, dining and kitchen were included in the design for construction efficiency.

Here are some of the sustainable features of the Gehry home:

Legacy Cabinets use sustainably harvested wood and environmentally friendly production methods.

ECO by Cosentino countertops and surfacing material are composed of 75% recycled raw material, including glass, mirror, porcelain and a corn oil resin.

Hardwood Floors
Shaw EPIC Laminate Hardwood’s inner layer is made from post-industrial recycled content and uses approximately 50 percent less newly harvested wood than conventional alternatives. The wood flooring color is Wheel Wright Hickory.

Shaw Green Edge carpet is made from post-consumer nylon and can be recycled into new carpet at the end of its lifecycle. The carpet color used throughout the home is Biscuit.

Benjamin Moore’s Natura and Aura paints have zero VOCs and help create better air quality by eliminating off-gassing.
The exterior paint colors are Teacup Rose and Lily Lilac with Brilliant White trim. The interior colors of front home are Berber White, Manor Blue, Glowing Apricot and Sweet Daphne. The interior colors of the rear home are Roasted Sesame Seed, Kansas Grain and Manor Blue.

Lumos LSX frameless solar modules produce clean energy from the sun and double as a waterproof canopy to provide shade on the two rooftop terraces.

NICHIHA fiber cement board siding from Norandex is designed to last 50 years and withstand cracks, rot, hail damage and termites.

Framing lumber
ECOBLU wood, used in framing the home, is treated to resist moisture, mold, fungus, wood rot and wood-ingesting insects, including Formosan termites.

Metal Roofs
26 gauge metal roofs used on the lower porches absorb less heat, reduce the need to cool a home by at least 20 percent and require minimal maintenance.

Unico System is a small-duct central heating and air conditioning system that utilizes compact, modular air handlers and flexible tubing to heat or cool the home. Unico System is 1/3 the size of conventional HVAC systems and can fit into smaller spaces, saving both material and labor costs.

Tankless Water Heater
Noritz tankless water heaters heat water instantaneously and are at least 80 percent more energy efficient than conventional heaters, reducing the homeowner’s annual water heating cost by about 50 percent.

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  1. Okay, I don’t think anyone’s taken this siosruely yet, so How about, hydro-electric, geothermal steam, wind turbines, augmentative passive solar, such as water heating and daylighting (somwhat different then solar lighting, or skylighting, although skylights count.) Also let’s not forget rain harvesting, and gray-water usage.these save water, and energy from a treatment, billing, delivery standpoint.Now that I asnwered the name other part: challenges, what happens when there is no sun/wind/water-flowing, if you have all of these, it won’t happen that often, but when it does, are batteries a practical solution? Won’t they eventually wind up in land-fill off-gasing? If you only use one or two of the 3 majors, what about when any of those aren’t available? Availability is still a big concern, hopefully that will be the next stock-market bubble and drive a massive influx of green-products.The common challenges with non-renewables, rather than starting from an environmental standpoint, how about we start with what they’re called. NON-RENEWABLE, eventually we will run out. It’s theorized that we’ve found all oil on earth, and will start a downward turn on production by somtime in 2008 or 2009. Aside from that, there’s the obvious global warming issues.O hope this helps some.

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