Since 2005, New Orleans has had a particularly large boom in green building, where 4.53 million square feet of commercial space is LEED certified, reports CityBusiness.
Z Smith, director of sustainability and building performance for the architecture firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, said about 20 percent of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple’s work involves LEED certification, but nearly every project design at the firm involves some element of sustainability or energy efficiency. Cost is becoming less of a deciding factor when owners decide whether to pursue green techniques, he added.
Landis Construction’s first foray into LEED certification was in 2007 when the company partnered with Global Green to build affordable housing in the Holy Cross neighborhood. Over the past seven years, the firm has done at least one LEED project a year.
One of Landis’ upcoming green construction projects is the redevelopment of the 234 Loyola Building for Green Coast Enterprises and Crescent City Community Land Trust. The developers are converting the former office tower into affordable housing.
You can read more about the green building construction boom at CityBusiness.