As a program of the Preservation Resource Center and a proponent of environmentally friendly practices, Rebuilding Together New Orleans is proud to incorporate building techniques and materials that not only preserve architectural history, but reduce the impact on the environment and improve the quality of life of homeowners.
Through a grant award from Entergy, RTNO was able to start the Rebuilding Together Energy Efficiency Initiative to help homeowners reduce their energy bills. Through simple modifications, this green effort creates a model for sustainable historic preservation, minimizing the negative impact on the environment and decreasing utility costs.
RTNO uses only low-VOC paint on all of its projects. Volatile Organic Compounds, especially in indoor areas can be toxic and have been linked to several adverse health conditions. Part of the mission of RTNO is to improve the quality of life of the homeowners we work with and that includes steps to create a healthier living space.
Recycling and reusing materials on sites lessons RTNO’s carbon footprint, keeps toxic byproducts from being created through new material production and reduces the amount of materials sent to landfills. When new materials are necessary, RTNO makes every effort to continue its mission of green building. For example, bamboo flooring, a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional wood flooring, is used in all flooring projects.
Reglazing original windows and doors, using weather stripping and installing radiant barrier helps to lower energy costs and are inexpensive ways to improve a home’s insulation. These steps also have a very low negative impact on the environment and are great ways to weatherize homes while also preserving architectural elements
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