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USGBC 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition

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The Salvation Army joins the U.S. Green Building Council this year in hosting USGBC‘s 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition, with the theme Small, Green, Affordable. Entrants will design an affordable, 800 square foot green home for an elderly client in the Broadmoor, New Orleans neighborhood. Winners will be announced after the top four entries have been constructed, inhabited and evaluated.


Entries are requested for the design of an affordable single-family home that meets the requirements of USGBC’s LEED for Homes Platinum-level certification and contains between 720 and 880 square feet of living space. The client for each home will be an elderly individual or couple in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans. The home must be designed with this client in mind, as well guests and future homebuyers. Four home designs will be chosen: two student designs and two emerging professional designs.


  • Nov 2009—Competition Announced at Greenbuild
  • Jan 4, 2010—Registration Opens
  • Mar 1, 2010—Early Registration Deadline
  • May 31, 2010—Final Registration Deadline
  • May 31, 2010—Project Submissions Due
  • July 2010—Chapters Host Local Awards Ceremonies
  • July 2010—Local Finalist Projects Posted at Open Architecture Network and USGBC
  • Aug 29, 2010—Four Design Finalists Notified
  • Sep 3, 2010—All Projects Notified of Status
  • Nov 2010—Public Unveiling of Four Design Finalists at Greenbuild Chicago

Judging Criteria

  • Considers the neighborhood context, as determined by the jury (includes Broadmoor resident(s))
  • Interior Design and Smart Flow
  • Provides a realistic cost estimate that does not exceed $100,000.00 US
  • Demonstrates an ability to achieve LEED Platinum rating, with emphasis placed on lower occupancy costs including utilities and maintenance
  • Demonstrates inclusive design with specific focus on the elderly
  • Thoughtful methods for educating occupants about energy and water use are included
  • Includes hurricane-resistance, with specified 150mph wind rating and window protections

Admission fee: $50

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