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New Orleans Model Home Introduces New Era in Sustainable and Hurricane Resistant Construction

 The “Sunshower SSIP House” New Orleans’ model home designed by REOSE Sustainable Design Competition winners architects Judith Kinnard and Tiffany Lin opens demonstrating the latest in green design. 

A new era in green and durable construction will be unveiled in New Orleans on Wednesday, March 21st. The completion of this award-winning REOSE Sunshower SSIP model is a milestone in sustainable technology and construction. The completed home, designed by Tulane University professors of architecture, Judith Kinnard and Tiffany Lin, can withstand extreme weather conditions, including hurricane-force winds and incorporates the latest energy-efficient and water-saving technologies. The home located at 222 Harrison Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood has an innovative look and incorporates the latest in durable materials and efficient design concepts for a highly integrated housing model that is an ideal solution for mass global housing needs and emergency disaster relief response.

The planning, production, and future of this project is the combined efforts of four leading New Orleans companies including Oceansafe, Woodward Design+Build, C&G Construction, and the Regen Group. Each sponsoring company represents a key role in the process, from engineering to community planning, effectively approaching housing from start to finish.

REOSE will showcase the home and provide an overview of its unique first-of-its-kind features, materials and technologies on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Architects, engineers, contractors and the over 60 vendors (Link to Participating Vendors) involved with the project will be recognized for their donations and contributions.  Demonstrations of materials and equipment, customized and other informational activities will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. with a special presentation at 11:30 am.

According to Vincent Basilice, CEO of Oceansafe, “The Sunshower SSIP model home is a remarkable example of cooperation and advances that have been made in green building.  The companies that participated in this project are to be commended for their commitment to sustainability.  The ‘Sunshower’ is an attractive home; its design is smart and functional in terms of energy efficiency and ability to weather the toughest storms and adverse environmental conditions.  Now that the model has been completed, we can truly appreciate the winning design that was submitted in the 2010 REOSE Sustainable Design Competition. We can all take pride in the strides made in sustainable building that this structure represents.”

Demonstrations during the Wednesday, March 21st media day event will showcase the hurricane resistant and energy efficient qualities of the building envelope, as well as sustainable aspects including solar and rainwater collection equipment utilized in the home. Guided tours by the architects, builders and vendors will be available to demonstrate the unique qualities of this first-of-its-kind home. Product displays, photo-slideshows, and material samples will be available for the media and visitors. Over the next several months international, national and local government officials, green building organizations, and educational institutes will have the opportunity to tour Sunshower SSIP model. These officials will not only be viewing the high performance sustainable technology of the home, but will have the opportunity to meet with the entire team, including the vendors.

The Sunshower SSIP model uses only readily available and standard building materials that fit into a single cargo container. The kit includes all the materials required to achieve a safe, healthy, comfortable and enduring level of building performance, while meeting all of its energy and water needs even in extreme environments. The REOSE containerized kit concept is an ideal solution for mass global housing needs and emergency disaster relief response; using a sincere approach to producing a practical, economical, and attainable option for the housing marketplace.

For more information about this historic “Green” home building project, its history, new videos and photos and information about participating vendors visit:

To download the PDF of this Press Release click below.

Grand Opening Press Release Sunshower_03-16-12.

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‘Dozens of Local Businesses Collaborate to Create One-Of-A-Kind, Next Generation, Green, Durable Home’


New Orleans, LA – September 27, 2011 – An unprecedented demonstration of local business collaboration is taking place now in New Orleans.  More than two dozen local construction professionals, design firms, vendors, and product specialists, led by Oceansafe, the The ReGen Group, Woodward Design+Build,, and C&G Construction have joined together to build the Sunshower SSIP model home.  This one-of-a-kind home, designed by architects Judith Kinnard and Tiffany Lin, winners of the 2010 REOSE Sustainable Design Competition, is being constructed at 222 Harrison Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood of New

“The success of this project comes from the dedication of our local project preferred vendors.  All the materials to build this unique home are being donated.  This is a clear example of the understanding and the commitment to the future of green construction.  At the project site we are demonstrating that green, durable building can be done easily, quickly and with local partners.   It is clear that the rebuilding of New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina has been a catalyst for developing new materials and new methods of building.  The team involved will demonstrate that it is possible to build homes that protect life and reduce our impact on the environment quickly and economically,” said Joseph Basilice, President of Oceansafe.  Orleans, LA. All the materials and much of the labor needed to build this unique home have been donated by local businesses.  The participating businesses are also providing their expertise and staff to make this project a reality and a local project of national and international importance.  Once completed the Sunshower SSIP model home will show how the New Orleans’ building community is leading the way for sustainable and durable building.

The wide range of materials, building supplies and equipment being provided for the project by preferred vendors include Steel Structural Insulated Panels (SSIPs) for the exterior wall and roof, light weight steel framing, custom cabinetry, windows and doors, bathroom fixtures, hardware, paint, concrete, drywall, electrical supplies, an eco-friendly bed mattress, green landscaping design, sustainable features such as solar panels and rainwater collection systems and many more.  When completed the REOSE prize winning home design will demonstrate how innovation in the United States will transform green and durable construction around the globe.

The project site is presented to members of the construction and building community, the media, students and the public.  The site displays the latest in green technology, materials, and building design.  With the help of preferred New Orleans local vendors, everyone will have the opportunity to see what a truly sustainable home looks like and experience what it would be like to live in one. Onsite property tours are also available by appointment. For a full list of project vendors go to: https://oceansafereose.wordpress.com/vendor-spotlight/. This site also offers regular updates and photos of the project and its progress.

About the Project   

OceanSafe, the premier manufacturer of durable and energy-efficient Steel Structural Insulated Panels; The ReGen Group, sustainable design consultants; C&G Construction, a leading green residential and commercial contractor; and Woodward Design+Build, the largest Design + Build contractor in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast Region have entered into a strategic partnership to produce this winning model, REOSE’s first sustainable prototype in New Orleans. The four associated companies are poised to manufacture, package, sell and market fully functional sustainable building kits in the US and abroad.

About REOSE

Each REOSE home building kit includes all the materials required to achieve a safe, healthy, comfortable, and enduring level of building performance, while meeting all of its energy and water needs even in extreme environments. Sponsoring companies have agreed to donate the materials and equipment for the interior and exterior of the dwelling, and to also collaborate as to renewable energy components, HVAC, lighting, decking and interior framing, windows, doors, furniture, cabinets, appliances, flooring, and home décor for the project.

To download the PDF of this Press Release click below.

Press Release_Local Business Join with REOSE

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‘REOSE Showcasing Sustainable Prototype Containerized Housing Development’

New Orleans’ Sustainable Home Model to Promote Green Materials, Appliances, Equipment, and Furnishings that can be packaged and shipped internationally.

New Orleans, LA, August 9, 2011 – The construction of the Sunshower SSIP Models designed by architects Judith Kinnard and Tiffany Lin, winners of the 2010 REOSE Sustainable Design Competition, is underway in New Orleans. “This design stood out as a model that was both attractive in appearance, but also smart and functional in terms of energy efficiency and ability to weather the toughest storms and conditions,” said Joseph Basilice, President of Oceansafe. OceanSafe, the premier manufacturer of durable and energy-efficient Steel Structural Insulated Panels, The ReGen Group, sustainable design consultants, C&G Construction, a leading green residential and commercial contractor, and Woodward Design+Build, the largest Design + Build contractor in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast Region have entered into a strategic partnership to produce this winning model, REOSE’s first sustainable prototype in New Orleans. The four associated companies are poised to begin to manufacture, package, sell and market fully functional sustainable building kits in the US and abroad.

The REOSE Sunshower SSIP Model is located at 222 Harrison Avenue in the Lakeview Neighborhood of New Orleans, LA. The rapid construction of this model will take place over the next several weeks and will be the premier example of green and sustainable construction. Builders, local and international dignitaries, green building organizations, media and people from around the world will be provided opportunities to tour the project and be present for building milestones. The public will experience the latest in green technology, materials and building design.  With the help of preferred vendors, everyone will see what a truly sustainable home looks like and experience what it would be like to live in one. Onsite property tours are available by appointment.

Each REOSE home building kit includes all the materials required to achieve a safe, healthy, comfortable and enduring level of building performance, while meeting all of its energy and water needs, even in extreme environments. Sponsoring companies have agreed to donate the materials and equipment for the interior and exterior of the dwelling, and to also collaborate as to renewable energy components, HVAC, lighting, decking and interior framing, windows, doors, furniture, cabinets, appliances, flooring, and home décor for the project.

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