Dec 10, 2009 12:00 PM by Veronica White

Latest "Green" Housing in Acadiana

The latest in "green" technology has arrived in Acadiana. The company iSpace has teamed up with Louisiana System Built Homes of St. Martinville to build up-and-coming green homes.

This project has been a work in progress for four years. It started after Hurricane Katrina, when iSpace realized the need for housing in these situations. The homes can withstand hurricanes-- they can sustain 170-mile-an-hour winds.

The homes are also energy efficient. A person living in a single unit would have an energy bill of just $12 a month. Some of the features are a 2-flush setting on the toilet and an energy-saving air conditioner.

The houses are also stackable and transportable-- features the companies hope to bring to UL for college housing. A model was on display Thursday, where students, faculty, and others in the area were able to see it all first-hand.

"They can stack 20 or 40 of these and 10 years from now, when there may be a better use for the land, they don't have to demolish the dorms, they can just move them over and utilize that space," said John Landry of LASBH.

All the materials are green, such as bamboo, used for the cabinets. None of the materials contain Formaldehyde or other potentially unhealthy components.

Manager of iSpace, Phil Nugent, a Lafayette native, says the best part about the project is that it is at home.

"One thing I think is a real blessing is to have found what we need in our own backyard and with the people of Acadiana," he said.

However, they do want to expand. They already have contracts in the works for Texas, Mississippi, and even Mexico.

"The international businesses are already starting to come to us, which is good for St. Martinville, Acadiana, and our state," says Nugent.



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