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New Orleans Architects Chosen for Oceansafe/Regen Unique Sustainable Building Design Competition

REOSE LLC is hosting a unique Sustainable Design Competition for top New Orleans based architectural firms. The invitation-only list of leading New Orleans architectural firm competitors has been finalized and the competition is underway.

New Orleans, LA, June 17, 2010 --( Oceansafe, a leader in the design and manufacturer of high performance Steel SIP Green building system, and The ReGen Group, have joined together forming REOSE LLC. REOSE LLC is hosting a unique Sustainable Design Competition for top New Orleans based architectural firms. The invitation-only list of leading New Orleans architectural firm competitors has been finalized and the competition is underway.

Each selected firm will design sustainable buildings and dwellings using REOSE sustainable building kits. Each fully functional building kit includes all the materials required to achieve a safe, healthy, comfortable and enduring level of building performance, including meeting all of its energy and water needs, even in extreme environments such as New Orleans, Iraq, and Haiti. The building’s design must withstand extreme weather and environmental conditions including wildfires, hurricane winds, earthquakes, insect infestations, pollen, mold and mildew.

“We have decided to host this competition to assist sustainable design professionals in learning more about the REOSE building system and exploring its versatility. Each kit fits into a standard shipping container and offers a complete sustainable building solution for regions facing challenges resulting from extreme weather and environmental conditions. Competitors will have an opportunity to show their skills and ingenuity in creating designs using our materials,” said Joseph Basilice President of Oceansafe.

The competition will be judged by a team, chaired by internationally recognized and founding US Green Building Council Board Member Bill Reed, of Regenesis and the Integrative Design Collaborative in Boston, Massachusetts.

The elite architectural firms selected for this competition include: AEDS (Ammar Eloueini Digit-All Studio); bild DESIGN; Billes Architecture; Judith Kinnard; Mathes Brierre Architects; Trapolin-Peer Architects and Wisznia Architecture + Development.

“We are both pleased and excited to be involved in all aspects of re-building New Orleans, but this opportunity to design single-family housing using the latest sustainable techniques has energized our whole staff,” said Creed W. Brierre, FAIA President.

The competition winner will be announced on July 16, 2010. The winning design will be constructed in New Orleans and open for public viewing in early August 2010. Additionally REOSE has agreed to host international delegations from Romania, Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Italy, and Africa to view the model and discuss specifics of designs that would be custom tailored to their specific end-uses (single family homes, multi-family apartments, schools, clinics, orphanages and public and private office buildings), climates and environmental challenges.

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Oceansafe Housing: is a manufacturer of steel structural insulated panels, committed to the sustainable rebuilding of New Orleans, with ongoing building projects here and throughout the Gulf and Caribbean Regions. Its reach is also worldwide, in providing immediate and permanent volume solutions to both housing and commercial infrastructure needs, with a commitment to quality, exacting material standards and functional sustainability in every building they sell. The concept behind OceanSafe Building Systems or SSIPS (Steel Structural Insulated Panels) is both simple and revolutionary. The product consists of galvalume panels, combined with an expanded polystyrene core (EPS), and assembled with a patented snap-together system that makes them highly resistant to the traditional destructive forces of nature, resulting in a finished building that is truly green and enduringly sustainable with unprecedented warranties, energy savings, and insurance reductions. For more information please see:

The ReGen Group: is a diverse collection of engineers, architects, planners, disaster recovery and sustainable design professionals. The Group formed in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and took leadership roles in the planning, public/private policy and community rebuilding process. Having helped advance issues like risk-based insurance, sustainable design/performance standards, energy and environmental policy, recovery planning, community redevelopment, renewable energy incentives, net metering, green utility formation, and Federal and State Grant writing teams. The Group’s mission is simply, “we empower sustainable life”. We seek to accomplish our mission by combining cutting edge “deep well” technologies, global redevelopment experience and an uncompromising “can do” attitude, to inform, and hold accountable, the highest level of public policy, community and disaster redevelopment of place. For additional information please see:
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