Skip to comments.Katrina Victims Say Brad Pitt's Charity Homes Are Already Rotting
Posted on 01/03/2014 8:51:24 PM PST by Steelfish
Katrina Victims Say Brad Pitt's Charity Homes Are Already Rotting By Heather Alexander, Houston Chronicle January 2, 2014
Actor Brad Pitt visits the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans during a trip to lobby government officials to increase the speed of re-construction on July 13, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pitt and Global Green USA created a sustainable design architecture competition to showcase affordable, energy-efficient construction.
Actor Brad Pitt visits the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans during a trip to lobby government officials to increase the speed of re-construction on July 13, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pitt and Global Green USA created a sustainable design architecture competition to showcase affordable, energy-efficient construction. The competition drew entries from around the world. Brad Pitt's charity home builders are replacing timber used on dozens of properties built in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina because the wood used on them is rotting.
To date, 100 have been built. Wood used for decking and steps is now rotting, according to a charity spokesperson.
"It was unable to withstand moisture, which is obviously a big problem in New Orleans," Taylor Royle told the New Orleans Advocate.
"This doesn't usually happen," Royle went on, "Most of the (new products) work, and they're great, and we're always testing new products to see if they can help make the homes more sustainable, more affordable or both."
The charity prides itself on making safe and sustainable houses, their website says they meet the highest level of certification offered by the Green Building Council.
Brad Pitt reportedly met President Barack Obama at the White House to promote green housing projects and his Make it Right program has been award winning.
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I give Pitt a little credit for actually DOING something with the money; far too many ‘charities’ blow it all on salaries. They could have executed it better, but the good intent was there.
So you give someone a house and they can’t do basic maintenance after 10years?
I guess it wouldn’t occur to these people to fix and or replace things that are broken.
I remember us buying an old but very comfortable house back in the 60s. He had my Brothers and me going around coating it with coppersote.
I guess the idea was preventive maintenance as it showed no signs of rot.
Public housing always looks like crap ten years after people move into it. Heaven forbid people buy and then apply some Thompsons or DTS Water seal every spring.
I think that explains it.
They didn’t build it and expect someone else to take care of it.
Snapshot of the futility of liberalism. People simply don’t appreciate something they were given as opposed to something they achieved with their own labors. Also environmentalists must obey the laws of physics whatever their politics.
This recalls something I heard years ago:
People buying for themselves with their own money care about price and quality.
People buying for themselves with the money of others care about quality but not price.
People buying for others with their own money care about price but not quality.
People buying for others with the money of others care about neither quality nor price.
At least it felt good, and the termites received high-quality organic feed.
It’s been a while since I last read Atlas Shrugged but this is a scene straight out of that book.
They used some form of wood composite decking. If I remember correctly it is having the same problem in other places. I no longer see this decking product when I go to the lumber yard.
This is not a Brad Pitt issue, this is the problem of the architect that drew up the specifications. Brad Pitt doesn’t have a clue on what is or is not a suitable product for a home in a moist area. He just helped raise money for the project. (An admirable thing to my mind.)
I liked the way that some of those houses looked. Some were goofy, but better looking than the long narrow houses they replaced. New Orleans is still a wreck. They should evaculate the lower parishes and flood them for a turning basin.
from the lyrics of Shania Twain
Okay, so you’re Brad Pitt
That don’t impress me much
they were free people, does it have to come with a warranty get a folking job and fix the damn thing
The real victims of Katrina are the US taxpayers.
Always use pressure treated wood in the South when using it outside and PT wood suitable for ground contact when exposed to termites.
I don’t blame Brad Pitt for this. Now, if it was Sean Penn....
long narrow houses - shotgun houses
You racist, homophobe!
I suspect the homeowners didn’t take care of the homes. Don’t expect Brad Pitt to have to come over and maintain them.
Lazy do-nothing assholes. The storm was a decade ago! Act like an adult, and fix your own damn wood rot problems.
Yep. One would think they’d show a bit of initiative and do some periodic surface maintenance on the wood. But then, aren’t these the same schlubs who, instead of helping themselves and their families before and during Katrina, chose instead to sit on their fat asses and bitch about how da gub’mint ain’t he’ppin’ fas’ enuf?
“Now just LOOK at the molars on this horse you’re giving me. I can’t believe you think I’d accept a free horse with such shoddy oral hygiene. “
My guess is shoddy construction and some shoddy materials. There were probably tons of workers, some inexperienced, who were only interested in knocking these places out at fast as they could, with Brad's encouragement. Lack of attention to details leads to water infiltration. In a humid climate, it never dries out. Mildew and rot follows quickly.
Many of the new and “green” building materials have, by definition, no history of how well they will stand up, particularly to moisture and humidity. And when they do develop a record, it usually isn’t good.
One example is OSB. It has largely replaced plywood in construction. It is both cheaper and “green,” since it can be made from smaller pieces of wood that would otherwise be waste.
It is entirely comparable in performance to plywood as long as it stays dry. Repeated wetting, as around windows, and it will quite literally disintegrate. Highly elevated humidity will also cause it to disintegrate eventually.
We once removed leaking EIFS stucco from a home exterior. Most of the sheathing under the EIFS was OSB, but there were a few sheets of plywood.
The plywood sections were discolored but structurally sound. Most of the OSB could be pulled apart with fingers.
The manufacture response is that the material is supposed to remain dry. My response: What is the chance that a building will get wet at some point over its theoretically 100 year life?
It’s unfair to blame either Pitt or, probably, the owners of these properties.
These were defective materials. Any composite material assembled with cellulose and no anti-fungal agents, then exposed to NO rain and humidity will rot. Don’t know the specifics, but probably there is no practical maintenance method that would have prevented the decay.
TimberSIL which isn't treated with chemicals so it can be mulched at the end of its 'lifecycle', was used for the decks and stairs of these 9th ward homes.
The wood was also sold with a 40 year guarantee.
“There were probably tons of workers, some inexperienced, “
Probably lots of Mexicans.
Like paint for instance?
Heaven forbid the Urban Feral recipients of these homes actually get off of their government cheese fed asses and actually make an effort to maintain their free homes.
Typical Section 8 mentality. They live in squalor and make ZERO effort to clean and maintain that which has been given to them.
Even feral cats clean themselves. Animals in the wild clean and maintain their dens and nests.
Credit if the task was to provide housing.
No credit if the task was to push “green” housing.
It's not quite clear to me which one was being done in this case.