Homes of Tomorrow, Today

Chris Ledet Homes

3. Good Health and Well-Being 7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Overview

Chris Ledet Homes has two innovations, they use a program to eliminate paper usage and increase efficiency, and they use geothermal properties to cool the homes and heat water.

Authors

Matthew Ledet

Matthew Ledet

Jonathan Ricks

Jonathan Ricks

Alex Gros

Alex Gros

Kade Sonnier

Kade Sonnier

Chrystal Ezechukwu

Chrystal Ezechukwu

School

Nicholls State University

Nicholls State University

Professor

Christopher Castille

Christopher Castille

Innovation

The program they run connects all the clients and contractors immediately, no matter location. By improving how projects are managed, the software they use helps eliminate the need for paper in terms of processing projects (e.g., processing paychecks).

The geothermal system uses the earth’s crust to both keep the air cool and heat water. Compared to other kinds of builds, this source of energy allows energy costs to be reduced in ways that benefit the environment and save money in the long term.

Homes of Tomorrow, Today

Inspiration

These innovations were viewed as opportunities to help Chris Ledet Homes differentiate themselves from other construction companies, be more environmentally responsible in their business practices, and enabling them to help supply more local contractors with more work.


Overall impact

Chris Ledet wrote on the company’s blog, “Eco-friendly means choosing products that not only have less impact on the environment, but also support the environment where you and your family live — outside and in. We look at things like using renewable materials as well as ways to keep pollutants out of your home.” These innovations combined help Chris Ledet Homes fulfill that goal, while also helping them supply more local contractors with more work.

Business benefit

The program that Chris Ledet Homes uses not only keeps track of everything on the cloud, in real time, but also enables Mr. Ledet to post jobs for local contractors to bid on. He can help clients budget out how much they can spend on what, and it lets the company to take on more jobs with less effort. “At my peak I was running 14 projects by myself,” Paul Ledet recalled. “Most people would probably need 2/3 project managers out there to be watching all of that.” There’s no need for him to even leave his office. All progress is reported to him through the program where immediate feedback can be given. Because of this, Chris Ledet Homes is able to eliminate paper use, cut down on gas usage, and connect more local contractors to more jobs.

Social and environmental benefit

“This way, your AC unit isn’t having to work to cool the air off using freon,” Mr Ledet explained, “All it has to do is blow the cold air through. The water used in the system also comes out pretty hot, so that water is stored away for later use on demand.” This geothermal system is noise free, built to last, and you can get a federal tax break for it.


Interview

Paul Ledet, Owner

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Chris Ledet Homes

Chris Ledet Homes

Houma, LA, US

Business Website: https://chrisledethomes.com

Year Founded: 1983

Number of Employees: 2 to 10

Chris Ledet Homes is a home construction company in Thibodaux, LA. They focus on low cost, quick, efficient construction and use geothermal energy to heat and cool houses.