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The Shortlist for Jan. 2

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Brad Pitt's Make It Right houses are starting to rotAs many as 30 of the 100 houses Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation built in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward following Hurricane Katrina's devastation are starting to fall apart. Speaking to the New Orleans Advocate, Make It Right spokeswoman Taylor Royle said that the organization may pursue legal action against the maker of a glass-infused wood that was used in many of the homes. The wood was sold as a greener alternative to chemically-treated, moisture-resistant wood, and was used in the porches and decks of houses built between 2008 and 2010."In trying to be sustainable and green, we didn't want to use decking lumber that had chemicals in it," said Royle. But the TimberSIL wood, which was guaranteed to last for 40 years, is already starting to rot. "It was unable to withstand moisture, which obviously is a big problem in New Orleans," she said. Built for lower income residents, the houses were all constructed to be energy efficient and as green as possible, while also staying within a low price point for buyers. Newer homes have not been built with the TimberSIL wood."Make It Right is ambitious and tries new things all the time in order to make our homes better," Brad Pitt said in a statement. "Where we find innovative products that didn't perform, we move quickly to correct these things for our homeowners."
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