See Live LaHouse Demonstrations on July 14

Claudette Reichel, Benedict, Linda F.  |  7/6/2006 8:49:45 PM

News Release Distributed 07/05/06

Homeowners and home builders will get an opportunity to see live demonstrations of hurricane-resistant and moisture-control building techniques and materials on July 14 at the LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Resource Center, which is on Gourrier Ave. near the LSU golf course (off of Nicholson Drive at the southeast edge of the LSU campus).

Dubbed “LaHouse LIVE,” the free event will give participants an opportunity to see first-hand the latest in best building practices and learn about code updates and other building science-related information from nationally recognized home building experts. Hands-on method demonstrations in a large air-conditioned tent will showcase building systems and products for high wind-loads, weather barriers, door and window options, historical building designs and more.

LSU AgCenter housing specialist Dr. Claudette Reichel said LaHouse is the ideal site to host the event because the structure is in mid-construction and incorporates many of the latest building materials designed for the Gulf Coast climate.

“The LaHouse project will provide the perfect platform for this hurricane-resistant construction demonstration. Many of the LaHouse goals are similar – more comfort, durability, better health with less energy, water usage and damage from natural hazards,” Reichel said.

“For builders in the Gulf as well as the Atlantic Coast, hurricanes Katrina and Rita served as a wake-up call,” said Jeff Burton, a building code expert with the Institute for Building and Health Safety (INHS). Burton said “LaHouse LIVE” serves as a chance to not only see the latest best-building practices, but an opportunity to ask national experts on the latest developments.

The event is one of four elements in a nationwide initiative called the Hurricane-Resistant Construction Project, a construction industry initiative being led by Building Media Inc. in partnership with LaHouse Resource Center and home building industry sponsors. The other three components are:

– “Hurricane Construction Network” (, a web-based site for the latest information on hurricane-resistant buildings.

– “Code College Network” (, an Internet-based video training program geared toward builders and design professionals.

– “Hurricane-Resistant Construction Guidebook,” a building code reference for builders in hurricane-prone areas.

LaHouse LIVE is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast and tour of LaHouse. The demonstrations begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m. It’s free, but all participants are asked to please pre-register online at

For more information about the schedule of demonstrations and presentations, go to the Seminars and Events link at


Claudette Reichel at (225) 578-4440 or

Craig Gautreaux at (225) 578-5670 or

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