New visiting hours set for LSU AgCenter ‘LaHouse’ demonstration home

Claudette Reichel, Gautreaux, Craig  |  11/21/2008 12:19:55 AM

News Release Distributed 11/20/08

LaHouse, the LSU AgCenter’s showcase demonstration home, is now open for visitors interested in seeing the latest innovations in home design specifically for Louisiana’s sub-tropical climate.

Hours of operation for LaHouse are Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the holiday season, LaHouse will be closed Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 24-Jan. 1.

Located on Gourrier Ave. adjacent to the LSU Golf Course, the home has elements that can be implemented in new home construction along with techniques that can be incorporated into existing homes, according to Claudette Reichel, LSU AgCenter housing specialist.

The home has many unique features including four different building systems, Reichel said.

“We’ve incorporated multiple types of construction to illustrate the options conducive to Louisiana,” Reichel said.

Reichel describes LaHouse as sustainable. This concept means the home is energy-efficient, more durable in that it can withstand hurricanes and flooding, and is healthier because of an increased focus on improving indoor air quality.

While oil prices have come off their summer highs, energy costs to heat and cool a home have continued to rise. LaHouse employs many ways to keep that monthly bill as low as possible.

“Some ways are low-end, such as installing a programmable thermostat, to more high-end techniques, such as using a geo-thermal pump for heating and cooling,” Reichel said.

Both builders and homeowners visit LaHouse, Reichel said. The garage area is actually a classroom where builders and contractors attend workshops about the latest advances in home construction.

Visitors to the home can see the inner workings of the house because of special features throughout the house.

“We have cutaways that demonstrate energy-efficiency and durability from hurricanes, floods, moisture and termites,” Reichel said.

The seven-acre site of LaHouse also serves as a demonstration of the trees and plants that do best in Louisiana’s climate and are drought-tolerant or require minimal moisture.

For more information on LaHouse, go to the LSU AgCenter Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com and click on LaHouse under Features.

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Contact: Claudette Reichel at (225) 578-4440, or creichel@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer: Craig Gautreaux at (225) 578-5673, or cgautreaux@agcenter.lsu.edu

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