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(07/28/16) The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center presents hurricane and flood information at open house.
Wind Hazard Zones for Louisiana.
(07/13/16) The LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will highlight resilient home solutions at an open house on July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Slides of a presentation developed to provide insight into the interactions of spray foam insulation, unvented attics, HVAC and moisture in homes -- to achieve high energy-efficiency and comfort without creating moisture problems and health hazards.
These links lead to a plethora of information on the latest construction technology.
Contractors are required to maintain Lead-Safe certification for the EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). You play an important role in preventing lead poisoning!
You can keep shallow flood water out of a slab-on-grade home using plastic sheeting supported by the wall of the building or on special stands away from the wall. This is an emergency protection measure that is more effective than using sandbags, but does require advance preparation.
LaHouse is open to walk-in visitors Monday through Friday.
A back-flow valve in the common sewer line should allow sewer water to flow from the house to the sewer system, but prevent flow toward the house. To provide best protection from a flooded sewer system, the valve should provide a good seal and operate automatically.
Most floodproofing systems have openings that need to be closed and watertight during a flood.
This two-day course is designed to introduce the skills necessary to become a Southface Energy Institute certified Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier qualified to perform the diagnostic testing required for new homes by the 2009 and 2012 residential energy codes. LaHouse Resource Center is an authorized provider of the Southface training, exam and certification.
Picking blueberries makes a fun activity for the whole family, not to mention how great they taste in a cobbler or just by themselves.
If you protect a building with a floodwall, sealant, plastic wrap or any other barrier, you will need to pump water during floods.
The flood insurance policy provides limited coverage for expenses you incur trying to protect insured property from flood damage.
Louisiana faces serious flood threats during tropical storms and hurricanes from a combination of surge and inland rain. This site directs you to information you can use to understand how predicted flood levels may impact you, how you can reduce flood damage and how you can recover and rebuild once the floodwaters recede.
Elevation provides the best protection for flood damage, short of relocating the house to an area that is less prone to flooding. Raising a structure does not remove it from the special flood hazard area (SFHA); therefore, it does not exempt the owner or the mortgage company from flood insurance mandates.
Segment of the LSU AgCenter "Ready for Rain" video describing proper filling and use of sandbags and a variety of water-inflated barriers that can be used as temporary flood barriers.
Segment of the LSU AgCenter Ready for Rain video including the factors to be considered in making a decision to invest in protecting a home from future flood damage.
Segment of the LSU AgCenter Ready for Rain video describing benefits and construction of privates levees and floodwalls.
Wet floodproofing segment of the LSU AgCenter "Ready for Rain" video describing techniques for reducing damage to the home without attempting to keep water out of the building.
If you have a problem with rising water, there are six approaches you can take to preventing damage in future floods: elevate the building, block the water in the yard, seal the building, use materials that water won't hurt, and elevate appliances and systems.
Segment of the LSU AgCenter "Ready for Rain" video describing construction of panels that can be used to block openings in barrier systems and to protect windows and doors in dry-floodproofed buildings.
This summary of a study of the subfloor moisture levels of south Louisiana, raised-foundation homes with six different insulation systems includes the resulting recommendations – all intended to help homeowners, builders, architects, insulation contractors, home inspectors and others balance energy efficiency, comfort and durability issues.
One Saturday each season, LaHouse opens its doors outside its normal weekday operating hours and has experts on hand to answer questions.
St. John the Baptist Freshman Success Academy
3-day course provides building science insights and methods for safe and effective mold removal and control in buildings.
As the energy-efficiency bar rises, the margin for error shrinks. Join this 3-day workshop to gain expertise in building science concepts that are key to prevent, diagnose and solve problems. You’ll learn best practice methods for HVAC design and crucial air sealing techniques to achieve the 2009 IRC energy code duct tightness provisions. This course also includes Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) verifier training and certification.
Guidance on what to do after your home is flooded, and sources of more detailed information.
Provides links to one-page documents with instructions of examples of using the new FloodMaps portal.
Lead poisoning is very common. Millions of all ages are affected every year. What is lead and how is it used? Where is lead found? How can my child get lead poisoning? Why is lead poisoning so dangerous? Should my child be tested for lead? Find these answers and more in this free publication. (PDF format only)
When you build, remodel or buy a home, you have the power of choice. Use this science-based guide to take control of your investment.
Are you thinking about adding a solar energy system to your home to generate electricity? If so, this consumer guide will help you explore various options, ask important questions and make a well-informed decision. (PDF Format Only)
A document that has full-page signs for the three challenge steps.
A guide for teachers, 4-H agents and other adults working with youth to introduce the concepts of flood protection of a home. The activity is hands-on and involves water.
Public version of LSU AgCenter Publication # 3400 - 4-H Activity Guide - Resilience Science - Withstanding the Winds.
Public version of LSU AgCenter Publication # 3401 - 4-H Activity Guide - Resilience Science - Figuring Out Flood Hazards.
There are several ways to keep the cost of preparing a meal at a minimal during the holidays, such as watching for sales, asking others to bring food, and take advantage of store specials on food items.
Ants range from mildly irritating to highly annoying. Knowing the species, its biology and potential control methods can help you manage them. This is a useful reference for pest management professionals, extension personnel and homeowners. A key to ants, color photographs, diagrams and a glossary are included. Spiral-bound copies are available for $12.50 each. To purchase using a major credit card, click on "order publication."
One important key for successful management of a pest is to identify it. This publication can help you differentiate between ants and the dry-wood and subterranean termites that are pests in Louisiana. It also contains specific information on Formosan subterranean termites.
Plastic sheeting is a versatile flood barrier. Using plastic sheeting in a sandbag levee improves the levee’s performance significantly. This publication includes information on several ways to use plastic sheeting correctly. (PDF format only)
After Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana on August 29, 2005, the AgCenter quickly began to assess the damage caused to the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industries. Since those initial estimates, the AgCenter has refined its projections and now pegs the total economic impact due to losses in revenue and additional production costs at slightly over $1.0 billion.
It’s time to pull out your family disaster plan. Even if you don’t have one, there are still things you can do! Find tips on what to do when preparing for a hurricane and Emergency Management Office telephone numbers for selected Louisiana parishes (most affected by hurricanes and tropical storms). It is designed to print on legal-sized paper. (PDF Format Only)
Repetitive flooding affects thousands of Louisiana homes and businesses. In this publication and its companion videotape, a procedure to demonstrate a non-invasive method to flood proofing is explained as it was demonstrated by a Michigan contractor. Special attention is given to adapting the technology for use in Louisiana’s floodplains. (PDF format only)
Sandbags can be used to fill gaps in a permanent flood protection system, to raise an existing levee or to build a complete emergency levee.This publication contains information on filling and stacking sandbags and on using them for short walls and full levees. (PDF Format Only)
Based on the information known at the time of the storm, and given the historical value of these industries to the state, the AgCenter was able to provide preliminary estimates on losses of revenue due to production losses.