About the Registry

Patricia Skinner  |  3/11/2008 1:59:59 AM

The Rebuilding Registry serves to put property owners in touch with building industry professionals who may offer the services they need. The registry is free -- a service of the state and the LSU AgCenter. As an extension of the Home Design and Construction Web site, it is an education program; it is not a commercial enterprise. You will not buy anything here -- from us -- but you may find yourself coming out the other side of the registry into a place where purchases can be made and contracts entered into. The fact that a service was found using this tool should not influence your decision to purchase or employ, except for knowing that the professional is licensed or registered at the state level as required by law to provide the service being offered. We do not endorse products or professionals; we only seek to provide the best connections we can between people who have homebuilding products or services to offer and the people who need them.

The Rebuilding Registry breaks the traditional boundary that separates public institutions from private enterprise. We believe we have not completed the educational process if we tell consumers how to build, repair or protect their homes but stop short of telling them where to find labor-saving, high-performance products and licensed professionals who serve the homebuilding and housing industries. Please take a few minutes to read this page, the "Guide for Consumers" and the "Guide for Building Industry Professionals."

If you run into problems, or just want to comment, please use the comments link. There's one at the bottom of every page.

Geographic Considerations

The Rebuilding Registry was developed by and for Louisiana, as part of the state’s Hurricane Katrina/Rita recovery program known as “The Road Home.” The content is intended for the Louisiana audience, where major considerations in the design and construction of homes include:

  • soils with high clay content and poor bearing capacity
  • frequent hurricanes and flooding
  • termites and other wood-destroying insects
  • a hot and humid climate that creates moisture inside homes and walls

The registry and related building information is for Louisiana. Contractors and providers of other building industry services are included in the registry only if they have the state license or registration required to operate legally in Louisiana.

Although the registry was developed as an education program to serve the victims of Louisiana’s 2005 hurricanes, it will undoubtedly be used by others -- outside Louisiana and potentially outside the country. If, after reading the "Guide for Consumers" and the "Guide for Building Industry Professionals," you have questions about the intent or appropriate use of this Web site, please contact the Registry Manager.

Check with your state Cooperative Extension Service to find out whether the information in the Rebuilding Web site and Registry is appropriate for use in your part of the country. Extension has family resource management and housing programs in many states and is active in disaster preparedness, mitigation and recovery. To find Extension disaster educators in your state, visit the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Web site.

Finding your way around

The Rebuilding Registry has two “doors”: one for building industry professionals (providers of professional homebuilding services) and one for consumers (people in need of professional homebuilding services). Behind those "doors," information is organized and tagged by the types of service provided (or needed) and the geographic area in which the services are provided (or needed).

If you decide to use the registry, please preview the Terms of Use. You'll have to accept them before putting information into the registry, offering rebuilding services through the registry or searching the registry for rebuilding professionals.

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