About LaHouse Resource Center

Claudette Reichel, Scallan, Sandra  |  3/10/2005 12:30:37 AM

Who

What

When

Where

Why

How


WHO?


The LSU AgCenter and its team of specialists and scientists in:

  • building science
  • environmental sciences
  • disaster mitigation
  • wood products
  • entomology
  • horticulture
  • family and consumer sciences
  • educational outreach
working with Key Allies from other university and research units, with support from Key Partner state and federal agencies, and private Key Contributors who share a common goal.

WHAT?

LaHouse - Home and Landscape Resource Center includes:
  • a permanent showcase house with exhibit and resource room
  • 7 acres of educational landscape exhibits
  • a multi-media teaching center 
  • educational outreach to consumers, professionals and youth

that address national and regional challenges, including:

  • energy independence
  • hurricanes and floods
  • pollution prevention
  • waste management
  • asthma, mold and other indoor air hazards
  • barriers to technology transfer
  • unstable fuel costs
  • Formosan subterranean termites
  • warm, humid climate
  • threatened drinking water supplies
  • aging population
  • economic vitality
It includes a wide range of practical and proven solutions that integrate the LaHouse benefits criteria, from no-cost to higher-end, high-performance products and systems for both new and existing homes. It is a hub of ongoing educational outreach through a network of Extension educators on site, in all 64 parishes of Louisiana and throughout the gulf region states. 

WHEN?

LaHouse is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for walk-in tours and holds a quarterly seasonal Saturday open house with staff experts on hand (check website for dates) . Groups interested in programs and guided tours may contact a LaHouse representative at 225-578-7913.

WHERE?

At the southeast edge of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. The site is adjacent the LSU golf course on Gourrier Ave., off of Nicholson Drive, across from the new Alex Box baseball stadium and near Tiger Stadium.

WHY?


To Shape the Future
by stimulating change and demand for practical ways to

    have MORE:
  • comfort
  • durability
  • value
  • convenience
  • better health
    with LESS:
  • energy
  • water
  • pollution
  • waste
  • property damages

Homeowners can have it all, and businesses can profit while making a meaningful contribution to energy-independence, reduced disaster losses, environmental quality, reduced health costs and economic vitality for Louisiana and for America.


HOW?


LaHouse is a dynamic, credible and locally tailored educational resource center with:
  • the look and feel of an appealing home
  • signs describing features, cutaways
  • changing housing and landscaping exhibits
  • visiting hours and group tours
  • on-site staff and master volunteers
  • consumer seminars
  • continuing education classes for professionals
  • distance education (future plan)
  • objective, research-based consumer publications
  • Web site outreach with online publications, photo galleries, etc.
  • linkages with colleges, schools, youth groups
  • information collections and resource room
  • and more...

LaHouse integrates and balances five
BENEFITS,
 
forming the criteria for sustainable housing and landscapes

Resource-efficient (green)

  • energy-efficiency
  • water conservation
  • waste management
  • pollution prevention and storm water management
  • use of environmentally responsible materials
Durable
  • multi-hazard resistance (wind, flood, fire, etc.)
  • pest resistance (structural and landscape)
  • decay resistance
Healthy
  • indoor air quality
  • integrated pest management
  • universal design (safe & accessible throughout life cycle)
Practical
  • marketable
  • cost-effective
  • available
  • short learning curve or rapid installation
Convenient
  • functional and family friendly
  • low-maintenance
  • advanced wiring for the information age
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