Four In One House Construction Plans

Sandra Scallan, Reichel, Claudette Hanks  |  3/22/2005 1:30:49 AM

The construction plans and specifications for the exhibit house are now complete. They detail a strategic showcase of a wide range of solutions for Louisiana climate and hazard challenges – from low-cost to high-performance options.

The building plans specify four different advantageous building and foundation systems, three space conditioning systems, four attic treatments and a variety of materials and products. The layout and interiors demonstrate “universal design” concepts and family-friendly features that accommodate diverse and changing needs and abilities. “Green” materials and technologies are specified where practical. The plans incorporate ENERGYSTAR (energy-efficiency) as well as Fortified for Safer Living (wind and flood resistance) program guidelines.

“Louisiana House is not a research experiment, but more of a research report to end users who need to know what works, what doesn’t and why,” said Reichel. “It will provide consumers, designers, builders and others with a single source for finding integrated, objective and practical ways to make our homes greener, safer, stronger, smarter, more comfortable and healthier.”

For additional information about LaHouse building plans and efforts contact Dr. Claudette Reichel (phone 225.578.3329, fax 225.578.4443, e-mail lahouse@agcenter.lsu.edu).

 

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