Healthy, low maintenance finishes

Carol Friedland, Kleinpeter, Shelly

LaHouse is a display of high-performance building practices to create more sustainable, resilient and healthy homes in the gulf region. The research-based facility is located on LSU's Baton Rouge campus and displays home-building techniques and solutions for Louisiana's unique climate. LaHouse is open weekdays from 10 am to 4:30 p.m. for self-guided tours or can be toured completely virtually.

Low VOC paint

Experience the Lahouse via virtual tour

This pattern is created with low VOC paint rather than vinyl wallpaper. Vinyl wallpaper should almost always be avoided because:

  • Vinyl wall coverings can release vinyl chloride fumes into your home, a known human carcinogen. Exposure to high levels of vinyl chloride fumes can be very dangerous to our health as they are linked to damaging every major organ system in the body.
  • Vinyl wallpaper can also trap moisture in the wall and encourage mold growth that will not be visible but severely impact the home’s air quality. Vinyl wallpaper should be avoided throughout the home, especially in a bathroom, to reduce the risk of mold growth.

Composite floor tile, no grout

Composite floor tile is very durable and bacteria resistant, which makes it a great option for the bathroom floor. The surface is very smooth and easy to clean without any specialized products. Additionally, there are many color and pattern options to suit any home’s aesthetic.

Because water can get stuck in grout lines, it is a common place for homeowners to find mold growing. Composite floor tile requires no grout to install, eliminating mold growth risk.

Composite floor tile is more difficult than traditional flooring options to install as the underlay has to be thoroughly inspected for any bumps or uneven surfaces. Even a slightly uneven edge in the underlay can damage the floor significantly and cause cracking.

Bacteria resistant sink, toilet finish

The glazed finish of the sink and toilet are double-coated in a permanent finish to prevent the growth of bacteria that causes stains, bacteria, mold, and mildew.

1/11/2023 3:53:28 PM
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