LaHouse receives a grant to educate on improving the energy efficiency of La. Homes

(05/01/24) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Research and Education Center is receiving $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to conduct education aimed at improving the energy efficiency of Louisiana communities during extreme temperatures.

“As we continue to see record high temperatures in the summer and more deep freezes in the winter, it’s essential to provide citizens with information on improving their home’s energy efficiency,” shared Dr. Rubayet Bin Mostafiz, the project’s principal investigator. “This project aims to empower citizens with the knowledge to make the best choice for their family and home.”

This project involves comprehensive research on the best practices to retrofit existing structures and build new homes to higher energy efficiency standards. It also includes educational outreach and extension in Louisiana communities to inform homeowners on the best strategies to improve their home’s efficiency.

Working with local industry professionals on resilient building practices aims to increase certified weatherization and energy-efficient home providers in Louisiana, benefiting all citizens by reducing the need to search for building providers elsewhere. Partnerships with government officials will enhance officials’ understanding of program objectives and outcomes, allowing them to better advocate for constituents.

LaHouse conducts research on strategies to reduce damage to the home from high-speed winds and floods. The facility allows visitors to explore exhibits that display resilient, sustainable and healthy housing techniques best suited for the Gulf of Mexico region.

This work is/was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

5/1/2024 7:04:27 PM
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