Visionary House And Landscape Now Under Construction Announces LSU AgCenter Housing Professor

Claudette Reichel  |  4/19/2005 10:28:38 PM

News You Can Use For October 2004

After four years of preparation, Louisiana House – the Home and Landscape Resource Center – is now under construction, boasts LSU AgCenter housing professor Dr. Claudette Reichel, coordinator of the extensive project.

Located on the southeast edge of the LSU campus, LaHouse is a public-private partnership initiative led by the LSU AgCenter to create a housing and horticulture showcase of solutions and regional educational outreach program.

"Its vision is to shape the future for Louisiana living by demonstrating and stimulating change in two areas – higher performance housing and landscape best management practices," Reichel explains.

She says these housing and horticulture efforts will integrate five criteria to make LaHouse:

  • Resource-efficient (energy and water conserving, earth-friendly).
  • Durable (hurricane, flood, termite and decay resistant).
  • Healthy (good indoor air quality, mold-free, universal/lifespan design).
  • Convenient (technology, function, time or labor saving).
  • Practical (cost-effective, marketable, available).
  • "Right now, viewers can see stages of the four foundation systems of the house and teaching center (garage) – a post-tension slab on grade, an elevated slab cap on filled stemwalls, a stemwall crawlspace with floodvents and an open pier foundation," Reichel says.

    The details of these systems address local flood hazards, high-water table and humidity, hurricanes, Formosan termites and unstable soil conditions. They also will use and test alternative raised-floor insulation systems.

    As construction progresses, viewers can watch the components and installation of four alternative building systems, three different heating, cooling and ventilation systems and a wide array of products and techniques that balance the five LaHouse criteria.

    At the same time, the seven-acre site is being developed and landscaped to demonstrate environmental landscape management. Stormwater management techniques are now visible and tree plantings will begin soon.

    Reichel says construction offers a unique opportunity to watch and learn, literally from the ground up. Visitors can watch progress either in person or by visiting  and viewing the construction timeline photo gallery.

    LaHouse was made possible by the support of more than 80 sponsors, including leading Key Contributors Paula Manship, Entergy, SmartGUARD and Roy O Martin Lumber Co., as well as Key Partners Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Dept. of Energy, La. Office of Emergency Preparedness and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    For more information about LaHouse plans, progress, participants and location, visit  For information on related nutrition, family and consumer topics, visit the FCS Web site at
    Extension/Departments/fcs/.  For local information and educational programs, contact an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office.


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