Hiring a qualified contractor for mold remediation is not required but generally is safer and more effective than a "do-it-yourself" approach because of the use of specialized equipment. In either case, you should carefully follow safety precautions to reduce exposure to mold. This publication provides guidance on safe and effective mold remediation practices and how to select a qualified remediation professional.
This guide provides details on creating a home that keeps comfort affordable with high energy efficiency; is protected from mold, termites, storms, floods and other hazards; is healthy, safe and convenient for a lifetime; is a smart investment that pays dividends; and protects our environment for future generations. Cost: $15 plus tax and shipping. You can order this 88-page, spiral-bound book through our online store by using the Order Publication link below.
Your new home can be safeguarded by using preservative-treated wood and following an integrated pest management program at the time of construction. (PDF format only)
Storm shutters are an important type of window opening protection for Louisiana homes. An alternative to shutters is impact-resistant glass windows. In high winds, loss of a window can result in severe structural damage, including roof damage. (PDF Format Only)
This guide highlights and clarifies the recognized minimum standards in the International Residential Code (IRC) 2006 base building codes for asphalt roof installation. Manufacturers' installation instructions requirements must be followed to ensure a quality, wind-resistant roof system. (PDF Format Only)
LaHouse is a showcase for best practices and code-plus construction. Its flood- and wind-resistance features meet or exceed the criteria of the Fortified for Safer Living program of the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). LaHouse showcases multiple solutions across a range of price points, integrating durability with other goals of sustainability: resource efficient, healthy, practical and convenient. (PDF Format Only)
Exhaust fans and exhaust hoods are commonly used in commercial establishments to promote indoor air quality. A particular safety concern is fire. Safety, cost, maintenance, license, permit and inspection information included. (PDF Format Only)
Many household appliances such as heaters, dryers, ranges, fireplaces and furnaces operate by burning a combustible fuel such as natural gas, propane, wood or other fossil fuel. Appliances of this type (combustion appliances) need proper venting to operate safely. Use the checklist as a starting point for safe venting. (PDF Format Only)
Use this score sheet to rate the efficiency of your kitchen – as it is now and with any planned modifications. It will help you design a more convenient and functional kitchen. Compare your “before” and “after” scores with the rating at the end of this fact sheet. (PDF Format Only)