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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.
Experience the Lahouse via virtual tour
These doors allow for the aesthetic appeal of a wooden door without the problems that accompany them like warping, splitting, or cracking.
It’s important to choose doors throughout the home with a low R-value which means they can resist the conduction of heat flow. All doors with glass inserts should also have low-e rated glass for temperature control.
Low-e glass means the heat contact on the exterior side of the windows does not radiate inside the home. In addition to keeping temperatures low, low-e glass also protects furniture from sun fading and insulates the home from outside noise. Composite frames are made from a mix of materials and are typically cheaper than wood but cost more than vinyl. Composite frames provide about the same level of insulation as wood, but they are much more resilient to decay and damage.
Energy Star windows prevent heat from seeping into the home from outside
This door is more durable than wood but gives the aesthetic appeal of wood
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