CRBA Model Code Home - Oak Park Drive Prairieville

Lynn M. Hannaman, Attaway, Denise  |  4/29/2007 8:05:37 PM

The home at 36459 Oak Park Drive (Lot 10) in Oaks on the Bluff is a premier effort of the Capital Region Builders Association (CRBA) to help homeowners, builders and code officials learn how to building safer, stronger homes that resist hurricane damage and comply with the newly adopted residential building code, which went into effect statewide January 1, 2007. 

This 5,065 sq.ft, two-story home demonstrates code-compliant construction in an upscale subdivision in Prairieville, Louisiana. It is designed and built to meet the requirements for 120 mph wind speed zones. Construction was halted at the point where sheetrock was ready to be hung; signage was added, and the home was opened and advertised for self-guided tours during April, 2007. The home was also featured in the 2007 Capital Area Parade of Homes.

Features demonstrated

Among the features highlighted with signage to show wind and water resistance and energy efficiency include:

  • new framing techniques for wind resistance
  • required nailing patterns
  • hurricane strapping, anchors and corner hold-downs
  • window and door flashing to prevent water infiltration
  • samples of insulation labeled with r-values
  • air tight recessed cans
  • new HVAC duct work
  • doors & windows with low E glass and wind-resistance

The wind provisions that will apply in the Prairieville area will not go into effect until until January, 2008, so the home exceeds current code requirements for wind-resistance. As a code-plus home, it is an example of best-practice construction and an excellent teaching tool for builders, code officials and homeowners. The energy efficiency requirements displayed are required by code in 2007 for all new homes being built.

Builder information

This CRBA Model Code Home was built and offered for display by Roy Domangue, who has been building high-performance homes in the area for 20 years. Domangue is past president of the Capital Region Builders Association (CRBA) and current chair of the CRBA educational committee. He is also the builder for the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana House Home and Landscape Resource Center (LaHouse), a showcase of hazard-resistant, energy-efficient and healthy home construction tailored to the hot, humid climate of South Louisiana.

Builder Acknowledgement of Assistance

When a builder offers a home as a model for education and training, the construction process is frequently interrupted and the time to completion is extended. This results in increased cost of financing, since it lengthens the time between start of construction and sale of the property. Builders of these homes sometimes receive product donations and financing considerations that they would like to acknowledge.

The builder of the Oak Park Model Code Home wishes to acknowledge the donations, discounts or financial considerations that made this educational project possible and were provided by the following entities:

  • Alliance Windows
  • Ascension Insulation
  • Norbord
  • Purpera Lumber
  • Themo-Guard Insulation
  • USP

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