Community Rebuilding and Flood Protection Expo - Lakeview

Patricia Skinner  |  10/20/2008 6:49:04 AM

Lakeview is a community of Orleans Parish -- between the 17th Street Canal and City Park -- where residents are coming back. It is bordered on the north by Lake Pontchartrain. Homes are in all stages of recovery -- from fully restored to untouched since Hurricane Katrina. Lakeview is the site of a

Community Rebuilding and
Flood Protection Expo
Sunday, November 16, 2008
1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

The Expo will be headquartered at the Gulf Coast Bank, located at 848 Harrison Ave. (between Canal Boulevard and City Park)

Presentations and demonstrations will be offered at hourly intervals throughout the afternoon, beginning at 1:15 p.m. Topics include:
  • Dry & Durable Walls: Professional Tips for Homeowners
  • Choosing Wall and Attic Insulation
  • Controlling Humidity and Related Problems in Air-Conditioned Homes
  • Roofing to Resist Wind and Rain Damage
  • Choosing Efficient and Comfortable Home Environment Systems
  • To Tank or Not To Tank (discussion of water heaters)
  • Practical & Attainable Green Enhancements
  • Building with Recycled Materials
  • Controlling Termites in Louisiana Homes
  • Avoiding Problems with Lead
  • Protecting Homes from Shallow Flooding
  • Storm Surge Basics and Visualizing Risks
  • Role of the Neighborhood Association in Recovery

A special program will be presented for those wanting to gain a thorough understanding of the challenges and benefits of building raised-wood floors in South Louisiana. The program covers choosing foundation types; anchoring raised-floor homes to resist wind and prevent floatation; insulating, ventilating and controlling moisture under raised floors; and accessing elevated structures. In addition, a raised-floor home will be showcased, with representatives of the Raised Floor Living campaign on hand throughout the afternoon to answer your questions.

Arrangements have been made with several homebuilders and elevation contractors to be at the sites and available to discuss rebuilding issues with participants. Also, exhibitors coming in for the National Floodproofing Conference have been invited to show their products in the community before setting up downtown for the conference.

FEMA is offering a formal workshop:

Foundation Design and Construction for the Gulf Coast
3:00-6:00 p.m.
This course is for engineers and building officials doing residential work and introduces the popular FEMA-550 manual: Recommended Residential Construction for the Gulf Coast: Building on Strong and Safe Foundations.

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 30.  More info

A detailed presentation schedule and online registration for the formal workshops, as well as additions to the program, will be posted here.

National Floodproofing Conference information

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