The heat and humidity of a Louisiana spring and summer are fast approaching and to help homeowners prepare, the LSU Agricultural Center’s LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will hold a seasonal open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The LaHouse is normally open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Claudette Reichel, professor and LaHouse Resource Center director, said four times a year, the LaHouse puts on a Saturday open house and provides a focus on certain aspects of the season.
The Spring focus includes weatherizing homes, keeping moisture out and termite prevention.
The LaHouse is a demonstration home used to show green building techniques as well as other features like hurricane sturdiness specifically designed for the climate and weather of the South.
“A lot of what you see here at LaHouse is for new construction,” Reichel said, but there are retrofits for current houses available and much of that is highlighted during the open house.
“The house was built to be, the term we use is a showcase of solutions,” she said.
The house was in midconstruction when Hurricane Katrina hit the state in 2005 and was kept that way for several years as a way to showcase how homes could be rebuilt in a more sustainable way.
LaHouse construction was completed in 2008.
The sustainability includes not only things like insulation to conserve energy but how to build an affordable “safe room” for hurricanes and techniques to minimize flood damage and repair.
The sustainability means it uses resources efficiently, is durable, healthy, convenient and practical, according to information in LaHouse.
“The biggest interest tends to be energy efficiency,” Reichel said. “What really works or what really doesn’t.”
Some people want to know more about controlling moisture in the homes to reduce mold while other people are more concerned about improving indoor air quality, she said.
In addition to cutaway sections of the house where visitors can look at the type of insulation or construction used, LaHouse also has a lot of information that visitors can take home with them.
Reichel said some people think green building means small steps such as putting solar panels on the roof or using recyclables. Instead, it means making the house work efficiently on a whole, she said.
There’s no fee to tour the home, but there is a suggested $5 donation.