Today I just toured the new home built near LSU by the AgCenter, called LaHouse.
It was 6 years in the making from conception to its recent completion. A home able to survive hurricaines and keep its residents safe from the storms. Its mission is to assist the Louisiana and Gulf Coast region in construction and design of homes. It is a model of building science best practices and building code-based information and continuing education. It is designed to withstand the Gulf Region environment of hurricanes and tornados, providing the resdents with multipurpose rooms that can also be used as "safe rooms" in storms. It provides information on a variety of new building materials and one of the goals was to come up with "affordable" alternatives. It offers neat features like sensors that detect walls of rushing water and open automatic "gates" under the home to allow water pressure to flow under the home and avoid permanent damage to the foundation. As wind and flood standards and zones are being revised to provide an economical & safe rebuilding of storm ravaged coastal areas, this is a must see educational museum and teaching facility. LouisianaHouse of the LSU Ag Center.