(05/19/21) BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center reopened to visitors without appointments for self-guided tours. Homeowners and housing professionals can explore the center and pick up free publications.
LaHouse also has a new online feature.
“We are excited to announce that we have an interactive virtual tour where anyone with internet access can explore 360-degree views of each space and watch short videos of highlights,” said Claudette Hanks Reichel, director of LaHouse and LSU AgCenter housing specialist.
The virtual tour was created in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide a convenient, immersive preview of this high-performance demonstration home tailored to the local climate and natural hazards. It is available on the homepage of the LaHouse Resource Center website.
LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center is an educational exhibit house, landscape and outreach program of the LSU AgCenter. It was built on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge to provide a one-stop source of research-based solutions to the challenges of the Gulf region’s climate, natural hazards and environment — from low-cost to premium options.
On-site visitors can fully explore its point-of-feature signage, cut-away reveals, models, product displays, resource library and many free educational publications to learn about how to make a house energy-efficient, disaster resilient and a healthy place to live and enjoy in comfort. LaHouse is known as a “high-performance home” that offers low energy costs, high quality, peace of mind and healthy, convenient living.
Tour hours are Monday through Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Face coverings are required. Appointments for groups can be made by emailing email@example.com or calling 225-578-7913. Group tours are limited to 20 people and available by appointment. LaHouse is a free public service of the LSU AgCenter Extension Service. A donation of $5 per adult is suggested and appreciated to help support educational activities.
Also, a wealth of information is online ready at www.lsuagcenter.com/LaHouse, www.youtube.com/mylahouse and www.facebook.com/mylahouse. The website includes the virtual tour, a special Flood Recovery section and the My House/My Home collection of checklists and articles. The LaHouse YouTube channel includes videos about getting a storm-ready roof, flood recovery tips, building a “wash-n-wear” house, a LaHouse tour guide video collection and more. If planning a new home or major renovation, the Building Your High-Performance Home – Gulf Region Homeowners Guide is available in print at LaHouse and can be ordered online for $15.
LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center has reopened to visitors without appointments for self-guided tours. LSU AgCenter file photo