Showing off mobile sustainable housing

LSU’s taking its sustainable housing show on the road.

The university’s 7-acre LaHouse facility now has a smaller, mobile cousin that can travel the Gulf South, spreading a message of green, safe building techniques.

“A life-size, tangible, walk-through exhibit is such a powerful educational tool and ‘attraction,’” said Claudette Reichel, professor and extension housing specialist and director of LaHouse Resource Center.

The trailer was designed and built by a team of LSU biological and agricultural engineering students to demonstrate methods used in new construction and in retrofitting existing buildings.

LaHouse Mobile shows off hurricane preparedness measures, such as wind-resistant shingles and construction that can withstand 120 mph winds, as well as environmentally friendly features like using solar energy and Energy Star lighting.

Funded through a federal grant, LaHouse Mobile will be part of the permanent LaHouse exhibit on LSU’s campus when not on the road at events like a 4-H camp.