June 1st, 2010 11:18 PM by Sandy Scallan
Going Up, Going Green (GUGG) groundbreaking ceremony will take place on the site on Wed, June 9, 2010 at 9am.
Three Louisiana-style homes are being constructed in Gonzales as part of an educational demonstration project called “Going Up, Going Green.” Each home is designed and built as an example of one of three levels of the Green Building Standards created by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC). The homes also demonstrate best practices for raised pier foundations, a popular architectural style in Louisiana and much of coastal Southeast United States.
Currently, there is no prescriptive code for pier and beam foundations in the International Residence Code (IRC). The Going Up, Going Green project will demonstrate cost and safety factors that may be used to develop uniform codes for the construction of homes on piers. These “field classrooms” will provide unique opportunities for training programs for the construction industry and other groups and will help create an understanding of how to achieve greater energy and resource efficiency. The public will be invited to tour the three homes through a variety of scheduled training sessions and classes, as well as on free open house days. Special events and trainings can be arranged with the builder.
Southern Louisiana is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and floods; therefore homes must be built to withstand these conditions. It is also imperative that construction efforts incorporate materials and designs that mutually benefit the environment and the homeowner. Best practices learned from this project will be submitted formally to the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council (LSUCC) and the International Residential Code Council in hopes of improving standards and educational programming for members of the construction industry and other groups.
Additional project details
The LSU AgCenter has worked with builder Roy Domangue of Wooden Creations Homes and partners in the wood producs industry to develop the designs and select green building certification options. AgCenter educators will participate in some on-site educational programs. The full list of partners with Wooden Creations in this program are listed below:
Directions to the Demonstration ProjectThe Going Up, Going Green site is located in Gonzales, LA.Take I-10 south to Hwy 44 exit #179 (Gonzales\Burnside exit). Turn south on Hwy 44 , then left on LA Highway 941Go approximately 1 mile, homes are on the right side.Find a map and track the project progress by visiting the builder's web site Roy Domangue was the builder for the Louisiana House Home and Landscape Resource Center and has chaired both the Capital Region Builders Association and Louisiana Home Builders Association education committees.
Going Up, Going Green (GUGG) groundbreaking ceremony will take place on the site on Wed, June 9, at 9am.