Building in Post-Katrina Louisiana to be Featured in Lecture Series at National Building Museum

June 21, 2006

Why is the gulf region housing recovery taking so long?  What can and should we learn from Louisiana's experience?  Rebuilding stronger, safer, and smarter is easier said than done-but essential and possible.  In the second in a series of DOE-sponsored lectures on building energy efficiency, Dr. Claudette Reichel will describe post-storm building code developments and issues with implications for other states.  During her presentation, entitled Building in Post-Katrina Louisiana: Hindsight is 20/20, Foresight is Priceless, she will also provide a brief overview of what's new, what's coming, and what's available for building in the post-Katrina gulf region and any coastal state.  In addition, Dr. Reichel will present highlights of best building practices for the gulf region exhibited at Louisiana House Resource Center (LaHouse).   

Dr. Reichel is Director of LaHouse, Professor and Extension Housing Specialist with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.  Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated her state, Dr. Reichel spearheaded the development and distribution of more than 100,000 Storm Recovery Guides for Homeowners and launched a Rebuild Stronger, Safer, Smarter Homes Initiative which brought building science education to 700 local building professionals.  

Since 1981, Dr. Reichel has developed numerous Extension programs, delivery systems and educational materials relating to housing and building science, including energy efficiency, indoor air quality, hazard resistance, home restoration and mold remediation, home buyer education, and others. She has received numerous state and national awards, including a U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Innovation Award for program design and the USDA IMPACT 2000 Award for program effectiveness.  

Dr. Reichel's presentation is scheduled for July 26, 2006, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.  Anyone interested in building energy efficiency is invited to attend.  Registration is not required.  See the National Building Museum Web site for more information on the lecture series.