Revealing Sustainability and Urban Living Through the COURhouse

Revealing sustainability and urban living through the COURhouse LAFAYETE, LA – February 3, 2014- On Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. the architecture students of the Building Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will showcase this year’s Design+Build home. The Building Institute is a program that strives to regenerate communities around Lafayette by building affordable, sustainable homes on empty lots within neighborhoods. The construction of the COURhouse is a joint effort between the UL Building Institute, Ragin Cajun Facilities and the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority (“LPTFA”) with construction financing funded by renewable zero interest loan from the LPTFA. The COURhouse is a three bedroom, two-bathroom 1,500 sq. ft. home, located in the Freetown neighborhood between downtown Lafayette and the University, on 324 Jackson Street, across the street from last year’s Design+Build home, the NEXThouse.

The “COURhouse” name comes from the home’s prominent feature, a centralized courtyard connecting the living room and kitchen to the outdoors, offering residents a sense of openness and spaciousness. The courtyard is accessible through a large 10’ x 7’ glass roll up door from the kitchen, two sliding glass doors from the living room, and French doors to the master bedroom. The front porch is wrapped in reclaimed cypress wood from an 1800’s home in Arnaudville, donated by Mr. Jeff Simeral. Clerestory windows and sliding glass doors allow light to flood into the spacious living room and the kitchen’s 16’ vaulted ceilings. A large exposed beam runs through the living room extending out to the front porch and exposed rafters line the living room ceiling. The interior finishes give the home an industrial feel with concrete floors, custom concrete countertops, reclaimed corrugated metal, and steel angle backsplashes. Sustainability features of the home include a 4 kw PV panel system on the roof, an instantaneous gas heater, advanced wood framing, and energy efficient appliances.

The COURhouse was designed by architecture students Barrett Bertrand, Nicholas Clesi, Abigail Comeau, Daniel Ferg, Liran Timianski, and Jennifer Young and was built by 25 students, in conjunction with J.C. Dugas Construction Associates, Inc. The house is currently listed at an asking price of $190,000. Request for showings can be directed to the Program Coordinator of the LPTFA, Rebekke Miller at 337-504-2314. Offers on the house will be accepted beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014. All offers must be in writing and must be directed to Rebekke Miller. Offers may be delivered to 910 Harding Street beginning on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Questions regarding this press release can be directed to Rebekke Miller at 337-504-2314.

Contact: Rebekke H. Miller, Program Coordinator P.O. Box 3205 Lafayette, LA 70502 337-504-2314

Established on January 16, 1979, the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority (LPTFA) is a public trust that was created for the purpose of furthering and accomplishing public functions to benefit citizens of the city of Lafayette, Louisiana. Everything the LPTFA undertakes serves a public purpose. These causes encompass a wide spectrum ranging from providing financial and housing support for the less affluent residents of Lafayette Parish, to supporting housing, government services and civic initiatives. Specific projects the LPTFA undertakes are determined by a volunteer board of trustees who meet regularly. The LPTFA is self-supporting and its operations, programs and projects are funded solely by self-generated revenues. The LPTFA has never received any tax or other budget appropriation or funding from the City of Lafayette or the State of Louisiana for its operations and has never requested such funds.

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