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Building Institute

The Building Institute is UL Lafayette’s integrated project delivery, design-build program. The program brings architecture students, architects, engineers and contractors together in the design and construction of single-family, market-rate homes. The homes are built on infill property in the urban core neighborhoods of Lafayette, Louisiana and then publically sold at a market-rate. Students work hand-in-hand with local contractors to build the homes which achieve sustainability standards such as the National Homebuilder’s Green Building Standard or LEED. The Building Institute is structured through a graduate design studio in the fall, a construction documents course in the spring and the construction course in the summer. Students receive academic credit for each course and in addition, several team leaders receive paid summer internships allowing them to accrue IDP credit. The Building Institute is not a simulation- it is hyper-reality. As architect-developers, the students become agents of change.
Building Institute
Building Institute added 2 new photos.17/08/2017 @ 19:59
MhT day 11 aug. 16

By the numbers:

216 sf including porch and loft
8'-6" wide
13'-10" high
34" off ground
24' long + trailer tongue
Approx. 8,000 lbs.
Half-ton truck adequate for towing
1 ton/1 zone minisplit heat pump
4- 250 watt pvs
2- 30 lb. propane tanks
5.3 gal. Propane tankless water heater
100 amp panel
7 duplex outlets
8 LED light fixtures
70 shelves in the storage grid
10 gallons of adhesive to glue shells
110 sheets of 1/8" plywood in shells
206 sf of polycarbonate
$70 worth of groceries for 2 weeks
Building Institute
Building Institute17/08/2017 @ 19:37
MhT day 11 aug. 17

By the numbers:

114 hours spent in the house over 11 days
10.36 hours on average per day
Building Institute
Building Institute17/08/2017 @ 19:21
MhT day 11 aug. 17

By the numbers:

44 gallon greywater tank
11 days to fill up from sink and shower
11 days to fill 2-1/2 gal. liquid tank in compost toilet
30-45 days until solids tank needs to be added to the compost heap
Building Institute
Building Institute added 2 new photos.17/08/2017 @ 18:55
MhT day 11 aug. 17

Recycling and trash after 11 days.
Building Institute
Building Institute added 6 new photos.17/08/2017 @ 8:35
MhT day 11 aug. 17

Removed the window blinds.
Enjoying my views this morning and the eastern light.

UL Lafayette School of Architecture and Design
PO Box 42811 . Lafayette, LA . 70504