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Jul 8, 2013 5:21 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Architecture students making green homes the standard

LAFAYETTE - A group of 22 architectural students from the UL Lafayette are working alongside JC Dugas' Construction Associates, Inc. to begin construction on a 1,508 square foot home in the heart of the Freetown-Port Rico neighborhood.

The name COURhouse comes from one of the prominent features of the home, a centralized open courtyard that will give future owners a sense of openness and spaciousness within the home, while still preserving privacy. The three-bedroom, two-bath floor plan is bathed in light by clearstory windows and a glass garage door that ushers the exterior courtyard into the interior of the kitchen.

Designed by UL Lafayette architectural graduates in the fall of 2012, the COUR house is the third home to be built as part of the School of Architecture and the Design's Building Institute's affordable, sustainable infill-housing program. The program aims to implement innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions in the design and construction of affordable housing in preexisting urban neighborhoods of Lafayette. The design/build program focuses on the education of the students, the construction industry, and the public.

The program was launched in 2011 with the design and construction of the EVENT House, located on Madison St. and continued last year with the construction of the NEXT house on 319 Jackson St. Adjacent to the NEXT house is the COUR house, located at 324 Jackston St. The home is currently priced at $190,000 and is listed with PAR Realty.

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