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  • Work in Progress

    It didn’t take long for Katrina to sweep through the Gulf Coast and displace thousands of New Orleans residents.

  • Raised Floors for the Low Country

    Elevated floors on pier foundations are mandated in V zones and recommended in coastal A zones. But the moisture and energy details can be a head-scratcher. Whether a builder places the floor system on pier supports or on a perimeter stemwall, he has to face interrelated problems of air sealing...

  • NRP Diversifies to Grow

    GONZALES, LA -- The Louisiana office of The NRP Group, LLC, opened in May 2006 in a single-family home in this small town outside of New Orleans. It was just nine months after Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

  • More Questions Than Answers

    So many variables exist in the Baton Rouge rental market, it would aggravate a gaggle of math geeks.

  • ‘Let The People In’

    NEW ORLEANS — On Dec. 20, police clashed with residents and housing activists at New Orleans City Hall.

  • Who needs Brad Pitt?

    NEW ORLEANS—Visiting this city for the first time since Katrina, I was not that shocked by what I saw.

  • Southern Promises

    NEW ORLEANS — Two-and-a-half years after Hurricane Katrina, many who called New Orleans home continue to live in trailers tainted by formaldehyde or with relatives in California or in apartments in Houston or in dark cracks where they have slipped unknown into the American landscape.

  • The Great Transition and the GreatMigration

    The big story in the South Central region is that thousands of 2005 hurricane evacuees will enter the rental market this spring in an environment where finding an affordable apartment is like striking gold.

  • High and Dry

    In the flood-prone Gulf region, an elevated home is a no-brainer. The classic poured-concrete slab-on-grade — a simple monolithic pour with nothing more than a thickened edge at the perimeter — is not enough where floodwaters from a storm surge or rising water levels pose a threat. Using a raised...

  • Gustav Spares New Orleans

    If New Orleans had to have the eye of a hurricane pass within 100 miles of the center of town, it couldn’t have done better than Hurricane Gustav, the Category 2 storm that hit the area Sept. 1.