Residential energy conservation outreach

Program or topic

Residential energy conservation outreach

Department(s) or unit(s)

Department of Design and Environmental Analysis

Contact information

Joseph Laquatra
Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis

Program goals

To educate homeowners, tenants, landlords, builders and other housing professionals about matters regarding sustainable building and energy conservation in the home.

Brief Description

Residential energy conservation is a critical part of efforts to reduce the human carbon footprint. Cornell scientists say two-thirds of residential energy use could be saved with no new technology. Extension Housing Specialist Joseph Laquatra heads the initiative to bring conservation home with his educational programs on sustainable aspects of housing, residential energy efficiency, and energy-efficient construction. Laquatra and his colleagues have presented workshops for homeowners, tenants, landlords, builders and other housing professionals throughout the state, teaching user-friendly methods to save energy and leading the state’s conservation effort at the personal level.

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Key publications:

  • Kay, D., J. Laquatra, J.F. Suter, R. Pendall and N. Bills. 2007. Do residential preferences foster sprawl in upstate New York? Rural New York Minute, No. 11, November. Cornell Community and Rural Development Institute.
  • Laquatra, J. (2012).  Environmental Contamination: Asbestos (168-169) and Environmental contamination: radon (174-175). In A. Carswell (ed.), Encyclopedia of Housing. Thousand Oaks, CA:  SAGE Publications.
  • Laquatra, J.; Pierce, M.; Helmholdt, N. (2009).  The consumer education program for residential energy efficiency.  Journal of Extension,  47(6):
  • Laquatra, J., R. Pendall. D.L. Kay, J.F. Suter and N. Bills. 2007. The changing nature of housing markets in Upstate New York. Housing and Society. 34(1): 65-75.
  • Laquatra, J. and M. Pierce (2011).  Toward more sustainable construction.  3-part series in iGreenbuild.  July, September, October.
  •  Laquatra, J. and M. Pierce (2011).  Waste management at the construction site. In S. Kumar (ed.), Integrated Waste Management, Volume I. InTech, pp. 281-300.
  • Pierce, M. and J. Laquatra (2011). Accidentally breaking a CFL-is it mayhem?  Home Energy.  28(6), November/December, pp. 16-18.
  • Wells, N.M. and J. Laquatra (2010). Why green housing and green neighborhoods are important to the health and well-being of older adults. Generations, 33(4): 50-55.


Category: Conservation, Energy

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