Joseph Laquatra

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities



Current Research Activities
Research focus is on housing sustainability, with particular emphasis on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, affordability, and residential sprawl.

Ongoing projects:

Principal Investigator, Residential Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality.
Principal Investigator, Waste Management at the Residential Construction Site.

Completed in 2009:

Principal Investigator, Sprawl and Residential Preferences: Investigating and Building Educational Strategies on New Understandings of Land Use. Funding source: Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Current Extension Activities

Extension/Outreach focus is on practical applications of research focus.

Ongoing projects:


Biographical Statement
Joseph Laquatra, Ph.D., Professor, focuses his teaching and research efforts on sustainable aspects of housing with emphases on residential energy efficiency, indoor air quality, construction site waste management, and residential sprawl. As an Extension Housing Specialist, Joe develops and implements educational programs on these and other topics through the statewide network of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). One of these, the Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency, has engaged 44 Local Associations of CCE since its inception in 2003. He has conducted educational programs for home builders in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He has also taught builders, engineers, architects, and government officials in Poland, Russia, and Japan. Joe is a past President of the Housing Education and Research Association and is currently chair of the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers.  He is listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators (11th edition, 2006-07), Who's Who in America (2008, 2009, 2010), and Who's Who in the World (2009, 2010).

  • Ph.D. 1984 - Cornell University
    Consumer Economics and Housing
  • M.S. 1981 - Cornell University
    Consumer Economics and Housing
  • B.S. 1974 - Cornell University
    Hotel Administration

  • Administrative Responsibilities
    Department Extension Leader, DEA

    Lead Co-Chair, Healthy Living and Learning Environments Program Work Team, Cornell Cooperative Extension

    Lead Co-Chair, Family Economic Resource Management Program Work Team, Cornell Cooperative Extension 

    Faculty Senator, State University of New York

    sustainable housing, residential energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, construction site waste management, residential sprawl

    Courses, Websites, Pubs

    Related Websites

    Selected Publications
    Laquatra, J.; M. Pierce; N. Helmholdt (2009).  The consumer education program for residential energy efficiency.  Journal of Extension, 47(6):

    Laquatra, J. and M. Pierce (2009).  Taking construction site waste management to the next level.  Journal of Green Building, 4(4):  29-32.

    Potter, G. and J. Laquatra (2009).  Residential lighting: history, energy efficiency, and health effects (Refereed Abstract).  Proceedings of the 2009 Annual Conference of the Housing Education and Research Association;  169-174.

    Laquatra, J. (2009).  Air pressure and energy-efficiency issues in homes.  Housing and Home Environment News (Spring):

    Laquatra, J. (2009).  Green jobs: what they are, where they are, and how to get one.  Housing and Home Environment News (Fall):