Joseph Laquatra


Joseph Laquatra

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Curriculum Vitae
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, and construction site waste management. 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 a past 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, 2011, 2012, 2013), Who's Who in the World (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Who's Who in Collegiate Faculty (2010/2011).

Teaching and Advising Statement:

Laquatra, J. Seven principles of healthy homes. DEA 2700, Guest
Lecturer. October 8, 2013.

Current Professional Activities:
  • Past Chair, National Consortium of Housing Research Centers
  • Chair, Excellence in Building Science Education Award, National Consortium of Housing Research Centers
  • Outreach Team Leader, New York State Center of Excellence
  • Training Partner, National Center for Healthy Housing and the New York State Department of Health, Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners 
  • Member, Editorial Review Board, Housing and Society
  • Delegate, Extension Disaster Education Network
  • Editorial Board Member, Housing and Society
  • Scientific Committee Member, 1st Residential Building Design and Construction Conference, Bethlehem, PA, February 20-21, 2013
  • Supervisor, Fullbright Scholar Saikat Paul, March - July, 2013

Current Research Activities:

Research focus is on housing sustainability, with particular emphasis on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and cnstruction site waste management.

Ongoing projects:

Principal Investigator, Residential Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality

Principal Investigator, Multi-Family Energy Innovation Program. Community Environmental Center/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Current Extension Activities:

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

Ongoing projects:

  • Principal Investigator, Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency. Funding source: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
  • Principal Investigator, Energy Efficiency and Indoor Environmental Quality, Funding Source: Smith-Lever (competitive).
  • Training Partner, National Center for Healthy Housing and the New York State Department of Health:  Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners.
  • Re-entering a flooded home, in response to Hiurricane Sandy

  • 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

Related Websites:

Energy FAQ's:

Family Economics and Resource Management:
Residential Construction Waste Management:
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Technology Tuesday Webinar, Alternative Uses for Scrap Gypsum Wallboard:

Administrative Responsibilities:

Department Extension Leader, DEA

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

Faculty Senator, Cornell University Faculty Senate

Selected Publications:

Laquatra, J. (2014). Lead in household products, in Dietert, R. (ed.)  Toxicants in Plastics and Paper: Exposure and Health Risks to Consumers from Household Products and Food Packaging, Springer Publications, in press.


Laquatra, J. and Pierce, M. (2014). Waste management at the residential construction site. Cityscape, in press.


Laquatra, J. (2013). Lead Wars: the Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children, by Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press (2013), 298 pages. Housing and Society, 40(2): 246-249. (Book review)

Pierce, M. and Laquatra, J. (2013). Storm windows save heating energy. Home Energy, 30(3): 30-34.

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

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.