3423 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, New York
Design + Environmental Analysis


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 60 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, 2006-2007), Who's Who in America (2008-2016), Who's Who in the World (2009-2016), and Who's Who in Collegiate Faculty (2010-2011).

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

Ongoing project:

Principal Investigator, Residential Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality


Laquatra, J. (2017). Housing and community sustainability, in Anacker, K.; Carswell, A.T.; Tremblay, K.R.; Kirby, S.D. (eds.) Introduction to Housing. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, in press.

 Laquatra J (2016). Healthy indoor environments. JSM Health Education and Primary Health Care 1(1): 1-3.

 Laquatra, J.  and Carswell, A.T. (2016). Re-assessing the economic and analytical tools that measure and optimize households’ energy efficiency improvements, Housing and Society, 42(3): 166-178.

Laquatra, J. (2016). Controlling home heating costs. The Balance Sheet,  December.


  • 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, Journal of Architectural Engineering
  • Supervisor, Marie Curie Fellow, Ivan Alvarez-Leon, 2014-2016

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.
  • Member, Technical Advisory Committee, Tompkins County Residential Energy Score Project

  • 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

College Engagement Leader, DEA

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

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: