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Bismarck State College Project Home #3










(This house reported 19 resource efficient features.
Percentages above indicate the distribution of features and total 100%)


  • To promote renewable energy and energy efficient construction practices.
  • This home is the second home (with three planned) constructed through a partnership between Bismarck State College carpentry program and the North Dakota Energy Office. The intent of the project is to expose future builders to sustainable building design.
Southern Exposure Bismarck State College Home


  • Location: Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Climate Zone: Cold
  • Type of Project: New Construction
  • Home Completed: 2005
  • Setting: rural
  • Energy Source: - solar - natural gas - grid electric - geothermal
  • Layout: Single-Family; 3 bedroom; Attached garage
  • Lot Size: 2 acre
  • Square Footage: 3770
  • Sales Market: Middle-income
  • Cost/Square Foot: Unknown


Earl Torgerson, Assistant Professor
Bismarck State College
- Builder

Phone: (701) 224-5561
Fax: (701) 224-5552
Email: Earl.Torgerson@bsc.nodak.edu


This home is the result of a partnership between the North Dakota Department of Commerce Energy Office and the Bismarck State College (BSC) Carpentry Department. The Energy Office initiated discussions with the goal of including sustainable design into the curriculum at BSC, as the students are the state's future homebuilders. BSC looked favorably upon the opportunity to incorporate sustainable design into the curriculum. The partners worked together to brainstorm design and products for a three year, three home project. Bismarck State College carpentry program is constructing the homes with funding by the State Energy Office. This is the third home constructed through this partnership.

This home demonstrates the use of passive solar and geothermal space and water heating, within an airtight building envelope. Supplemental electric and natural gas systems provide backup. In addition, the home is situated in proximity to existing services and utilized existing utilities reducing impacts of growth on infrastructure.

Energy Star Appliances and Accessible Work Stations

Heat Exchanger

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