(This house reported 29 resource efficient features.
Nathaniel Corum, Design Director, Rose Architectural Fellow
Red Feather, a nonprofit, educates and empowers American Indian nations to create sustainable solutions to the severe housing crisis within reservation communities by teaching affordable, replicable and sustainable approaches to home construction.
As part of Red Feather's Elder Housing Initiative, this home is the first replicable-model, straw bale home constructed on the Hopi Reservation. Straw bale construction, especially when built with a frost-protected shallow foundation, is an affordable and energy-efficient housing solution. The home was constructed with community involvement, transferring straw bale construction skills to tribal members. This home also demonstrates efficient layout in a small footprint, the use of low-impact products (on both health and environment), and barrier-free design.