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Turtle Mountain Research Center



OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

Demonstration-Home

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(This house reported 30 resource efficient features.
Percentages above indicate the distribution of features and total 100%)

GOALS

  • To establish an ongoing relationship with tribal entities and community groups that will facilitate skills training and sustainable construction on the Turtle Mountain reservation.
Turtle Mountain Community Agriculture and Environmental Studies Building

HOME DETAILS

  • Location: Turtle Mountain, North Dakota
  • Climate Zone: Very-Cold
  • Type of Project: New Construction
  • Home Completed: 2005
  • Setting: rural
  • Energy Source: - solar
  • Layout: 3 bedroom; No garage
  • Lot Size: 100 acre
  • Square Footage: 1800
  • Sales Market: Low-income
  • Cost/Square Foot: $ 100.00

PRIMARY CONTACT

Nathaniel Corum, Design Director, Rose Architectural Fellow
Red Feather Development Group
- Developer - Sponsor

Website:
Phone: 406-585-7188
Fax: 406-585-7187
Email: info@redfeather.org

Note
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.

SPECIAL INFORMATION

This Environmental Research Center (ERC) at Turtle Mountain Community College serves as a model and learning laboratory for future home construction in the Turtle Mountain community where more than 1,000 homes are needed immediately and several hundred homes were recently condemned as unsafe to inhabit. Straw bale construction, especially when built with a frost-protected shallow foundation, is an affordable and energy-efficient housing solution. This building was constructed with community involvement, transferring straw bale construction skills to tribal members. The building also demonstrates the use of low-impact products (on both health and environment), and barrier-free design.

Tribal Community College Building Construction Technology

Strawbale Wall and Frost-protected Shallow Foundation

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