(This house reported 30 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.
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.