Environmental Design faculty member, Rob Pyatt, receives $124,995 HUD grant


Program in Environmental Design Senior Instructor, Rob Pyatt, received a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant in the amount of $124,995 for his proposal, "Designing for People and Place: Sustainable &Affordable Housing for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation" through the Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative (NASHI). NASHI is an interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty and students seeking to improve housing conditions on tribal lands through research, education and outreach activities and was founded by Pyatt in 2010.

The grant will support NASHI's ongoing mission of establishing a sustainable, affordable and culturally appropriate housing research, design and demonstration home project on the Oglala Lakota College (OLC) campus as a foundation for an ongoing academic service-learning program between the CU-Boulder Program in Environmental Design and the ConstructionTechnology program at OLC. The overall objective of the project will be to develop a comprehensive case study to help inform the future housing choices for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and an “applied research” laboratory to educate OLC and CU-Bouder students in the design and construction of sustainable, affordable, culturally inclusive and regionally appropriate housing.

The Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative is receiving national attention and was included in an article in Architectural Record Magazine called “The New Frontier in Education.

There will be four sustainable housing prototypes built as part of Phase 01 of the Thunder Valley regenerative community development. These four houses will have the same layout and use the same technologies to achieve comfort and cost savings, but will have different construction types including straw bale infill, compressed earth block, structural insulated panels and conventionally framed. Follow on Facebook the progress of the first straw bale infill prototype house being built.

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