Published: Dec. 17, 2013

Pyatt and students spent two summers at Pine Ridge to help construct energy-efficient demonstration houses designed and conceptualized by students in the NASHI service-learning course. Each structure -- strawbale, optimized wood frame, compressed earth block, and SIPS (structural insulated panels) -- is designed to be energy efficient and appropriate for the variable climate. The teams return every two months, monitor how the prototypes are performing and have influenced current building on the reservation.