Sustainable Building Technologies

Adapt, Refine, Demystify

With support from sponsors and the National Science Foundation, AIHI conducts engineering and design research that helps to demysitify and refine resource efficient and regionally appropriate building methods on American Indian Reservations.

Design Goals
Simple - encouraging volunteer friendly and engaging building processes.
Functional - responsive to the needs of tribal communities.
Sustainable - affordable and environmentally friendly.
High-Tech - using state-of-the-art technology and analysis tools.

Performance Goals
Durable - withstanding the harsh climate of the Northern Plains.
Energy Efficient - reducing dependency on high-cost electricity and fossil fuels.
Healthy - creating comfortable, naturally lit, and well ventilated homes and facilities.