Sustainable, Affordable, Native American Housing Development
The I-Sah’-Din’-Dii Housing Development is located within the Mescalero Apache Tribal Reservation on land abutting natural forest areas. The project was funded in part through a tax credit allocation from the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. Thirty new homes and a community center are situated adjacent to an existing 32-unit development and connect to the nearby K-12 school. Both the housing units and the community center have an east entry, which is the traditional orientation for ancestral nomadic Apache dwellings.
We designed the 1,300 square foot homes with open plans that accommodate large families typical of the Mescalero Apache. Each house is oriented for passive solar heating with appropriately sized overhanging eaves. The eaves also collect rainwater during most of the year and protect the homes during the very snowy winter. Deciduous trees on the south sides of the buildings, ceiling fans, and natural ventilation all help to keep the houses cool during summer. Evergreens planted on the western edge of each unit shield the harsh west winds. Each home has a wood stove, which is typical for the area, supplemented with a radiant floor and baseboard heat.
Walks and patios are paved with concrete pavers, and roads and drives are a mix of standard and porous asphalt to ensure that there is low velocity water runoff. The site was designed according to low impact development guidelines in order to protect adjacent forest land.
Structural Engineer: Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers, Inc.; MEP Engineer: The Response Group; Civil Engineer: RME Santa Fe Engineering, Inc.; Contractor: Pavilion Construction
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