Mescalero Apache Tribe | I-Sah’-Din’-Dii, Phase I

The I Sah’ Din’ Dii Housing Project, Phase I, is a rural development of 30 low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) units and a community center that are located within a beautiful, high-altitude ponderosa pine forest in southern New Mexico. Energy savings, occupant health, and reduced impact on the surrounding forest were primary goals of the project. The project team also compared different wall systems to determine the most cost-effective approach to a tight building envelope for use in future projects. I Sah’ Din’ Dii is a model for green, context-appropriate tribal housing.

This case study forms part of the Case Studies 2013 project by the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC). These case studies are foundational to SNCC's multi-year effort to research and share the exciting work that tribes are undertaking across the country.

About The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC) was founded in New Mexico in 2009 to advance the development of culturally and environmentally responsive housing design within American Indian communities.

Through planning, architectural design, technical assistance and research, the collaborative help tribal communities gain self-sufficiency, improve their impacts on the natural world, and develop healthy, green, culturally-appropriate communities.