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Hogan's Heroes: 'Green' building by PHS students up for award

Modified: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Navajo Medicine Man Harry Benally, 96, (second from right) blesses a hogan created by students on Page High Schoolís campus. The structure blends modern energy-efficiency technologies with traditional cultural building design. Photo courtesy of Lisa Riedel

A green hogan at Page High School began as a dream in 2009 and became a reality when it was blessed and officially opened April 20.

Designed by PHS drafting and architecture students during the 2009-10 school year, the building blends todayís energy-efficiency technologies with traditional Navajo building design. Slowly taking shape over the years at the hands of Lisa Riedelís sustainable design classes and Jim Vanderwielís construction students, the 1,600 square-feet hogan features recycled-tire roof tiles topped off with a passive and active solar system, a gray water system, rainwater capturing system, hot water heat throughout the floor, as well as daylight tubing which brings in light but not heat.

For the complete article see the 05-01-2013 issue.

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