After a 1998 Housing Needs Assessment identified that Grand Teton National Park needed 55 more housing units to recruit and maintain staff in an area that has little affordable housing, phase one of a project to construct quality housing for park employees was funded.
This phase of the project consisted of constructing seven four-plex employee housing units located in the existing Moose neighborhood. The housing units were designed with U.S. Green Building Council LEED for homes™ Platinum certification in mind.
Sustainability features of the housing units include:
- Recycled wood finishes
- Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified lumber for framing and floor finishes
- Homes incorporate modular construction, which has nearly zero waste
- Water efficient fixtures and systems
- Superinsulated walls and roofs for more efficient heating
- Native landscaping and reduced irrigation demands
- Energy recovery ventilation systems