May 4 Workshop: Passive and Rammed Earth Homes in Alaska


Dan Duame, Executive Director of the Aleutian Housing Authority (AHA), will discuss the genesis, design and progress for two prototype projects aimed at developing high performance affordable housing models for replication in the Aleutian region. These models are both being designed to meet Living Building Challenge and Passive House standards (which includes net-zero energy).  One is a super-efficient home in Sand Point. The other is a home being built in the Butte exploring the option of utilizing the high thermal mass benefits of Stabilized Rammed Earth (SRE) for all structural elements of the building, a construction technique never before tried in Alaska. **Eligible for 2 CEUs for residential endorsement** WEBINAR AVAILABLE
Registration required. More info: or 907.229.1982

May 4, 2013 | 6:30-8:30pm
Agate Inn, Wasilla



Dan Duame is currently Executive Director of the Aleutian Housing Authority (AHA). Headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, AHA is a consortium of thirteen federally recognized tribal governments located throughout a service area that stretches approximately 1,200 miles along the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Chain, and north to include the isolated but spectacular Pribilof Island communities of St. Paul and St. George.  AHA provides a full range of affordable housing programs and services throughout the Aleutian Pribilof region, including development and management of single family lease- to-own (“Mutual help”) homes, senior center and low rent facilities. AHA has recently formed a regional CDFI and is branching into housing development activities in the private sector as well.

Prior to accepting his position with AHA in early 2004, Dan practiced law primarily in the area of administrative, contract and general Indian law for approximately 17 years, including, 6 years in Nome, as General Counsel for the regional Native non-profit Kawerak, Inc., and 9 years as General Counsel for the Aleut regional Native non-profit, the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association.

Dan is the recent past President of the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities (AAHA); is chair of the AAHA Legislative Committee; has served on the board of CCHRC; and is a current member of the Alaska Craftsman Housing Program (ACHP) board.  Dan has been a strong advocate for pushing the performance envelope of affordable housing in the state and in 2010 worked with Cascadia Green Building Council to sponsor the international “Aleutian Living Home Design Competition.”  The competition resulted in AHA proceeding with two net-zero energy prototype projects which are currently under design and scheduled for construction in 2013.

Dan earned his undergraduate degree from Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN), a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA); and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University.