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Home on the Range, Billings, Montana

Now a 10,000-square-feet office for the Northern Plains Resource Council and the Western Organization of Resource Councils, this building formerly housed a derelict grocery store. What was once a Billings eyesore is now a local landmark and has brought new life into a downtown portion. The total construction cost for the building was $1.4 million. A 10-kW grid-tied photovoltaic system generates approximately 37 percent of the building's electricity, and a solar thermal water system supplies all of the hot water. The building uses evaporative cooling and radiant heating for space conditioning. Composting toilets and a water-free urinal help the building reduce water use by two-thirds (compared to a similar building). Cubicles, wood trim, solid oak doors, biofiber boards, carpet tiles, bathroom wall tiles, fly-ash concrete, furniture upholstery, bathroom sinks, and kitchen tiles are examples of products containing recycled, salvaged, and sustainable materials.*

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