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2010 Sioux Falls Affordable Housing Competition


The first biennial Sioux Falls, South Dakota Affordable Housing competition was open to the greater Sioux Falls area. It was presented by Architecture for Humanity—Sioux Falls and was sponsored by the City of Sioux Falls Community Development Office and Affordable Housing Solutions. The challenge was to design an affordable, functional, contextual, and LEED attainable house for a local family. Homes needed to be $100,000 or less (including materials and construction costs), no greater than 950 square feet, and had to be able to demonstrate the ability to achieve LEED for Homes platinum certification.

Architecture Incorporated of Sioux Falls, SD submitted the winning home design called the “Shift House”. It has now been completed in the Whittier neighborhood of Sioux Falls. The “Shift House” was designed to shift the perception of what affordable housing can be. It can be innovative, sustainable, and well-designed. The emphasis is to show the benefits of sustainable design, and both short term and long term affordability, for qualified homeowners using replicable and innovative affordable housing ideas. The design team’s consideration to the context of the neighborhood and efficient, flexible interior layout provides a home that blends well with the surrounding community.

Construction has incorporated a passive solar design with highly energy efficient components such as “Energy Star” rated windows and doors, on demand water heaters, and other construction components that meet or exceed the Department of Energy 2009 energy efficiency code requirements.

The house was sold before it ever entered the market.


726 N. Highland Ave.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103
United States

Project Details

NAME: 2010 Sioux Falls Affordable Housing Competition
PROJECT LEAD: Brent Schuettpelz
LOCATION: 726 N. Highland Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103, United States
START DATE: January 30, 2011
CURRENT PHASE: Construction complete
COST: $100000 USD (Estimated)
SIZE: 950 sq. ft
PROJECT TYPE: Residential - Single Family
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: The Sioux Falls Affordable Housing Competition aims to... ...change the stigma of affordable housing in Sioux Falls; ...encourage the professional design and construction industry to participate in community service; ...excite the public about the possibilities of affordable housing in Sioux Falls; ...raise awareness about housing needs in our community; ...promote green design in residential construction; ...create replicable strategies for both short-term and long-term affordability; ...empower the people of our communities to make positive change; ...and build a home for a family in need.