CNM Celebrates Student-built, Eco-friendly Home Next to Main Campus

CNM students and UNM students see their real-world experience turn into a fresh new residential house that will soon be somebody's home.
October 03, 2019

Through a partnership between CNM and UNM, a new eco-friendly home has been designed, built and placed adjacent to CNM’s Main Campus. Students from UNM’s School of Architecture + Planning and UNM’s ecoMOD Project designed the eco-friendly modular home. Students from trades programs in CNM’s School of Applied Technologies and interns from the community built the house.

On Thursday, CNM hosted an Open House & BBQ to celebrate the successful collaboration.

The home, located at the corner of Buena Vista Dr. and Oxford Ave., is designed to be certified at the Gold level through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The project was funded with the help of a $200,000 donation from PNM.

“I am so proud of the amazing work that both CNM and UNM students did on this project,” said CNM President Kathie Winograd. “The real-world experience they were able to gain through this collaboration will serve them very well as they progress on their educational and career journeys. These students learned the value of teamwork and they learned coveted skills in green building that will also benefit local employers when these students enter the workforce.”

Construction drawings provided by the UNM Architecture students were brought to life by CNM students majoring in carpentry, construction management, electrical, plumbing and HVAC, along with job-seeking interns from the community.

More than 40 students from CNM and UNM worked on the home.

In addition to learning valuable eco-friendly building techniques that will make these students highly valuable in the workforce, many students also earned OSHA 10 certifications.

The home is 975 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and wheelchair accessibility. The outside of the home was constructed using pre-engineered Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) that have proven to cut energy costs by almost 50 percent. Other green building features include energy-efficient window design and LED lighting.

Once the home is completed, CNM Ingenuity will offer the home for rent to the community.

CNM Ingenuity plans to continue to develop the Student Build Program and will partner with Lowe’s on the next home.

Inside the student-built home.