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About Us
The Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building is an international training and research institute devoted to finding solutions to the world's housing problems through sustainable building. We believe the answer lies in education - helping others help themselves.

We are striving to improve the world by encouraging sustainable housing and sustainable living practices. Our mission is primarily educational - to spread awareness of sustainable and attainable solutions through research and training. The projects at the Institute address affordability, sustainability, attainability and appropriateness for those who lack financial or material resources. We believe that housing is a human right, as determined by the United Nations, and that affordable housing for all can only be obtained by sustainable solutions. The Institute works with individuals, organizations and communities who are most in need and who often do not have access to appropriate education in sustainable living.

The Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building seeks to promote several concepts:
Address the root cause of many economic problems such as poverty, affordable housing and development through education and self sufficiency to alleviate world suffering;

Focus on sustainable building techniques and projects with an emphasis on cost, availability and suitability of materials;

Promote stewardship of the earth's resources by providing educational materials, workshops, training and certification programs in sustainable building;

Concentrate on sharing knowledge with populations in need of affordable housing on a world-wide basis

Founder and Director of the Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building:
Dr. Owen Geiger, Ph.D. in Social and Economic Development, is the former Director of Builders Without Borders and current member of the BWB Steering Committee. He is an author and engineer specializing in sustainable building. He co-authored the Builders Without Borders Straw-Bale Construction Guides and contributed to Building Without Borders: Sustainable Construction for the Global Village. Dr. Geiger has consulted on numerous international housing projects, worked closely with Habitat for Humanity for seven years and mentored housing officials with the United Nations Institute of Training and Research.

His background includes years of experience as a licensed contractor building, training employees and volunteers, and overseeing dozens of projects.

Recently he has become a correspondent for The Last Straw Journal and an Expert Advisor for A new partnership with the US Military Academy at West Point has the potential to spread sustainable building to unprecedented levels.

Dr. Owen Geiger

Crestone, Colorado 81131 Email: Contact Information