VENETIE TEACHER HOUSING The new teacher housing complex in Venetie looks like the other log homes in the small arctic village, but uses a fraction of the energy. The four-plex consumed just 330 gallons of heating oil during the first year of occupancy, 90% less than the average home in the region. The unique design combines the local tradition of logs with the thermal performance of urethene. It features a structural wall made out of locally harvested logs and an interior steel stud wall filled with 10 inches of polyurethane foam, for a total R-value of 70 (compared to about R-15 for an average log wall). With the high cost of heating oil in Venetie, teachers in these homes are saving thousands of dollars a year on energy. Read more here.