Jess Dilts is the director of housing for the Hydaburg Cooperative Association. As manager of Tribal NAHASDA for Hydaburg, Jess focuses primarily on rehabilitation work of existing homes increasing the energy efficiency while extending the life of the house. Under Jess’ direction, Hydaburg Cooperative Association, partnering with Building Science Corporation has been instrumental in developing climate-specific, energy efficient housing prototypes for the Habitat Congress Building America program. This work has culminated as the Building America design of the Basic Very Cold Climate House. Jess’ work is pioneering both new and retrofit housing resulting in buildings using 30 to 50 percent less energy, reducing construction time and waste by as much as 50 percent while improving builder productivity. Jess was appointed to the CCHRC board to fill the seat vacated by Wendy Knight and will be representing rural Alaska.