The Mongolian ger is a technological marvel that has stood the test of time. Ger-like structures can be found all over the world because they are durable, comfortable shelters that are easily built, maintained and moved when needed.
The U.S. Embassy in Mongolia has been working to find ways to merge the beauty and functionality of the Mongolian ger with technology that will make all of our homes – no matter where we live – more environmentally compatible. To do so, we created a learning space at the Embassy that joins together Mongolia’s unique ger design, along with other features that have been long-proven to sustain human life in Mongolia’s uniquely challenging climate, with some innovations reflecting the American climate and experience.
We built three gers, each with differences from one another that will allow us to test the efficiency and environmental effects of various heating, cooking, and other home-related technologies. We have also landscaped the surrounding grounds with specially-selected trees and other plants in order to test their capacities for combatting pollution.
Our goal is to work together with environmentally-conscious Mongolians to find innovative solutions that allow us to meet our basic needs and at the same time improve air quality, energy efficiency, and other health and safety issues.