After attending a vocational trade school where Roger scored the highest grade ever achieved and NDSU where he was an honor student, at the age of twenty-two, Roger was promoted to Production Manager and Superintendent of the largest home builder in the State of North Dakota. While managing more than than 50 houses under construction at one time, Roger developed a scheduling system, which the company, he was working for, incorporated to manage their projects in other cities.
Roger's thirst for knowledge and his studies in building science led him to research and construction being performed in Canada and Europe, which ultimately led to the development of his "Super Homes". During the early 1980's Roger was hired as a consultant by two home building companies to develop their "super insulated" homes and was retained as a consultant by ANG Coal Gasification. As a consultant to ANG's architects, Roger developed the advanced building methods that were used on over 50 homes ANG built for their employees.
Every advanced building method that Roger began teaching or developing in the early 1980's became building code in the State of Minnesota in 1998. Unfortunately, it wasn't until January 1, 2011 that only a few of those critical building methods became code in the State of North Dakota and even those aren't being enforced, This has caused structural and environmental problems in homes across the state.
Since 1980, Roger's expertise in construction has attracted the media, this included; news stories on KFYR and KXMB TV; articles in the Bismarck Tribune, including one full page; five educational articles in the REC Magazine, including one he authored; Roger's "Tip of the Day" was heard on KBMR Radio.
While operating Kjonaas Super Homes, Roger's homes were used by North Dakota State University in seminars to educate vocational instructors on advanced building methods and indoor environmental control systems.
Roger was a guest speaker for a seminar sponsored by the State of North Dakota to inform architects and engineers on technical issues and developments involving residential construction.
Roger was also a guest speaker at several events including the Seven State Bureau of Indian Affairs Housing Conference and the North Dakota State Intergovernmental Affairs Luncheon.
The Under Secretary of Energy came to Bismarck and met with Roger and toured his Super Homes in 1984.