In the United States the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet in 1978 to 2,662 square feet in 2013, despite a decrease in the size of the average family. This was unacceptable to some and launched the modern tiny house movement. That much we know. What we don’t know is that an ever-increasing number of Millenials and younger are using modern technology, skilled labor, artisanship and craftsmanship, and ambition, to create small homes that personify a desire to live more while living with less. Such is the case with Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.
Prompted by a tiny house competition hosted by Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) a group of undergraduates as well as Tim Hight, faculty sponsor, have spent the past two years creating a home from 100 sq.ft. to 400 sq.ft. that employs renewable energy, green building techniques and sustainable living, while maintaining net-zero energy. For the past two years the team has designed and built just that and on October 15, 2016, at a showcase at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, they were named the champion of the inaugural Tiny House Competition in Sacramento.
Santa Clara led the competition throughout the week in measured contests (lighting, energy use, hot water, etc.) and on the final day of competition, they won six of the twenty sub-categories (day lighting, integrated lighting, interior design, best kitchen, best program, and best tour) and two of the four main categories (energy and communications).
You can find out more about the contest, the house, and how to sponsor students like these by visiting the rEvolve Tiny House website.