Reclaimed Tiny House Built by Students

Posted by Rumin Mann
January 7th, 2011

Tiny houses are popping up all over the country.  Students at Green Mountain College built one with reclaimed materials last semester.  They spent $1,927 on materials, acquiring insulation at half price and lumber and windows from the local salvage store.  The 8-foot by 12-foot house still needs a solar-powered electrical system, which will be installed early next year.

When complete, the tiny house will be off-grid.  Rainwater from a low corner of the roof will be collected and processed in a water catchment system for domestic use.

The home was designed and built through a field-based, interdisciplinary program called REED – Renewable Energy and EcoDesign.  It’s a 22-credit program that gives students the opportunity to work on actual green projects.

So far, 19 students worked on the project in Professor Lucas Brown’s design & build course.  If you’re interested (a video on the GMC’s website indicates that interest has been strong), it will be sold next Spring when completed.

Source: Jetson Green – Dec 21, 2010

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